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Aug 20, 2007 06:43 AM

Suggestions: moderate dinner for 16 near loop

Help! My oldest friend is getting married Saturday Sept. 1 in Chicago. I'm a foodie from Boston charged with finding a place for Friday night dinner for out of towners and bride and groom, about 14-16 people on Friday 8/31.

This is not a traditional wedding, nor a traditional rehearsal dinner. It will be informal and probably people will pay for themselves or if I can get it cheap enough, maybe I'll host. I don't know all of the people but was told that a few are not into spicy food, too bad! Bride wants to eat early so she's home by 9pm and wants something quiet. Searched this site and thought of Greek town--Greek Islands or Costas-- but wonder if they are too boisterous and tho I grew up in Chicago my geography is bad, seems like it might be too long of a trek?

Most people are staying at Club Quarters on 111 W Adams St, near LaSalle. It would be great to get a place that's is walking distance or easy cab ride.

I really appreciate any ideas or help you can give me. Thanks so much!

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  1. The Greek Town idea is the best one I can think of for your situation. As you're probably aware, there aren't a lot of inexpensive places in or near the Loop that can do a reasonably-priced dinner for a good-sized group, but Greek Town is a notable exception. Yes, the Greek places can be boisterous, but not uncomfortably noisy. (Since this is a concern, you can ask them to reserve you a table that's a bit quieter, off in a corner rather than in the middle of the hubbub.) You'll find all of them listed at

    The Greek places are along a few blocks of Halsted Street, 7/8 mile west of the Club Quarters, so it's a 15-20 minute walk or an easy cab ride. Club Quarters is at the south end of the Loop; you may want to check any suggestions you get on a map for distance from there.

    1. Maybe Tapas at Café Iberico? That's usually fun with a group.

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      1. re: Roger Spark

        I also was thinking about Iberico as well, but it MAY be a little on the boisterous side?

        1. re: gordeaux

          Also, there was just another recent thread where a group of the same size was not able to make a reservation in advance at Iberico -- sounds like a long wait on a Friday night would not be what your friends have in mind for the evening.

          1. re: Amata

            Yeah, I thought they took reservations for groups of 8 or more people, but apparently that doesn't apply on Friday and Saturday nights. Oh well, unless you can secure one of their private rooms, I guess Iberico is not such a good idea.

      2. I don't know if it would be over your budget, but Trattoria no. 10 is near your hotel and has a private room, I think.

        Trattoria # 10
        10 North Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60602

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        1. re: Amata

          Trattoria 10 mentions several private dining rooms (for 12 to 250) on their website at but I think the price rules it out. Similarly, Atwood Cafe mentions that they can seat up to 25 in the semi-private area of their dining room (their private room is much larger) but it's not moderate in price, either. Another option is Italian Village, which has three restaurants, two moderate-priced Italian options which are only so-so (and not quiet), and a wonderful fine dining restaurant, Vivere, which is on the expensive side. All of these are just a few blocks walk from your hotel. You'll need to decide whether the convenience of a closer location outweighs the higher price (compared to Greek Town).

          Pizza is another option; Giordano's, with their double-crust "stuffed" pizza, has a location at 223 W. Jackson that's just a couple of blocks from the hotel. Also not quiet, but moderate in price. Also, it's a delicious local treat for out of towners to have real Chicago-style pizza. And affordable enough for you to spring for the cost if you like.

        2. Not exactly a chowhound haunt, but Petterino's does make an attempt at creating an old-Chicago ambience, and it's close to your hotel. Check it out:

          1. I'd second (14th?) the Greek Town idea. Give Greek Islands a call, and let them know what is going on. They should have no problem finding a quiet-ish table for you.