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Visiting for the weekend- suggestions?

sed231 Jan 2, 2008 07:59 AM

We will be in Chicago, staying at the Hyatt Regency, for three nights (Thurs.-Sat.). In town for a conference, so we'll need to get out of the hotel and have some yummy food. Open to any cuisine; perhaps two moderate options and one expensive choice, preferably all in the basic area of the hotel (East Wacker Drive). Thanks!

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    ems RE: sed231 Jan 2, 2008 10:30 AM

    There aren't a huge number of places within walking distance of the hotel. One good place is Tavern on the Park, which is good American fare and a couple of blocks away. You're a five minute cab ride from very good places in the West Loop like Sepia, Blackbird, Avec, Sushi Wabi and Follia.

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      sed231 RE: ems Jan 2, 2008 01:46 PM

      Thanks. Which of these require reservations? I checked opentable and it seems like Follia, for one, has lots of availability so maybe we can just drop in? Also, I read on another post about Coco Pazzo and Boston Blackie's- are these very far from the hotel? Or any good? We're certainly willing to take more than a 5 minute cab ride...for more than 20 minutes away, though, it would have to be something really worth doing.

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        SuzMiCo RE: sed231 Jan 2, 2008 02:11 PM

        Coco Pazzo is wonderful. It is one of my favorite Italian restaurants in Chicago. I would try to make a reservation, but they often have availability on short notice. Coco Pazzo also has a slightly less expensive sister restaurant, Coco Pazzo Cafe. I prefer the original, but both are good. Coco Pazzo is at 300 W. Hubbard (near the merchandise mart) and Coco Pazzo Cafe is at 636 N. St. Clair St., each is a short cab ride from your hotel.

        Boston Blackies is a decent place to get a burger, but nothing particularly special. There are more interesting options in that price range.

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      amoncada RE: sed231 Jan 2, 2008 01:00 PM

      Santorini in Greektown for excellent Greek cuisine in a serene romantic setting. Not too expensive.
      Venus on Jackson in Greektown for Cypriot/Cyprus and Greek cuisine. Reasonably priced.
      Enoteca Roma Wine Bar 2146 W. Division Street. Cozy and very good food and wine.
      Kan Zaman on Wells not very far from your hotel for tasty Lebanese. Reasonably priced.
      Salpicon on Wells in Old Town for Nuevo Mexican. Excellent high-end margaritas as well.

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        ems RE: amoncada Jan 4, 2008 05:21 AM

        I would make a reservation at both Follia and Tavern on the Park for a Friday or Saturday night because both tend to be busy. On other nights you can probably want in.

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        jbontario RE: sed231 Jan 4, 2008 08:22 AM

        For your expensive option I would try Brasserie Ruhlman.Quick cab ride (10 mins & $6-$9). Great food, great atmosphere and lots of fun.

        Other great places are Naha on N Clark is a 10 minute walk if not too cold. naha-chicago.com

        Coco Pazzo Restaurant on W Hubbard is a cab ride (the cafe is walkable, but I like restaurant better).

        I would make reservations for any restaurant in the city. Also, I suggest calling and chatting with the host/hostess, you will often get better service rather than just an online booking. No personal touch.

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          speyerer RE: jbontario Jan 4, 2008 10:38 AM

          Can you suggest a German restaurant in the downtown area?

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            BRB RE: speyerer Jan 4, 2008 03:49 PM

            The Berghoff has essentially reopened, albeit with a slightly different name, but it's still located on Adams between Dearborn and State. I think the food there is decent, but nothing more. If you don't mind a trek up north, I would highly recommend Laschet's Inn, on Irving Park just west of Damen, where the German food is the best you will find in the city.

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