These deals are too good to be true

Chicago is rife with excellent dining, but oftentimes those expert plates come at high prices. But luckily, there are hacks to be found. From lunch specials to bar menus to prix fixe deals, many of the city’s most esteemed dining engagements offer more affordable options, even those with Michelin cred. Below, Chicago’s most budget-friendly dining deals from some of the city’s top players.

RPM Steak

As its name suggests, RPM Steak focuses on beef. And it’s no secret that beef, especially types of wagyu, can cost a pretty penny, and even here plates can quickly surpass $100. But those who’d like beef for dinner (or lunch) at a more affordable rate should try the house steak frites. The dish costs $43 and guests land an 8-ounce wood-grilled cap (the most prized part of the ribeye), served with fries and Béarnaise sauce.

Everest

While sky-high French boîte Everest serves a $165 tasting menu, the hack is to come Tuesday to Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays between 5 and 5:30 p.m. for the three-course pre-theatre $59 special. That menu changes daily, and if diners drove, complimentary valet parking is also included.