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Looking for a great dinner around the Hyatt Regency for a group of 9

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hi chicago hounds!

i'm looking for a moderately priced delicious restaurant for a group of 9 to dine at this friday. the major caveat is that the restaurant should be near the hyatt regency downtown. i tried the frontera grill but they are booked for friday. any other ideas? my main criteria is that it needs to be delicious and not extravagantly expensive: oh, and they have to be able to accommodate a group of 9. is this too tall of an order?

thanks in advance!

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  1. I'll start out with a couple of suggestions within a block of the Hyatt. Aria is in the Fairmont, across the street kitty-corner from the Hyatt. It specializes in pan-Asian cuisine, and also has steaks and American food on the menu. It's very nice. Mid-priced, maybe $75-100 per person for complete dinners including moderate alcohol and tax/tip. www.ariachicago.com On the low end of the price scale is Giordano's, which serves Chicago-style deep-dish "stuffed" (double-crust) pizza. It's a block south of the Hyatt, in Prudential Plaza. The pizzas take 30-45 minutes to bake; if that's a problem for you, phone ahead with your pizza order and they'll have it ready for you. Figure $10-20/person. www.giordanos.com

    Here are more suggestions, all roughly within a 5 minute walk or so of the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

    Sol y Nieve (Spanish tapas) - $50-75/pp - www.emiliostapas.com

    Coco Pazzo Cafe (Italian) - $60-80/pp - www.cocopazzocafe.com

    Sayat Nova (Armenian) - $50-75/pp - www.sayatnovachicago.com

    Park Grill (American) - $60-90/pp - www.parkgrillchicago.com

    Atwood Cafe (contemporary American) - $80-100/pp - www.atwoodcafe.com

    South Water Kitchen (American comfort food) - $70-90/pp - www.southwaterkitchen.com

    Shaw's Crab House (seafood) - $70-90/pp - www.shawscrabhouse.com

    Boston Blackie's (sports bar, burgers - Grand Ave location) - $25-40/pp - www.bostonblackies.com

    David Burke's Primehouse (contemporary steakhouse) - $80-100/pp - www.jameshotels.com/Chicago-Hotel.asp...

    These price ranges are my rough estimates; obviously, prices can vary. Most of the restaurants show sample menus with prices on their websites, so check those to get a better idea of cost.

    Incidentally, Frontera Grill accepts only a handful of reservations and keeps most of the dining room available for walk-in traffic. For a group of 9, you're basically out of luck if they can't give you a reservation. If you want to try it with a smaller party, arrive 20 minutes before they open the doors to avoid long waits to be seated.