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Chicago Dining

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Fridge_Break, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. Fridge_Break

    Fridge_Break #HotMessExpress

    I'm looking for some suggestions for restaurants in downtown Chicago. I'm going to be seeing Wicked at the Cadillac Palace Theatre on Saturday night with my significant one and we're looking for somewhere nearby to get dinner beforehand. Ideally we'd like a place somewhat romantic but not ridiculously upscale, but not casual either. Money isn't too big of an issue, we will be traveling by foot, and seafood is a no. :p Any recommendations?
  2. UMBS Go Blue



    Have fun! :inavoid: :40beers:

    ETA: I'd recommend some sushi places but you said seafood is a no. :( Also, IMHO, having stayed at the massive Hyatt on Michigan & Wacker dozens of times, downtown is not anywhere near as lively as some of the more residential neighborhoods - perhaps consider getting a light meal beforehand someplace downtown, and heading out somewhere like Lincoln Park or Wrigleyville for drinks/another light meal afterwards.

    ETA: which reminds me that I ought to visit one of my B-school friends in Chicago and camp out on her lake view balcony in Wrigleyville. When it's warmer, of course. ;)
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2010
  3. Orable

    Orable Well-Known Member

    Try Italian Village on Monroe near Dearborn. It's around the block from the Theater District, so the walk won't be too terrible. There are 2 restaurants, the one on the second floor, The Village, is the one I recommend based on what you wrote. It's romantic (designed to look like a softly lit Italian ... well, village :p) and the prices are not sky-high. And the food is to die for. :swoon:
  4. Allen

    Allen Glad to be back!

    If I'm remembering correctly, Cadillac Palace is on Randolph. If so, you should check out Stephanie Izzard's sublime restaurant The Girl and the Goat. It's also on randolph, a few blocks west of the Cadillac Palace. It's my new favorite restaurant to go to when I visit friends in Chicago. You can check it out here
  5. Kruss

    Kruss Not Auto-Tuned

    Cadillac Palace is definitely on Randolph (I work practically next door). Another suggestion is the Rosebud - the Theater District location at 70 W. Madison. Very good food, not far from the theater.
  6. mashenka82

    mashenka82 New Member

    One of my absolute favorite places is The Purple Pig (it's on Michigan, just north of the river). It's kind of tapas - it's absolutely amazing and they have great wine! Only thing is that they don't take reservations.

    The other place I love is Osteria via Stato (Italian) and really delicious!

    Keep in mind that cabs are everywhere and if you didn't want to walk from either of the above two places, you could take a 5 minute ($5) cab ride.

    If you're willing to venture a little bit further (still about a 5-10$ cab ride), I would try Avec which is somewhat tapas-esque and has a great wine selection as well!
  7. Allen

    Allen Glad to be back!

    I have to second Avec, it's fabulous.
  8. Orable

    Orable Well-Known Member

    Haven't been to all the restaurants mentioned in this thread, but have heard awesome things about them all. Let us know how your food experience goes this weekend!
  9. SharonDudd

    SharonDudd New Member


    Brazzaz is really an amazing and unusual place. Actually it is more of a dining experience rather than just somewhere to eat. A bit on the pricey side but different than just about anything else in the Loop. I agree with the whole grab a quick cab ride! The wind blowing around downtown over the lake can be wickerd (and sorry for the pun, it was just too good to pass up!).

    Whatever you decide, I'm sure you will have a wonderful time. If time allows it, take a cab ride along Michigan Ave. and see all the lovely holiday decorations. It is especially magical at night with everything twinkling. Plus you don't see the day to day grit and grime of the city.

    The Cadillac theater is a great place to see a play. Have a wonderful time!
  10. Fridge_Break

    Fridge_Break #HotMessExpress

    Orable - Clear out your inbox :)