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Hello. I am going to Chicago the weekend of May 21 with 5 girlfriends. We are all mid-thirties (a couple have kids) and we're into food and wine. We're not looking for a crazy drunken weekend (although I'm sure beverages will be consumed) but more of a sophisticated adventure. We're staying in the River North? area ... the James Hotel is booked so we're looking at other options nearby. We're willing to take cabs to nearby neighborhoods but don't want to spend the whole night in transit. Could you please recommend some upscale, trendy places with GOOD FOOD, as well as some good bars for drinks after dinner?

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  1. I think you'll find recommendations that are exactly what you're looking for in these discussions about girls weekends where they're staying at hotels in that area:

    5 Canadian Girls Gone Wild in Chicago - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/603040

    Recommendations for Girl's Night Out in Chicago - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/617007

    If you still have questions after reading through those, please feel free to ask and we'll try to help!

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      Thanks for the suggestions! Both those posts were from a year ago so I was wondering if there were some more recent suggestions.
      A friend had recommended: Terragusto, Honky Tonk, Spring, Las Palmas, Gilt Bar, Epic, Kith & Kin and Longman Eagle.
      Do any of those sound good? What about the Violet Hour for drinks?
      Thanks so much for your help!

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      The Violet Hour
      1520 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

      Terragusto
      1851 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613

      1. re: rogersjls

        Well, things don't change THAT much in a year! Most of the places you mention are relatively new; however, it sounds like your friend is recommending places primarily because they are new, not because they are necessarily better than elsewhere. I haven't been to most of the ones you mention but I've heard decidedly mixed things about several of them, which is why they're not at the top of my list of places to try. You may want to search this forum for opinions, and I think you'll find some of the mixed reviews I'm referring to. Spring has been around for a while and it's still very good, with a seafood-focused menu, although it's not as festive a place as I'd normally suggest for a bachelorette weekend. The Violet Hour is a good place for drinks, although they are pricey. It's designed to resemble a Prohibition speakeasy so don't look for a sign when you get to that address; the door is hidden in the wall. :)

        Remember, if you haven't spent a lot of time in Chicago, every place is going to be new to you, even if it's been around for a long time! But if you'd like to try some places that have opened within the last year or two, the ones that are getting the most raves are not the ones you've mentioned, but instead try Graham Elliot (contemporary American), the Publican (if you're not big on desserts), Mercat a la Planxa (for tapas), and Sunda (for pan-Asian and sushi). All of which are suitable for your weekend.

    2. Pops for Champagne is in River North and might be a fun place to start or end your night.
      http://www.popsforchampagne.com/

      1. Pops is a great suggestion by chicagowinediva and you could hop into a cab to head over to Graham Elliott (also a good suggestion by nsxtasy) for dinner then. (My husband and I did just that last Saturday night and had a great time.) Another suggestion for you and the ladies, would be to go to Hot Chocolate in Bucktown. You could go to the Bluebird afterwards - it is a wine bar that is right next door. (These are both very close to Violet Hour so you could grab drinks there beforehand to avoid the line that forms later in the evening.) Finally, you would probably all LOVE the Purple Pig, a wine bar/Mediterranean small plates place at 500 N. Michigan. Great wines, great food and a really fun vibe. Their outdoor patio might even be open by then.

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        The Violet Hour
        1520 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

        Hot Chocolate
        1747 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647