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Aug 26, 2007 06:05 PM

Dinner recs before Buddy Guy's Legends?

My wife and I will be in Chicago over the labour day weekend, and we were looking for a place for dinner before walking over to Buddy Guy's Legends. Somebody recommended a new restaurant called Exposure, but I have been unable to find anything on it either here or elsewhere on the web. Has anyone been there, and can they recommend it?

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

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  1. Looks like
    Exposure Tapas Supper Club
    1313 S. Wabash Ave.

    I haven't been, but there are a few reviews up on and

    1. If you are interested in casual fine dining from acclaimed chef Shawn McClain, just a few short blocks from Buddy Guy's:

      Custom House
      500 S. Dearborn

      Also nearby, for stuffed (double-crust) Chicago-style deep-dish pizza:

      521 S. Dearborn Street
      Chicago, IL 60605
      (312) 939-3366

      Check the menu on their website and order ahead of time if you want to avoid waiting 30-40 minutes for your pizza to cook.

      1. I was under the impression that Buddy's was closed. I think that the college pushed him out although I had read that he was going to open elsewhere.

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        1. re: Suburban Sandy

          This sword's been hanging over their head for some time, but as far as I can tell they're still going strong. See site:

          By the way, BG's does serve southern style dinners, altho I would hesitate to call them anything above average. Custom House and Edwardo's recommended above are two extremes in the area's spectrum (high-end/fine American vs. casual/stuffed pizza). Any cuisine in-between you'd like recs on? The tapas "supper club" recommended above is also very new.

          1. re: jbw

            Other options nearby include Thai food:

            600 S. Dearborn St.

            and, a bit further south, on the same block as Exposure:

            Opera (upscale Chinese)
            1301 S. Wabash Ave.

            Gioco (Italian)
            1312 S. Wabash Ave.

        2. Bin 36 is a fun spot if you are a wine geek like me. It can be loud though...but they have a more formal dining area, a cafe with a seperate menu and a cheese bar. Its located near the House of Blues in the Marina Towers complex near the river.

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          1. re: earl

            That's on the opposite side of the Loop from Buddy Guy's Legends, which is located at 754 South Wabash.

          2. We've eaten at Buddy Guy's numerous times prior to or during a show. I honestly think the food is quite decent there. They have many vegetarian items (their veggie burger is the best around!) and IMO their food is much better than anything I've had at Heaven on Seven. The real advantage to eating there is that if you get there early enough, you can grab a table and remain there for the evening, instead of having to stand. There is very limited seating there; something they'll hopefully rectify when the new club opens. Also, keep an eye out for Buddy. If he's in town, he usually sits at the far end of the bar!! Enjoy!

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            1. re: wineaux

              Agree wineaux! You are correct in stating the food is decent and getting a table. We were fortunate to meet Buddy and have him sign a shirt, an extremely approachable and friendly man. Certainly a fun night to look forward to!