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my 22nd Birthday dinner: where to eat?

juicy98 Sep 5, 2007 09:05 AM

I am turning 22 and am inviting a few friends to dinner. My birthday falls on a Saturday night and i live in lincoln park/lakeview area but don't mind taking a cab out for GOOD FOOD, GREAT ATMOSTPHERE, and prerferably good MUSIC too if this is all possible.

i heard about Carnivale but I don't think they play music. I wouldn't mind going somewhere 'crazy' where there is more attraction to the eye....

I'd love any suggestions. Thank you!

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  1. nsxtasy RE: juicy98 Sep 5, 2007 09:27 AM

    Two of the "Latin fusion" places come to mind:

    Cuatro (South Loop) - www.cuatro-chicago.com
    DeLaCosta (River East) - www.delacostachicago.com

    1. blondie60614 RE: juicy98 Sep 5, 2007 09:36 AM

      Green Dolphin and The House of Blues are the only restaurants I can think of that specializes in live music- however based on your post, I don't think they would be the atmosphere you're looking for

      For a very lively "see and be seen" crowd I'd suggest Avec, Japonais or Sushi Samba

      Afterwards, head over to The Greenmill, Metro, Hothouse or Double Door for live music. Happy Birthday!

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        nsxtasy RE: blondie60614 Sep 5, 2007 09:42 AM

        Since this is for a Saturday night, I would avoid Avec, due to its no-reservations policy; otherwise, you'll be waiting quite a long time to be seated.

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          jbw RE: blondie60614 Sep 5, 2007 10:06 AM

          Don't head over to Hothouse, because it's closed, but Buddy Guy's is down the block and they're still open for business. They serve decent Cajun cuisine in a blues club atmosphere, but if that's what you're looking for (i.e., blues club atmosphere), they've got plenty of it..

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          juicy98 RE: juicy98 Sep 5, 2007 10:17 AM

          thanks for the responses! keep em coming if you got any more :) thanks...

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            hkeil RE: juicy98 Sep 5, 2007 03:06 PM

            i love going to dublin's for birthdays. you can get good beer, decent food, and there are always a lot of ppl there, and a young crowd. then, you are nearby a lot of bars for going out afterwards.

            1. Chew on That RE: juicy98 Sep 5, 2007 04:31 PM

              I turned 22 this year also! And while it wasn't my first choice, I wound up going to Cozy Thai (in Evanston) but there is one in Chicago I believe near you, and it was a ton of fun! Their food is really good, well priced, and they have a fun ambiance. It's BYOB so it's relaxed too. Have a good birthday!

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                amoncada RE: juicy98 Sep 6, 2007 10:45 AM

                I think Carnivale is perfect for you...for great food and a very festive ambiance. Don't forget to have a cocktail on the balcony with the incredible downtown views. They often have live bands on weekends.
                You can always go to Martini Park afterwards for live rock music. Tell them that you're with teh band, this usually works for me whenever there's a long line.

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