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Hi there,
we'll be vacationing in Chicago in July (not during Taste of Chicago) and, in hopes of trying out the finer restaurants the city has to offer, we thought we'd do the nice restaurants for lunch and thus enjoy nice food for less.
We're staying at the Palmer House Hilton, but we'll be out and about downtown, so recos do not need to be right around the corner from the hotel.
If you also have nice weekday breakfast/brunch suggestions, please let me know! I don't want to do, nor can I afford, hotel breakfast every day.
Thanks a lot in advance!

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  1. Some great restaurants open for lunch include:

    - Naha - contemporary American with Mediterranean influences
    - Coco Pazzo - Italian
    - Blackbird
    - Catch 35 - seafood
    - Vermillion - Latin/Indian fusion

    1. . Check and see if the Four Seasons Hotel still has its nice buffet luncheon---very pretty setting. 2) The Signature Room (96th floor of John Hancock Center) has a buffet luncheon with spectacular views. 3) Interesting breakfast near the Palmer House would be Heaven on Seven, 7th floor of Garfield Building on Wabash just behind Macy's. This Cajun restaurant has such New Orleans breakfasts as Bananas Foster Pecan French Toast and Shrimp Creole Omelet. To see their menu (and many others) go to "Chicago Menu Pages"

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      1. re: Querencia

        Last time i was there, the four seasons did a prix fixe three course lunch that was awesome.

        Avoid the Signature Room, the food is terrible. Go there for a cocktail to get the view.

        Heaven on Seven yum!!!

        You may also want to consider Frontera Grill for lunch. Gourmet mexican.

        Great breakfasts not too far from Hilton is Melli Cafe in Greektown. About a 20 minute walk West. Great juice bar and terrific omelletes.

      2. My favorite nice lunch spots are Blackbird (my favorite), and Sepia (2nd favorite).

        1. You simply cannot miss Blackbird for lunch. Get the porkbelly sandwhich. I keep posting it on every thread, but it's true. It's the best thing I've ever eaten. If they ever stop making it, I don't know what I'll do.

          Coco Pazzo is another fun lunch place where I might not eat dinner: http://www.cocopazzochicago.com/

          If you want good views of the city, go to the Hancock Building -- but avoid the observation deck, which you have to pay for. Instead, go up to the bar and order a drink. Great views and a drink for less than the cost of the observation tower. They also have a decent lunch menu (but nothing spectacular; it's about the view, not the food).

          1. Two terrific places for lunch are Custom House and Topolobampo. Custom House is about six block south of Palmer House, an easy walk if it's not too hot or raining. Topolobampo (unlike its companion, Frontera Grill) takes reservations. Not in the same elevated class as these two but still very good, very near Palmer House, and open almost all the time is The Gage, the new gastro-pub,

            1. We really enjoyed Table 52 for a long lunch last November, it was small and cozy and had some really lovely food.