Designer / Trendy hotspots near River North
Hey Chicago Chowhounds, I need some advice!
I'm coming in from out of town and have to take a bunch of clients out for dinner in June. They are the "trendy/artsy" type so I'm looking for whatever the latest hotspot is around River North. Fun food, artsy/trendy vibe, not a steakhouse or sushi, good food is positive, though with this group style outweighs substance.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
In River North, maybe Brasserie Ruhlmann, Japonais (i know you said no sushi but they also offer good non-sushi options), Nacional 27 or Zealous?
The last two are not recent hotspots but I think they have a great balance of good food and decor/atmosphere.
You might consider Thalia Spice on Chicago Ave. It's trendy and pan-Asian. That being said, what they do well is Thai. They do have sushi, but I wouldn't bother with it.
I'm probably too old at this point to be reliable about trendy : )
But based on the suggestions of many on this board, I made my first trip to Quartino for a dinner during my last trip to town on some business. (Thanks to everyone, it was good.)
The small plate thing might be fun for a larger group. There's plenty of room for a bigger group. Plenty of buzz in the room (it can be loud), kitchen is open later, pretty stylish, at least to my eye. Here's the link.
I would second De La Costa largely because of the decor and location. I've only had drinks there so I can't vouch for the food. The decor reminds me of a Latin twist on a Tim Burton movie. The location is in the River East Art Center, which is a beautiful, trendy space to walk around before dinner. http://www.rivereastartcenter.com/