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Oct 20, 2006 03:08 PM

Business Trip - No Clue where to go

I'm going to be staying in Chicago Sunday-Tuesday morning with a few colleagues. We're from Miami and have absolutely no idea what to do for dinner on those nights.

We're going to be staying at the Chicago Metro - so it's around 733 West Madison. Can anyone recommend something that is within walking or short taxi drive distance?

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  1. You'll be in Greektown, so lots to choose from there. My favorite place is Santorini, corner of Halsted and Adams.

    You are also close to Blackbird and Avec on Randolph. Search this board for lots of discussion. (Blackbird is closed on Sunday but Avec is open.)

    1. Search for Chicago greektown? :)

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      1. re: mrry550

        No, search for Blackbird and Avec. Blackbird is one of Chicago's very good restaurants, serving creative contemporary American cuisine. Avec is trendier, but since I've never been there I can't give an opinion - but it's highly rated.

        Another choice in Greektown is Greek Islands - it's big and bustling. Santorini is more upscale, and I agree the food is better, but I think Greek Islands is more "fun."

      2. Any food preference? There's a good variety in the area.

        1. Sorry, I think I may have been a little cryptic in my previous post. Going from your hotel west, the north-south cross street you'll come to is Halsted. This stretch of Halsted is known as Greektown, with perhaps a dozen restaurants to choose from. Most if not all are south of Madison.

          Since posting the specific recommendation for Santorini I learned that they will be featured tonight on "Check Please!", a local TV show which reviews restaurants. They will undoubtedly be quite busy during your visit, so either make a reservation ahead of time or try a different Greektown spot.

          Here's one lengthy thread about Greektown:

          Now, if you walk north on Halsted to Randolph and turn right (east) to cross the bridge over the highway, you'll come to Blackbird and Avec (same owners). Here's a recent post about them:

          1. There are a number of very good restaurants on Randolph St. and Fulton Market, which is within several blocks of your hotel.

            Follia - great northern Italian
            Sushi Wabi - great sushi
            Marche - very good French bisto-style and fun atmosphere
            Red Light - very good Asian and fun atmosphere