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  • JNice Mar 2, 2010 01:37 PM
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Hello Chicago Chowhound!
My coworkers and I are attending a meeting in the Convention Center area next week and we are looking for a restaurant that will cost us around $50 per person and works for a group of 10 people. Of course we would like a chowhound approved restaurant so I cannot wait to hear back!
If there is nothing good to eat in that neighborhood then we are willing to take a taxi.

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  1. By "Convention Center" do you mean McCormick Place, which is South of the Downtown area along the Lakefront or the Convention Center in Rosemont, which is near O'Hare Airport?

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    1. re: ferret

      Yup. You need to specify which convention center you mean.

      If you mean McCormick Place, Cuatro ( www.cuatro-chicago.com ), a lively Latin fusion restaurant, is a few blocks away, and so is Cafe Bionda ( www.cafebionda.com ) for Italian. There are some excellent Chinese restaurants in Chinatown, which is about 3/4 mile away, including Double Li ( http://chicago.menupages.com/restaura... ) and Lao Sze Chuan ( www.laoszechuan.com ). Once you're in a cab, you can consider restaurants in all of the neighborhoods comprising downtown Chicago, which means you've got tons of choices. For website links for some of the closest places, see the discussion at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/368426

      The area around the convention center in Rosemont has a lot of steakhouses that will fit the bill, including Gibson's ( www.gibsonssteakhouse.com ), and Morton's ( www.mortons.com ). For more suggestions, see http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/394887

      1. re: ferret

        Hi, thanks for clarifing. I am staying at the Hyatt at McCormick Place. The Latin Fusion sounds good. We would prefer not to go to a chain, a Chinese restaurant or a steak house. I would truly welcome any further suggestions.
        Thank You!

        1. re: JNice

          Cuatro is an easy five minute walk from McCormick Place. The food is excellent; check out the menu on their website. After 10 pm on weekends they have music and cover charge, which is why the arrangement is somewhat cozy (e.g. smallish tables). They also sometimes have live music during their Sunday brunch. It's a fun place with great food! They are closed Mondays, and they accept reservations on Opentable.com

          1. re: nsxtasy

            I'll be at McCormick Place working the housewares show. I need to eat breakfast around 9:30 before doing cooking demos during the show. Any recs for places within walking distance for a quick but tasty breakfast?

            Does anyone know of restaurants that deliver for lunch to trade show exhibitors?

            Finally, I'm staying at the Hotel Sax in downtown. Is the immediate area safe and pedestrian friendly for a woman in the evening? I'm not sure if I want to hang out with my trade show co-workers after work. I'd rather just explore on my own or maybe hook up with people who work for other companies.

            1. re: ChloeinLA

              I don't know the answers to your first two questions, other than breakfast in McCormick Place itself or possibly the Hyatt that's part of the complex.

              Hotel Sax is in River North, just across the river from the Loop. It is extremely safe and pedestrian friendly in the evening. That area includes many of our nicest hotels and restaurants, so there is a lot of activity at all hours.

              1. re: nsxtasy

                I had a terrific time in Chicago. It's the friendliest big city I have ever been too and I've traveled a lot. I ended up skipping breakfast and lunch most days. For dinner, I ate at Mercadito (very good culinary school style Mexican food), Chicago Chophouse (no plans to go back, long story) and Gino's East (glad I tried it, not really my kind of food, but still had fun).

                I would love to go back to Chicago soon to try more restaurants.

                Gino's East
                8725 W Higgins Rd Ste 100, Chicago, IL 60631

                108 W. Kinzie, Chicago, IL 60610

                1. re: ChloeinLA

                  Glad you had a great time in Chicago. I think it's a darn friendly big city also and the food scene just keeps getting better.

                  I do have a question re your comment about Mercadito being good culinary school Mexican food. I just ate there this week for the first time and I have been trying to figure out what you mean. I found it to be a decent if not great provider of regional Mexican fare. Probably not as accomplished or ambitious as any of Rick Bayless' outlets, but way better than anything I would expect out of a culinary school.

                  So I'm not disagreeing with you, I just don't know what you mean. I'm guessing you have some distinction about "culinary school Mexican" that I don't get and would love to hear more about what you mean.

                  108 W. Kinzie, Chicago, IL 60610

                  1. re: chicgail

                    By culinary school I mean professional culinary schools like Le Cordon Bleu and The Culinary Institute of America. It's the kind of presentation taught in the international section. They do a very trendy presentation of Mexican dishes and they do it well.

                    1. re: ChloeinLA

                      Got it. Thanks.

                      I knew what a culinary school was, but I didn't get that you were referring to a particular presentation of food. I was thinking you meant a rather simple or rote student preparation of food and that wasn't my experience of Mercadito. Thanks for clearing that up for me.

                      108 W. Kinzie, Chicago, IL 60610