WHAT IS 217 BURGER WEEK?
Participating restaurants have called on their talented chefs to create awesome and unique off-menu burgers for one week only – January 23-29, 2017. And you get to try as many as you like for five bucks a piece – but only during burger week. You know we have some crazy talented chefs in this town, and by January 23rd everyone that started a diet at the beginning of the year will be ready for some real food! This will be epic…
THE 7 COMMANDMENTS OF 217 BURGER WEEK
1. THEY WILL RUN OUT (THEY WILL MAKE MORE TOMORROW)
These restaurants will be busy. This is our very first Burger Week, and we have no idea what to expect – with the exception of hundreds of hungry diners. So, if a place runs out toward the end of a shift, take it like a pro: go back the next day, try an earlier time, order your burger, and thank them for working their butts off to do this for you.
Please be nice to our restaurants and their staff.
2. THERE WILL BE WAITS
This is our first Burger Week, remember? If not, see #1 above. Don’t be surprised if restaurants have waits. In fact, be surprised if they don’t.
3. YOU WILL TIP AND GIVE THANKS
$5 brings out the cheap in all of us, but really, you’re getting a $10-$15 burger (many restaurants go way overboard with ingredients, trying to outdo each other), so please tip at least 20%. We expect the people who are serving you are working harder during Burger Week than at any other point in the year. A kind word will also be welcome—these people are our friends and neighbors.
4. YOU REALLY SHOULD BUY A DRINK OR OTHER FOOD
While extra purchases are not a requirement, we think it says something good about you if you show a little love to a restaurant going above and beyond to bring you an awesome burger. Pick up some fries and a pint of beer. Take a friend (or two or three), even if they are not burger aficionados. These restaurants will still offer their regular menu items. You’ll enjoy yourself more with friends, anyway. 217 Burger Week is dine-in only. There will be no $5 carry–out orders.
5. CHECK TWITTER, FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM
Restaurants are encouraged to post their waits and remaining burgers for the day. For links to restaurants, go to “The Burgers” page and click on each restaurant burger photo. Also, check Instagram & Twitter #217BurgerWeek
6. SOCIAL SHARING IS CARING
Illinois Times loves burgers so much we’re celebrating with great giveaways! 217 Burger Week is a social affair so we’ll reward notable #217BurgerWeek social sharers with restaurant gift cards. Tag us socially for a chance to win!
Facebook: 217 Burger Week
7. TRAVEL WITH 217 BURGER WEEK PASSPORT & WIN!
Eat 2 Win!
Turn 217 Burger Week into a culinary tour for your taste buds. Eat three or more burgers from participating restaurants, get your passport stamped and turn it in for your chance to win our 217 Burger Week Epic Grill Package – valued at $600. You’ll be the envy of your neighbors with a Weber Kettle Grill, 14 piece stainless steel BBQ set, A-MAZE-N 12″ smoker tube, two boxes of A-MAZE-N premium wood BBQ pellets, 30 oz. YETI Tumbler and $100 in gift certificates for meat to throw on your new grill. 217 Burger Week Epic Grill Package presented by Illinois Times, Gordon Food Service, Ace Hardware, Magro’s Meat and Produce and Ebolt Supply.
Submit your passport to any participating restaurant or Illinois Times by 5pm on Monday, January 30th. Must be 18 to participate. Winner chosen at random.
Our prize patrol is busy gathering goodies so you can #WinStuff. Check back later for more details.