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Romantic Streeterville Lounge/Resto?

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Hi again everyone!

Going to visit the SO for Fourth of July weekend and am wondering about any small, romantic restaurants/lounge in the Streeterville neighborhood. (Something that's an easy subway/bus ride works too.)

Cuisine can be anything (though I'm a little pizza'd out), neighborhoody vibe is generally a plus (though I know it might be hard to find Downtown), affordable ($30-40 and under/pp; a little more is okay if you're throwing in drinks/wine). Or is there a great new restaurant or bar that I should know about? Or maybe a cute, not too crowded spot for a picnic? (I realize that may be impossible given the holiday weekend.)

Thus far, I know we're planning to do lunch at either avec or Blackbird and then drinks at the Signature Room at some point.

Thanks all!!

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  1. the lounge on the mezzanine at the Drake hotel is great if you are into classy places. Live music/singers on weekend nights. Red Rooster is this tiny little French place. It's sorta hidden and hard to find even you know the address. It's tiny tiny, but pretty romantic. But it's a bit away from Streeterville. If you have to stay in Streeterville, most places are either crowded or loud. There's a little Japanese restaurant called Ginza at Ohio and Wabash should be quiet. The food is authentic. Did I mention the place is very small? It could get crowded. So call for reservation or get there early. They are not open on Sundays.

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    Red Roostser Wine Bar and Cafe
    2100 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

    The Drake Chicago Hotel
    140 East Walton, Chicago, IL 60611

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    1. re: viafaenza37

      Ginza...

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      Ginza Restaurant
      19 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

      1. re: viafaenza37

        I agree the food at Ginza is very good and authentic. Most times i go, 90% of the clientele are Japanese. The restaurant itself though is hardly what anyone's definition of 'romantic' is. If you want to try it out, i'd say go for the food, not the ambience.

    2. Have you thought about Sayat Nova? Some Old World charm here, with a bit of a neighborhood feel (or as close as you're going to get in that area) and the price would be about right:

      http://www.sayatnovachicago.com/