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I am a Los Angeles Chowhound, and will be spending a special college reunion weekend in Chicago. . . any suggestions for a great place for a Sunday brunch downtown near Michigan Ave.? We will have a car, so it doesn't need to be right in the heart of things, but looking for a unique place where we can sit and chat over coffee and great food. Thanks in advance, Chowhounds!!

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  1. See this topic:
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/364403

    1. the signature room cant be beat for the view from the 95th floor, and they realy put out a very nice upscale spread including one of the largest seafood bars ive seen and many selections of house made pates and garde manger specialties.

      Bongo room is a lot of fun too.

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      1. re: ChefRoger

        AGREED! The Signature Room Brunch is amazing and will knock your socks off... its a great way to spend a day (yes, I said DAY! ~ There are just so many things to try) and will provide you with memories for years to come!

        1. re: Chicago Michele

          Yup, that's why I mentioned it in that other topic. However, if you're going primarily for the view, decide in advance what you're going to do if the weather isn't cooperating. Yesterday morning I was driving down Lake Shore Drive on my way to brunch at Cuatro; seeing that the clouds were almost as low as the top of the Drake, I mentioned how disappointed I would have been if I had chosen the Signature Room instead, given the weather.

          1. re: nsxtasy

            Agreed!

      2. The link to the other post mentions a lot of places NOT near Michigan Ave. My wife and I had to do a brunch for our wedding in December and we settled on Grand Lux Cafe. It's a chain, but so are most places near Michigan Ave. Everybody who ate was happy (they have a huge menu). They can accomodate a group if you call ahead.

        It is touristy....

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        1. re: rubinow

          Many of the places in the linked topic are VERY close to Michigan Avenue (walking distance), including: Kitsch'n (River North), NoMi, Seasons, Frontera Grill, the Ritz-Carlton, and the Signature Room at the 95th.

          1. re: nsxtasy

            But a lot weren't and people from out of town wouldn't know that.

        2. I would recommend NoMi, their brunch is outstanding (the Ritz was the best in town but I haven't had it since they moved it out of the main dining room). For those who like the brunch at the Signature Room...are these opinions based on recent experience? I last ate there about 4 years ago and the food was the very definition of mediocre. I'd be interested to hear if others have more recent experiences.

          1. Wishbone on the near west side is a good option for Sunday brunch.

            1. Based on one of the threads posted above, we ended up going to Sola's on Lincoln and Byron -- and LOVED it!! Perfect place for a nice, leisurly brunch with wonderful food. It was also a real cozy place with a warm feel to it. Will definitely return when I'm back in Chicago. Thanks chowhounds!!