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Oct 13, 2008 08:26 AM

Mid-week Dinner Near Chicago Theatre

We're going to see a comedy show at the Chicago Theatre on Wednesday night. We're wanting to have a nice dinner before the show. So, around 5:30ish.

We'd like to be able to have a delicious, memorable meal at a place that doesn't require formal wear.

No steakhouses. Any kind of food or price. Suggestions??

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  1. The Gage (about a 5 minute walk) is great; Petterino's (right across the street) is very good.

    1. The Chicago Theatre is on State between Randolph and Lake. There are three excellent choices less than two blocks walk from the theater.

      Catch 35 is a seafood restaurant a block north of the theater.

      Atwood Cafe is a 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.

      Petterino's, mentioned in the other post, is a steakhouse, is a good choice except you said you didn't want steakhouses. Like most steakhouses, they have other dishes in addition to steaks, including seafood, burgers, sandwiches, etc. It's not right across the street; it's half a block south and a full block west, at the corner of Randolph and Dearborn.

      Attire at all three places is pretty casual; business casual or even nice jeans are fine. All three accept reservations on

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      1. re: nsxtasy

        Great! Thanks for the help! I've made reservations at Atwood Cafe for 5:30 this evening.

        What is the usual attire for Atwood? Will we be comfortable in nice jeans and blouses? The comedy show doesn't require much more than that and, if possible, we'd like to stay evening casual.

        1. re: emiliewasmyeve

          You'll be fine in nice jeans and blouses at Atwood Cafe.