Monday, March 17

Chicago Chef Week (which, with its set-price lunch and dinner deals, is like Chicago Restaurant Week but with a different name and a March start date) kicked off over the weekend and runs through Friday. As we pointed out during Restaurant Week, these kind of promotions require a little comparison shopping to see if you’re getting your money’s worth, but the menus are worth a look here.

Wednesday, March 19

Happy birthday, M Burger! All four of their locations (find the closest one to you here) will be celebrating the franchise’s fourth birthday by offering a gratis burger of your choice—from a basic hamburger to any of their signature offerings—with any purchase, even just an order of fries.

Thursday, March 20

Today’s the first day of spring, and it just might crack 50 degrees outside, so yes, it’s officially ice cream season. All three locations of Paciugo Gelato (check their addresses here) will offer free piccolo-size cups (that’s a little more than 5 ounces) with up to three flavors from 3 to 7 p.m.

Or if your free dessert tastes lean more cupcake-y than creamy, swing by the J.W. Marriott hotel (151 W. Adams St., Loop, 312-660-8200) and show proof that you’re either a guest, a Facebook fan, or a Twitter follower of the hotel and you can nab a complimentary lavender white chocolate cupcake any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Saturday, March 22

Did you know today is National Coq Au Vin Day? Non? Now that you know, you can snag a plate of the rustic French classic for $13 at Troquet Ravenswood (1834 W. Montrose Ave., 773-334-5664).