Special Lunch Suggestions (I've trolled the board, but can find no consensus)
Visiting from out-of-town and am not current on where to take someone for a special lunch on a Tuesday or a Wednesday (lived here in the 90s, which, I know, is a lifetime ago).
No restrictions in type of cuisine. We are adventurous, but also like some comfortable New American. And while we're not loaded, we are willing to spend some coin on the meal since this is a big day.
We'll be traveling from Rogers Park, and then from business on the West Side, but are mobile.
Last lunch of this type was at North Pond Cafe. Thus far, my list has Urbanbelly and Sarajevo Cafe on it. Any help appreciated.
Restaurant Sarajevo, aka Cafe Restaurant Sarajevo, is a decent Bosnian restaurant in the western portion of Lincoln Square. The atmosphere is nicer than the other Bosnian restaurants I have eaten at. Very good cevapcici. This is very different from North Pond or Urban Belly. BYOB and a lower price point than OP's other two reference points.
2701 W. Lawrence Ave.
blackbird has a pretty good lunch menu. you can do a la carte or the $22 3-course prix fixe. good deal and delicious contemporary american fair.
another place great for lunch is province - very seasonal and market-oriented.
both are probably slightly less high end than north pond (more business casual) but still have a nice ambiance.
619 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL 60606
161 N Jefferson, Chicago, IL 60661
I agree with all the suggestions above. Here are some others.
Lulu's in Logan Square. More neighborhoody, casual and less expensive than Blackbird, but farm-fresh food and you can sit for a while.
Rick Bayless' Topolobampo or Frontera Grill (Frontera being the more casual of the two) would be lovely.