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May 26, 2009 11:38 AM

Dinner in walking distance of Swissotel

I know that there is a recent thread related to this topic but my parameters are a little different so hope it's ok to start another thread.

We are going to be staying at the Swissotel on June 13 and would love to have dinner within walking distance if possible. My budget is around $100. Don't want sushi or French but otherwise open to suggestion. I would love to try Frontera but they aren't taking reservations and I don't think I'm up for a 3-hour wait.

All ideas are appreciated. We live in Elgin and this is a big deal to have a night out with no kids!


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  1. hi terri,

    i'm assuming you're referring to the thread i posted originally ( ...

    since you're going before my trip, would you please post back after your trip to report about your restaurant choice?

    also - can you go to frontera earlier? i understand the wait isn't so bad if it's around 5 pm ...

    good luck!!!

    1. If you want Frontera with a reservation, go for Topolobampo, Bayless' fancier restaurant, which takes reservations. It's not that much more expensive than Frontera, just go easy on the Margaritas and you should be within budget.

      445 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610

      1. Within walking distance of the hotel there are several great restaurants we would recommend. Here are just a few that come to mind:

        The Park Grill - A Contemporary American grill taking pride in using the freshest ingredients, with a beautiful location in Millennium Park and offering outdoor seating.
        Catch 35 - A wonderful seafood restaurant with a classic yet modern feel perfect for business or pleasure, live Jazz plays on the weekends in the bar.
        Volare - A casual and very often lively spot with some of the best Italian offered in all of Downtown Chicago.
        The Palm - Specializing in steak, fresh lobster and other seafood and located in the Swissôtel; it offers fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere decorated with caricatures of the celebrities that have dined there.
        The Gage - An Irish Pub serving up sophisticated and global versions of old pub favorites with vintage 1930's influenced décor.
        Tavern at the Park - An upscale bar and grill serving Contemporary American fare in a classic Chicago atmosphere of rich woodwork and exposed stone.
        Morton's Steak House - An upscale, white tablecloth establishment accurately known for great cuts of steak.
        Aria - With a modern bar area and elegant dining room, the restaurant features an eclectic menu with global and American influences. Be sure not to miss their take on crème brûlée.

        Also, please feel free to contact the concierge at the Swissôtel for more information and dining suggestions at 312-565-0565.

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        1. re: ConciergeSwissotelChicago

          Good list. Volare doesn't get the props it deserves. It may be kind of old-fashioned, but in a good way. And the food is terrific.

          1. re: ConciergeSwissotelChicago

            Wow..thanks Concierge! Maybe we will try Volare. Thanks to Pete as well.