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Nov 14, 2007 10:19 AM

Upscale Business Lunch

Looking for a lovely spot for business lunch for 2 people tomorrow. Must have good wine list. We are in the loop, but can catch a cab to go anywhere. Some ideas are RL, Coco Pazzo, Kevin or NoMi- but been there, done that. Anything more traditional French? Esp. since it's Beaujolais time! Thought of Aigre Doux, but been there too. Would love something much like Aigre. Don't want to be rushed. Again, good wine!

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  1. Have you done Shikago yet? 190 S. LaSalle enter on Adams. Owned by Kevin and Alan Shikami of Kevin...different, GREAT WINE LIST, we are one of their wine distributors so I know the list is awesome. Not quite french, however this pan asian does have french flair. Just a thought. Kath

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    1. re: Kathfootball

      Yes..done Shikago too. I agree on the wine there. Looking for less pan-asian, more french.

      1. re: Kathfootball

        I haven't been there for some time myself but you might want to give Rhapsody a shot. The current head chef trained in a number of European establishments including Taillevent, and it's certainly near to you. Here's more:

      2. My favorite place near the Loop for a business lunch is Custom House, in Printer's Row. Depending on where you are in the Loop, you can even walk there.

        Also excellent and "like Aigre Doux", what about Blackbird, on West Randolph (and possibly walkable as well)?

        For Italian, Vivere (in the Italian Village) and Trattoria No. 10 are both excellent, and suitable for a business lunch. And both are right in the Loop.

        If you want traditional French, how about Bistro 110, up near the Water Tower?

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        1. re: nsxtasy

          Hmm...Custom House- way overpriced. Blackbird...are they open for lunch?
          I'm at Monroe & Dearborn so Italian Village and Trattoria 10 are staples. Need something different, and again more French.

          1. re: ChicagoKat

            Yes, Blackbird is open for lunch, every weekday. You can read their lunch menu at

            Another French bistro possibility, in addition to Bistro 110, is Kiki's.

        2. Some of the places I like to go for business lunches that you haven't mentioned:

          - Naha
          - Vermillion (although I'm not sure what their wine list is like)
          - Keefers - while it is a steakhouse, there are lots of wonderful non-steak options.