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Jul 11, 2007 11:57 AM

Sunday Lunch/Brunch in Chicago Suburbs

I'm bringing a museum group from Miami to Chicago in October. We're going to spend Sunday visiting various points between Plano and Aurora. Can anyone suggest a nice (or at least interesting) lunch/brunch place in the area? It's a well-heeled group, so while it doesn't have to be totally posh, a little nice would be, well, nice. Thanks!!

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  1. The area between Plano & Aurora is largely rural/ exurban. Aurora, which is the easternmost point, is just on the edge of suburbia. I suggest you search the board for Naperville, which is one town east of Aurora and which has a number of upscale, decent restaurants. I don't get out there much myself, so I can't speak from personal experience as to any of them.

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    1. re: masha

      I guess you haven't been this way in a while, the land along Rte. 34 between Sandwich and Yorkville has hugely grown into solid development with a mall under construction as well as a number of strip malls which house a number of new restaurants. In Yorkville there is Stonefire on Rte. 47 just north of the 47/24 intersection. Also in Yorkville is Blackstone right on 34 and east of 47, both of these are under 2 years old and upscale for the area. In Oswego there is Emmett's Tavern, also new which I'd put in to the same category. It's on Rte. 34 in the downtown and near the Fox River. My favorite place, and probably best for a museum group would be Walter Payton's Roundhouse which is on Rte. 25 (Broadway) in downtown Aurora. It is in the renovated Burlington Northern Railroad roundhouse which was constructed in 1856. The building itself is worth a visit but the food and service is very good. I take it you are going to visit the Farnsworth House in Plano?

      1. re: LikestoEatout

        We're going from the Farnsworth House in Plano to the Ford House in Aurora, and then swinging through Oak Park on the way back to Chicago. I think the Roundhouse might be a little casual for this crowd. From the website it looks a little casual sports bar-y. Is this accurate?

        A Chicagoan I spoke with recently said there's a converted railroad car that's now a great pub, but couldn't remember the name. Ideas?

        1. re: Miamian

          I can't imagine a railcar pub being any less casual than the Roundhouse. I suggested the Roundhouse because of the architecture (an 1856 limestone railroad roundhouse) The main dining room is quite nice with very interesting architecture, good food and service. Look at the website under the History tab, I think this would be perfect for a museum group. There are many things going on here, they have a comedy club, live music, half of the building is a Metra train center and yes, some devoted to sports because the former owner was a football hall of famer. The main dining are does not reflect that.

    2. Search on this Chicago board for "Sunday Brunch Recommendations in Lisle" for a recent thread. Lisle is 5-7 miles east of the eastern edge of Aurora. The Sunday brunch at Allgauer's runs from about 11 or 11:30 AM to about 2 PM, so it might conflict with your schedule, but check out the write-up of the people who went there at my suggestion.

      1. I'd bag going to either Plano or Aurora, and drive 15 min. north of Aurora to Geneva to Nosh:

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        1. re: naperwino

          I've been to Nosh and my biggest complaints are that it's very noisy and the tables way too close together. It used to be a garage so the high ceilings and cement floors aren't very welcoming. The menu is limited, don't expect standard breakfast fare. We went for lunch and I had their take on a Cuban sandwich which had a sauce on it that vinegry and left an bad after taste. My partner had a sandwich with different cheeses and tomatoes, not very impressive. I know a number of people who have tried it and all comment on the noise level and the closeness not being worth it, we have no plans to return.

        2. An interesting diversion may be Hollywood Casino in Aurora. I have never eaten in any of the restaurants there but have heard the buffet is decent.

          1. I've been reading a lot about Naperville -- but a lot of the restaurants there either are negatively reviewed (as per Zagat's) or are chains. Anyone have any Naperville must-eats?