Blackbird opened in 1997, and its Paul Kahan won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef in 2013. I spent five hours there on New Year’s Eve eating a 10-course tasting meal with some of my best friends. We were a relatively large group in a small space filled with couples, but the waitstaff orchestrated our meal at the perfect unhurried pace. One of my friends has a crazy number of allergies and every course was adjusted for her without any issues at all. The wine pairings were ideal, there was so much food I couldn’t finish the last couple of courses, and I’ve never had beef tartare so luscious.
By Kaitlyn Barrett, AFAR Local Expert
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Best Fancy Deal: Weekday $22 Fixe Prixe at Blackbird
I'm lucky to have food loving friends to tell me about this amazing deal. Normally, the menu items are triple the price at dinner but you get an appetizer, main and dessert for $22 at lunch during the week. It really gives you the chance to try out a nice restaurant. I loved the simplicity and intimacy of this white yet warm room full of business folk but food loving patrons as well. I got: the arctic char, the duck and the winter coup for dessert. I also recommend splurging on a boozy cocktail. They're delicious here. Ryan, the bartender, is the best. He even wrote down his favourite recommendations for me (again, always talk to the bartender for the best local restaurant/bar tips. They know). One of the best deals in Chicago, I found.
By Natalie Taylor, AFAR Local Expert
619 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661, USA
Sun - Thur 5pm - 10pm
Mon - Fri 11:30am - 2pm
Fri, Sat 5pm - 11pm