casual french for sunday dinner
I was going to recommend Scylla or Socca but too far away(they are both French oriented) but I love them! But there is Bistro Zinc on Rush St near Bellview, Bisto 110 on Pearson and there is a tiny French cafe, restaurant on Chestnut in the apartment building on the north side between Dewitt and Lake Shore.
If by casual French you mean bistro fare, then you have some choices, otherwise Chicago's few French restaurants are anything but casual. I can give you some names to research. I haven't been to most of these bistros in a while, so I can't really comment about their respective merits. I know there are varying opinions (and a lot of discussion here) as to which is the best. The following are within a mile or so of your hotel:
There is also Café Des Architectes, in the Sofitel Water Tower. I have never eaten there, but I think it is more contemporary French Fusion. I also suspect it is more trendy and upscale then the places listed above. The outdoor terrace seems inviting.
Les Nomades is close to your hotel, but again, it is much more upscale (prix fixe 100+/person). It is in a different league than the bistros mentioned above.
re: Roger Spark
I've recently been a fan of Brasserie Jo, although I don't know if they have a childrens menu (if that's important). Their menu is on-line if you want to check. I have ordered either specicals or the choucroute, a giant pile of smoked meats and sausages on a pile of sauer kraut that appeals to my Germanic roots. They also serve Tripel Karmeliet which is just about my favorite beer/ale, and have a nice wine list.
I have been less impressed with Bistro 110 which can get very crowded and noisy and food that I find uninspired bistro standards.
My last experience at Cyranos was a year ago and not good, although things may have chnaged since.
I have had several pleasant brunches at Bistro Zinc but have not been their for dinner for several years.
re: Roger Spark
Roger's list is a good one. However, Bistro 110 and Kiki's, which are my two favorite casual French places, are both closed for dinner on Sundays, as gymp noted below for Kiki's. (Bistro 110 is open but only for brunch.)
Les Nomades is not at all casual, in price, in attire, in attitude, etc.
Another option, and open Sunday for dinner, is Cafe Matou in Wicker Park, a short cab ride away.
OOPS - I must correct myself. According to their website, Bistro 110 is indeed open for dinner on Sundays. And that's where I would recommend; it's really excellent. It's right near the Water Tower on Michigan Avenue, only three short blocks north of the Radisson.
I apologize for the error.
Bistro 110 website - www.levyrestaurants.com/Levy/DiningEx...