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Oct 7, 2008 02:33 PM

After Theater Dinner

Where would you suggest for a nice (read not too too expensive) place after seeing Wicked?
Sorry I don't know the name of the theater, but these friends are staying at the Plaza Hotel.

Thanks for you help.

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  1. Wicked is playing at the Oriental Theatre, on Randolph between State and Dearborn.

    Starting with the closest, and moving outward...

    Petterino's is a steakhouse at Randolph and Dearborn next to the theater. They have items in many price ranges, from the $10 burger, to seafood and chicken items in the teens, to steaks in the twenties and thirties. You can see their complete menu on their website at (the "print friendly PDF" version shows prices). They're open till 10, 10:30, or 11, depending on the day of the week.

    Atwood Cafe is one block south in the Hotel Burnham, offering contemporary American food with entrees mostly in the low twenties. Nice place, with a view of people walking by outside the big windows. You can see the complete menu (with prices) on their website at They're open till 10 during the week, 11 on weekends.

    Catch 35 is a seafood restaurant two blocks north of the theater, with most seafood entrees in the twenties. You can see the complete menu (with prices) on their website at They're open till 9:30 during the week, 10:30 on weekends.

    If all of those are "too too expensive" for you, you might consider Pizano's on Madison (two blocks east, two blocks south), for authentic Chicago deep-dish pizza. Open till 2 a.m. (3 a.m. late Saturday night).

    All of these except Pizano's accept reservations on If you go to Pizano's, you can phone ahead with your pizza order to avoid waiting 30-45 minutes while seated for it to bake.

    I'm not sure which hotel you are referring to as the Plaza (other than the one on Central Park, 800 miles east of here), perhaps the Congress Plaza or the Crowne Plaza or the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza...?

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      Hi nsxtasy -

      I read your post with great interest - I'll be in Chicago on Friday for a concert at the Chicago Theater.

      If it were just Mr CF and I, we'd go to Atwood Cafe - but since I will be in the company of a couple of picky eaters I was thinking of South Water Kitchen, Petterinos (thanks for that little review) or Amano. All are close-ish to the theater and walking distance from the hotel (the Marriott on Michigan).

      Not to ignore the OP - these would work for them too - South Water Kitchen is open till 10, and Amano says 5:00 till ?. Any thoughts on either of these?

      1. re: Cookiefiend

        I haven't been to South Water Kitchen or A Mano (it's two words), so I can't help you there, sorry. You can check out their websites at and

        Just to throw another choice into the mix... since this is after theater and you're walking back to the Marriott, you might also consider Joe's ( ). Like Petterino's, Joe's is a steakhouse that also has quite a bit of seafood (enough variety to satisfy picky eaters), and was developed with the folks from Joe's Stone Crab in Miami. It's right on the way on your walk back to the hotel. Open till 10 during the week, 11 on weekends.

        Like you - I think our tastes are similar, based on our past posts and interactions - I generally prefer Atwood Cafe, because I enjoy more unusual food, especially contemporary American places. I also like the atmosphere (I mentioned the windows facing the street); it has the luxurious decor and level of service you would expect from a nice restaurant in a high-end hotel (which it is). But for picky eaters, one of the steakhouses (Petterino's or Joe's - and Catch 35 has steaks too) might be a better fit. Again, I haven't been to the other two places you mention.

        All three of these additional places accept reservations on

      2. re: nsxtasy

        We had a fantastic meal at Petterinos before seeing Wicked a few weeks ago. You wouldn't go wrong with any of those listed by nsxtasy.

      3. I love Atwood Cafe, too. But for pre- or post- theater, I always love to go to Russian Tea Time. Such great character, a little different, and fabulous vodka and stroganoff.

        1. OK--Not the Plaza but the Palmer House. They both start with P and my friend got confused.
          Thanks for all the replies so far.

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          1. re: jangita

            The Palmer House is located about three blocks south of the Oriental Theater, which makes Pizano's more convenient, but Catch 35 less so.

            Here are two additional places you might consider, because they are close to your hotel rather than the theater. Vivere ( ) serves excellent Italian food, and is open till 10 during the week, 11 on weekends. Rhapsody ( ) offers contemporary American food, and is open till 9 during the week, 10 on weekends.