Chicago Restaurant Week, Jan. 25-Feb. 7, is the perfect excuse to indulge in longtime favorites or explore new eateries making their mark on the city’s dining scene. Here, some of our top picks.

Aba
Make your reservations fast, because this Fulton Market darling is a hard spot to get into on a regular week. Restaurant Week proves to be an excellent opportunity to check out the Mediterranean hot spot, with the option to select from a bevy of its excellent spreads, meaty plates and desserts. Favorite starters include the whipped feta with crushed pistachio and pancetta-flecked Brussels sprouts, while irresistible entrees span from chef C.J. Jacobson’s grilled octopus to slow-braised leg of lamb to a shawarma-spiced skirt steak. The kulfi dessert is an intriguing Turkish ice cream, and as a bonus, guests can also select a glass of wine, making this menu truly the toast of the town. $48, 302 N. Green St., 773.645.1400