Chicago Family Gathering-Need Restaurant Ideas
We are a large, geographically disperse family. One of my sisters will be celebrating her
50th birthday in June and we have decided to all meet in Chicago for a weekend celebration.
We want to eat well and have fun without breaking the bank. Would love some recommendations for centrally located restaurants in Chicago. Thank you in advance.
1) When we have family in from out of town everybody loves Big Bowl, unusually good Pan-Asian (see their website). One is a short block off Michigan on Ohio (just around the corner from Eddie Bauer) and the other is in the Near North Side restaurant district at the corner of State & Cedar, just where Rush joins State. Moderate prices. 2) Roughly at same interesection is Heaven on Seven, Cajun (2nd floor facing Rush in same building as Eddie Bauer). Go to "Chicago restaurant menus" website for >3000 actual menus showing selections and prices. For a group dinner you might like Maggiano's, Clark & Grand, ordering the Family Meal---so much per head and a ton of food. From there walking east there is a good Indian lunch buffet, I forget the name, and at Grand & Dearborn, Brazzaz is a deal at lunch (costs half as much as dinner for meat ad lib plus many other dishes and a huge salad bar).
60 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611
Heaven on Seven
600 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
539 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60654
That's just small enough that you probably don't want to bother getting a private dining room, and can be seated in the main dining room anywhere.
Here are some of the moderately-priced places I would recommend near North Michigan Avenue (the "Mag Mile" stretch):
Contemporary American - Cafe des Architectes - www.cafedesarchitectes.com
Steaks and Seafood - Hugo's Frog Bar - www.hugosfrogbar.com
Italian - Cafe Spiaggia - www.cafespiaggia.com
Pizza - Pizano's (on State) - www.pizanoschicago.com , Giordano's (on Rush) - www.giordanos.com
French bistros - Bistro 110 - www.bistro110restaurant.com , Brasserie Jo - www.brasseriejo.com
Pan-Asian - Sunda - www.sundachicago.com
Latin Fusion - Nacional 27 - www.nacional27.net
Tapas - Cafe Iberico - www.cafeiberico.com
Mexican - Salpicon - www.salpicon.com