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uptowner Oct 3, 2006 06:36 PM

I am visiting from minneapolis this weekend. I am looking for a pre-theatre dinner recommendation for saturday. We are going to the victory gardens "greenhouse". Anything but Italian. Preferebly ethnic or fusion mid to high end ($20-30 entree) that would take reservations. Also prefer walking distance since we are not going to have a car.

Would also love a rec for sunday brunch. would love to take the "L" to one of the neighbourhoods to get away from downtown but it has to be worth it. local fresh ingredients a key. Great food more important than the crowd.

Any other recs for all meals are welcome. Staying at the Burnahm Hotel.

Much appreciated,

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    uptowner Oct 6, 2006 09:07 PM

    Thanks you all for your help. Looking forward to trying some of those out.

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      Ilovevino Oct 4, 2006 07:15 PM

      Milk and Honey is a great choice for brunch. They are on Division street in Wicker Park, where there are also many boutiques for great shopping after eating.

      To get there, take the Blue Line towards O'Hare. From the Burnham, get on at the Washington/Dearborn stop and get off at Division. Walk west on Division.

      I've never had brunch at HB, so can't comment on that, but I have had dinner there and it was very good. That's in Lakeview, another great neighborhood.

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        gillespie412 Oct 4, 2006 01:05 AM

        I dined at Vermillion last weekend before seeing a show at the Goodman. Not sure if its close to Victory Gardens...but its in River North and close to everything. It's Indian/Latin fusion, has a beautiful interior and well paired wine choices. I ordered the ceviche which was seasoned with curry and the special-a great filet with a mole sauce and lobster tail. Expect the bill to be around $30 per person. You can read other reviews from the link below.


        In terms of brunch, there are so many great choices. If you want to travel by the L, take the red line north to Addison from downtown and walk to Halsted and Roscoe to HB, a Hearty Boy's Spot. The chefs won the Food Tv challenge thing last year and won their own show.

        If you want to head to Wicker Park, try Milk and Honey. Not sure how to get there by L.

        Enjoy Chicago!

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          SuzMiCo Oct 4, 2006 06:32 PM

          I really like Vermillion, but it is not close to Victory Gardens, which is at 2433 N. Lincoln. It is walking distance from your hotel, though.

          Also, the restaurant at the Burnham, Atwood Cafe, is very good (although not ethnic).

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