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Aug 28, 2007 10:37 AM

1 night - Chicago - Whats the Call?

I will be out for one night, lunch is already locked up at Giordano's or possibly another of the pizza places but that is a non-negotiable. Best foodstuff in the world is a real chicago deep dish, but I digress.

Where should I go for a solid meal where I can sit at a bar seat being out there for business and sip a few beers. Anywhere in the range of $40-$100 for the meal is fine and the standbys for me are Lawry's, Joe's Stone Crab, Goose Island, and Half Shell. Im willing to venture from these which are my favorites. I am really up for anything whatsoever, just want some quality. A touch of seafood as an app would be nice but not a dealbreaker.

Thanks Chicago.

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  1. I will be staying at the Drake Hotel so proximity would be nice, but not necessity.

    1. I would check out Dublins. Great pub atmosphere, great location for out of towners (and close to your hotel), awesome food- very very good. If you want something a bit more upscale in atmosphere, I'd recommend Carmines or Capital Grille

      1. You may also want to consider LuxBar in the aptly named viagra triangle. Food is good, scene is very good, especially if it's nice out. I know it's cliche these days, but they have good filet sliders and good fried chicken. Same owners as Gibsons. Website:

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        1. re: jbontario

          Seems interesting, there was a link to a place called Hugos on the Luxbar site. Any good? Seemed okay but might be hokey and not worth it based on first look.

          1. re: yankeefan

            Like any other establishment in that enterprise, Hugo's can be quite good, it just depends on what/when/how you order. One of the real assets at Hugo's is the fact that you may freely order from the Gibson's menu, as Gibson's is right next door. At any rate, I am most keen on the seasonal seafood offerings at Hugo's. For example, given the right time of year, fish offerings like walleye can be fantastic.


            1. re: Erik M

              I claim ignorance- heard of walleye, never had.. is it currently in season?

            2. re: yankeefan

              Luxbar, Hugos, Tavern on Rush, Gibsons- these places are all about a scene. Average in food and creativity. You're basic steak joints with a lot of attitude. If you're in the mood for that, it fits the bill

              1. re: blondie60614

                I respectfully disagree with your comments, especially as they relate to Hugo's. Hugo's has very good food with minimal attitude, and I think that the OP would enjoy his/her experience there.

                Gibson's is more of a scene, but, IMO, still may be worth checking out for the quality steaks, food and Chicago vibe. I definitely would recommend it over some of the other places mentioned, including Dublin's (a bar with so-so food) and Capital Grille.

                1. re: RMA

                  Agree with your respectful disagree. The Gibson's group does a great job at all of its restaurants. Hugo's is a top choice in my book. In fact, to continue on my rec of LuxBar, also try their brunch on the weekend. I like Dublins too, but only after I get rather drunk at Hunt Club.

          2. I think Greek Islands is a fun place with consistent food. Be interested in hearing other opinions.

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            1. re: jwagnerdsm

              I love Greek Islands- I think it is a great place to go with a group of people. Not sure if I'd want to go there solo

              If you're in the mood for greek, Santorini is a great option and much more upscale

            2. A little bit of a walk, but Keefers is worth considering. Its busy with good steak/seafood and a nice bar area.