Have you been keeping a secret from the rest of us?
My conscience has finally caught up with me. I feel like I'm in the confessional or something. What's a nice Jewish girl like me doing in a confessional? I have had wonderful experiences and didn't post for fear of too many people finding out and making it harder to get a reservation. I will tell you about my restaurant and hope that I will inspire other Chowhounds, who have been keeping a secret also, to share with the rest of us. My secret is the Dining Room at Kendall College in Evanston. I have provided a link so that you can take a look at the menu and get the address and other information. For a mere $16 you can get an outstanding three course lunch. Dinner is a la carte and will cost a little bit more. I have had lunch and dinner there and enjoyed both very much. I'm sure that I'm not the only one who's dined there so if you have also let's hear what you think of it. I've also eaten at their cafeteria which is open to the public. The cafeteria is pretty hit or miss however because you never know what they might have. It's also much cheaper than the Dining Room, can't remember the prices. I get the impression that the newer students cook for the cafeteria and the ones who are further along in their studies cook for the Dining Room. Okay, I feel much better having gotten that off my chest! Who's next for the Chowhound confessional?
Kendall College is great fun, it is BYO and they do a lovely meal. Depending on where they seat you, you can look into the kitchen (we then find we have to tell the Chef Instructor - "dude, it's time for the no double dipping speech again.")
The best is the Monday Night dining series. They invite chefs from around chicago to cook within a theme. It is the most advanced students in this class. They have done women chefs, classically trained chefs, neuevo latino dining, etc.
That is a prix fixe (around 30-35 per person including tax and tip and corkage) for 5 courses. It starts at 6:30 and goes until around 9. You have to make a reservation.