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Best downtown views restaurant?

Beaker75 Aug 16, 2008 01:33 PM

My boyfriend and I are coming to Chicago and I was wondering if there are any good restaurants (quasi romantic) that have nice views of the downtown skyline? Rooftop restaurants etc? Many thanks!

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  1. weinstein5 RE: Beaker75 Aug 16, 2008 02:31 PM

    I have not eaten there but I do not think you can beat the view form the signature room on the 95th floor of the Hancock building - I also ennjoy the patio at Smith and Wollensky's not so much skyline view but a nice riverview -

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      Beaker75 RE: weinstein5 Aug 18, 2008 06:35 AM

      Thanks for the suggestions. I think I had heard about the restaurant in the Hancock building. We are really looking forward to the trip.

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        lbs RE: Beaker75 Aug 18, 2008 07:10 AM

        I have heard that the food at the Hancock is not so good. But you should definitely go and get a drink. Don't get in the obverstation line - go in the lounge line for the elevators. Check out the view from the ladies bathroom - spectacular!

        Also, CITE in Lake Point Towers recently got some good reviews for the food. Pegasus in Greek town has outdoor, roof-top seatings. You can only order apps but the apps can make for a nice meal. Get the saganki for sure.

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      forzagto RE: Beaker75 Aug 17, 2008 03:49 PM

      If you are looking for something outside the downtown area but looking towards the skyline try the Tasting Room on Randolph.

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        swsidejim RE: Beaker75 Aug 18, 2008 08:21 AM

        Greektowns Pegasus has a nice rooftop area with a good view of the skyline.


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          basilb RE: Beaker75 Aug 18, 2008 08:31 AM

          Another option is NoMi - ask for a table by the windows. It isn't a skyline view, but you will be looking down on Michigan Ave and the Water Tower park. I think it's really romantic, and the food/service are always top of the line.

          1. lagniappe RE: Beaker75 Aug 20, 2008 12:43 PM

            Good views from Kendall (Culinary) College's Dining Room. You get a 6-course dinner for something like $38 per person, prepared and served by culinary students. The one time I've been there, it was a fun experience, and the food was very tasty, though sometimes they lean a bit towards "experimental" dishes. Not unappetizing, just combos you might not expect- I seem to remember a dessert involving chocolate, basil and apricots. Didn't see it coming, but enjoyed it. You park down below and take the elevator to the top of the building- an elegant dining room when you get up there, but I was wondering if I was in the right place until I got off the elevator.

            Dining Room @ Kendall College
            900 N North Branch St, Chicago, IL

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              lagniappe RE: lagniappe Aug 20, 2008 12:55 PM

              Yes, replying to myself... I looked on Kendall's website- I went to their "Monday Night Dining Series", which is $38 for a 5-course menu. The next one of these is on 8/25, not sure of later dates at the moment (nothing on their website- might be best to call). They are open other nights, and some days for lunch. I thought the Monday night thing was the most interesting offering.

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              Chicagofoodguy RE: Beaker75 Aug 22, 2008 07:32 AM

              A few other options...Soundings is the restaurant at the Shedd Aquarium--great view of downtown. You may also want to consider a boat cruise, where you will have great view of the skyline.


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