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Celebrated Chefs of Chicago Support Community by Giving Back

Eat out and give back! 

5% to your cause,
everytime you dine out.

Celebrated Chefs is a unique dining program that supports the work of hundreds of non-profit organizations in Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington DC.

Enrollment is free and includes the exquisite Celebrated Chefs cookbook featuring a signature recipe from each participating restaurant.

To get started, you can  “enroll”  online, select the cause you wish to support, register any credit card you use when dining on business or pleasure, then dine at a participating restaurant. The result? The restaurant automatically donates 5% of your bill back to your designated cause. 

It is that simple!  How cool is that?

Celebrated Chefs.




Chicago is a BYOB city.

There are more than 400 restaurants without a liquor license that allow you to bring wine (or beer if you must). Usually BYOB is offered because a restuarant is waiting for their liquor license to be approved or perhaps they cannot get a license because of a restrictive ordinance. For the consumer, you have the luxury of enjoying great food and are able to save big on the bar bill!

Always keep in mind, the restaurant is still providing you a service. They usually open the wine for you and some will chill the wine in a bucket at your table. It is proper etiquette to calculate extra for the tip, since they have provided you with extra service. Some restaurants may also charge a small corkage fee.

There is a great book (and site) out called BYOB CHICAGO, by Jean Iversen, which covers about 150 Chicago establishments. Some that I know of…..

* Always Thai
* Art of Pizza, The
* Bhabi’s Kitchen
* Cafe Suron
* Cathedral Cafe
* Coast Sushi
* Cozy Noodles & Rice
* Cucina di Donatella, La
* Dharma Garden Thai
* F212
* Green Tea
* Hama Matsu
* Hemas
* Kanok Sushi
* Katy’s Dumpling House
* Los Nopales
* Mr. Thai  * Nookies
* Nuevo Leon
* Orange
* Palmito
* Parrot Cage
* Rhythm & Spice
* Rique’s Regional Mexican Food
* Sol de Mexico
* South
* Speakeasy SupperClub
* Tango Sur
* Terragusto
* Think Cafe
* Tre Kronor
* Wholly Frijolies Mexican Grill 

Michael Snell
for Best of the Best Dining Chicago