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Sep 26, 2009 01:48 PM

SD CH on the Miracle Mile

Will be staying in the Fairmont soon. Any recommendations for lunch or dinner? I am not looking for Alinea or the like, just good food, hopefully even very good-excellent. Could be Italian, Asian, vegetarian or anything. Hopefully pretty close to Michigan Ave or a short cab ride. I love to try new things and even a Chicago hot dog rec is appreciated!

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  1. First off, Magnificent Mile, not Miracle Mile ;-).

    The Gage and Mercat ala Planxa are excellent places that are walking distance from your hotel. The Gage is an Irish gastropub, but don't let that label dissuade you. The food is wonderful, and great atmosphere. Great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Mercat ala Planxa is a great Catalan-focused tapas place. Great room, atmosphere, view.

    The Gage
    24 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

    Mercat a la Planxa
    638 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605

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    1. re: ms. chow

      Doh! Of course--Magnificent ;-D
      Thanks, they sound great and convenient too.

    2. Just returned home after a three night stay at The Fairmont. I recommend you have a drink at the aria bar. Unforgettable ambiance.