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Dinner near Art Institute for tomorrow night?

maillard Aug 31, 2006 06:49 PM

Hi Chicago board folks... I am wondering if someone could recommend a restaurant to take my parents to for their anniversary tomorrow evening. I don't live in Chicago, so I don't know the neighborhoods well at all, so please excuse my vagueness on location. I know that they'll be at the art institute, so somewhere near there would be best. They're staying in the Clark/Belmont area, so that would be okay as well.

For type of food, somewhere nice, but not stuffy. I was thinking maybe Frontera Grill or Topolobampo, though it might be tricky to get into those so last minute.

Any suggestions would be very much appreciated. I am also searching the board and I apologize if this has been covered recently.

Thanks!

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    Akatonbo Aug 31, 2006 07:10 PM

    If you can make a reservation, Topolobampo would be nice - the food is excellent (Frontera can be crowded and noisy). What about Russian Tea Time? Lovely place, good food, very close to the Art Institute. Near to the Clark/Belmont area is Erwin, at 2925 N. Halsted - great food in a very pretty room. We were just there last night, and had the best chicken livers (in an appetizer) that we've ever eaten. Everything was delicious (we both had the duck confit and sweetbreads combo), and entrees range from $13 to $22.

    Here's a link for Russian Tea Time: http://www.russianteatime.com/

    Here's a link for Erwin: http://www.erwincafe.com/

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      maillard Aug 31, 2006 07:23 PM

      Great ideas, thanks! I was also considering David Burke's Primehouse and Blackbird. I think Erwin is a great suggestions since it's a bit more affordable and I'm not completely sure how much they're looking to spend.

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        Anne H Sep 6, 2006 03:02 AM

        I'll second Russian Tea Time. We had a delightful dinner there about six months ago. Just don't order the Russian wines, unless you really know what you are doing! Our waiter thankfully headed us off by giving us a taste of two of the Russian wines we had been thinking of-- they were just awful-- and we settled for something French. According to our waiter (from Russia) the vodka is great, but they really don't produce good wine. (And we don't drink vodka.)

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        Markauf Aug 31, 2006 07:29 PM

        From Clark & Belmont you're not too far from Mia Francesca's, a neighborhood favorite.

        http://www.francescarestaurants.com/r...

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          jbw Aug 31, 2006 08:14 PM

          It's been up and down since it opened (depending on who's in the kitchen), but Rhapsody is certainly a pleasant site for a more formal meal, and it is right across the street from the AI. Here's their website, with menu and Wine List:

          http://www.cso.org/main.taf?p=5,6,1

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            mander Sep 1, 2006 07:46 PM

            How about Custom House. It is a walk from the Art Institute. The food is excellent and perfect for an anniversary dinner.

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              lbarabasz Sep 1, 2006 10:00 PM

              Gene & Georgetti's. If you like steak, it can't be beat

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                frienetic Sep 3, 2006 02:25 PM

                Any good places for a lunch aroung the Art Institute? I'll be around the Millinnium Park area and on down to the Aquarium and am looking for a great lunch spot. A great sandwich would be great.

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                  mepp Sep 8, 2006 05:58 PM

                  Don't know if it's your thing, but Osaka Express is within walking distance of the Art Institute. Their fruit shakes are quite good, and their sushi is very serviceable. It's my go-to place for a quick, good, inexpensive meal in the area.

                  Osaka Express
                  400 S Michigan Ave

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