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Oct 14, 2009 03:01 PM

Interesting restaurants near the Palmer House

My wife will be in Chicago next month and is looking for interesting restaurants near her hotel, especially Italian and Steakhouses .
Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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  1. Walking distance:
    The Gage: excellent gastro pub
    Mercat a la Plaxa: possibly the best tapas on town
    Russian Tea Time: Upscale Russian the the like
    Rhapsody: New American in the Symphony Center building

    Short cab rides for Steak and Italian:
    David Burkes: Very high end, but considered one of the best for steak.
    Spiaggia: Top, very high end, Italian. Spiaggia Cafe is less expensive
    Coco Pazzo: nice Italian
    Piccolo Sogno: another nice Italian.

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    1. re: jjo

      We checked your suggestions out and they all sound terrific!
      We'll report back after the visit.
      Thanks for your kindness.

    2. I stay at the Palmer house quite regularly. You are a short cab ride, or walk to a lot of great restaurants. For steak I love Keefers. I'm in town next week and will definitely be going there. It's a 15 minute walk, or 5 minute cab ride. As mentioned here The Gage is literally right around the corner. It to is good place, excellent and friendly bartendars. The Wit Hotel, which is 1 block north of Palmer House, has a great roof top bar/rest. Granted November in Chicago gets cold, but they may make it hospitable for cooler weather. Fun place. Lots of places to choose from.

      1. Lockwood is right in the hotel. I haven't been but have heard great things. Rosebud Prime is an excellent steak house very close to there.