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Palmer House Hilton this Saturday

Dulcinea Feb 13, 2007 09:51 AM


We are staying at the Palmer House this Saturday and wanted nearby suggestions for an anniversary dinner. We'd like to be able to walk..Any suggestions where we might go in the snow? :)


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    SuzMiCo RE: Dulcinea Feb 13, 2007 10:21 AM

    Atwood Cafe (State and Washington) - very good contemporary American food. This is my favorite place to go before the Theater. If you want to go anytime before 7:30 be sure to make a reservation early (I'm not the only one who goes there before the theater)

    Other options:
    Trattoria 10 - very good Italian.
    Rhapsody - The restaurant connected to the Symphony center. I haven't been, but its gotten some good reviews on this board in the last few months.

    Also, if you are willing to hop in a cab, your options increase exponentially.

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      chris RE: Dulcinea Feb 13, 2007 11:27 AM

      Rhapsody is a good option, since there's an event at the Symphony Center at 8 pm, reservations seem to only be available after 7:30 or at 5:15. I'd suggest later,but that's just me.

      Russian Tea Time is right there as well...same deal with reservations most likely.

      But, as Suz says, if you are willing to get in a cab (easy to get in that area) you'll have more options.

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        Candy RE: chris Feb 13, 2007 01:54 PM

        I really need to get back to Russian Tea Time. We love that place. That beet salad is amazing. It would be a great place for an anniversary dinner.

      2. nsxtasy RE: Dulcinea Feb 13, 2007 12:29 PM

        Vivere, for Italian food, is very good, and it's just a block and a half down the street. Note that the Italian Village consists of three restaurants. Vivere is the fine dining restaurant on the ground floor, NOT to be confused with the other two restaurants there.

        If you're looking for a VERY special place to celebrate the occasion, Everest is one of the very best restaurants in the city and is just a few blocks further. It may be tough to get reservations at this late date, but perhaps the concierge in the hotel can help you with that.

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          Bullit RE: nsxtasy Feb 13, 2007 01:52 PM

          I would be CAREFUL of Vivere. It is tourist place, and the food is overpriced and not the quality that you are paying for. I would agree that Trattoria 10 and Rhapsody would be MUCH better options than Vivere.

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            nsxtasy RE: Bullit Feb 13, 2007 02:16 PM

            Are you SURE you're referring to Vivere? Because most people who call it a "tourist place" turn out to be talking about the other two restaurants there (the Village and La Cantina), and NOT Vivere.

            For more opinions on Vivere: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/116061

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          Chicago Mike RE: Dulcinea Feb 13, 2007 07:46 PM

          Honestly there's not alot right around the Palmer House.... it's sort of like a morgue at night with a real "Woolworths" feel to alot of the stores around there. Take a $5 cab ride across the river into River North and you'll have dozens more options with more "warmth" on a cold evening.

          if you want some specific ideas, give us some idea of cuisines you like.

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            wak RE: Chicago Mike Feb 14, 2007 07:46 AM

            Mike has some good points here. Also, this Saturday the forecast is temps in the 20s and snow. Add some wind to that and you might prefer the cab ride to a 6 block walk to Custom House. There are a lot more options in River North than around the Palmer house.

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              nsxtasy RE: wak Feb 14, 2007 08:11 AM

              Given the forecast, you might want to play it by ear. If the weather turns out to be bad, eating at The Big Downtown (see below) and not having to go outside at all has a lot of appeal.

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            gymp RE: Dulcinea Feb 13, 2007 08:15 PM

            Custom House is another excellent possibility. It's 5-6 blocks south of Palmer House.

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              jbw RE: gymp Feb 14, 2007 05:33 AM

              Ditto on Custom House, one of the better restaurants in Chicago and a good choice for an anniversary dinner. It's about a 10-minute walk from the Palmer House (into the wind). Here's the web site:


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                mander RE: gymp Mar 10, 2007 11:14 AM

                Ditto again.

              2. sheilal RE: Dulcinea Feb 14, 2007 06:02 AM

                I really enjoyed the Big Downtown which is at the Palmer House. I had a splendid lobster ravioli the last time I was there. And their dirty martinis are wicked!!! Atwood Cafe is a good choice. It can be very crowded during theater times, though.

                1. nsxtasy RE: Dulcinea Mar 9, 2007 09:17 PM

                  One additional place not previously mentioned here is the Park Grill Chicago, which is located just north of the Art Institute at the entrance to Millenium Park. The food and service are good, and the location is great (right behind, and looking out on, the skating rink). Outdoor dining is available in the warmer times of year. www.parkgrillchicago.com

                  1. nsxtasy RE: Dulcinea May 9, 2007 05:42 PM

                    I saw a favorable mention of the Gage, a new restaurant on Michigan Avenue near the Palmer House, in the new Dish column by Chicago Magazine. Anyone here been there yet?

                    The Gage
                    24 S. Michigan

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                      BarbaraM48 RE: nsxtasy May 10, 2007 05:40 AM

                      I have eaten at Gage twice, once for lunch and once for dinner. The bar was incredibly noisy but in the back it was fine. The food was very good but not fabulous. Well executed. The staff is very welcoming. A very nice option before the symphony and after the Art Institute.

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