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The Big Downtown Restaurant

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Any thoughts on the Big Downtown? What kind of atmosphere, do tourists or locals go there? Is the food good, is it expensive? Thanks so much!

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  1. I haven't heard of "the big downtown"...is it new? What a terrrible name!

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    1. re: aelph

      It's part of the Palmer House Hilton on E. Monroe Street, I think.

    2. I ate there a couple times when I worked in the Loop. I'd say it's a bit more of a tourist place than a locals' place. The food is fair, a bit pricey for lunch ($10 - $12 for entre if I remember correctly).

      1. I really like the Big Downtown as a bar. It's one of the few places in the loop that you can go after work to meet a few friends and have a drink and an appetizer. In the early evening there is a pretty good mix of locals and tourists.

        They have excellent drink specials and a lively atmosphere. There is sometimes live music, which is usually good, but often makes it too loud to really talk.

        The food is fine, nothing special.