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Apr 28, 2010 09:40 PM

Breakfast ideas near Hilton Garden Inn

We'll be staying at the Hilton Garden Inn at Grand and N State. Any recommendations for breakfast nearby?

My friend likes a good breakfast to start the day but we don't want to go too far from our hotel. We want to maximize our art gallery/museum/shopping time so we don't want to travel for our breakfast.


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  1. You'll find plenty of ideas in this topic:

    Breakfast River North

    Here is approximately how many blocks you would walk from your hotel to each of the places mentioned there:

    1 - Sable ( )
    1 - Restaurant at Conrad ( )
    2 - David Burke's Primehouse ( )
    3 - XOCO ( )
    3 - Eggsperience Pancakes and Cafe ( )
    3 - Sixteen ( )
    3 - Aja ( )
    5 - South Water Kitchen ( )
    6 - Fox & Obel ( )
    7 - LB Bistro in the Sheraton ( )
    7 - Orange ( - location at Clark and Superior)
    7 - Heaven on Seven ( - Wabash location)
    10 - Yolk ( - River North location)
    (not walkable) - Bongo Room ( )

    The area is also sprinkled with the usual chain places (Starbuck's, Cosi, Corner Bakery, etc).

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      Thanks again, nsxtasy! You're an excellent ambassador for your city. Thanks for such a detailed and comprehensive list. I think I saw Orange on another thread and it looked good. For some reason, I didn't think to check the local hotel restaurants.

      1. re: chefhound

        >> For some reason, I didn't think to check the local hotel restaurants.

        Neither did I; you'll notice that I added them to that other topic! :) I haven't been to the hotel restaurants for breakfast, although I've been to some of them (Sixteen, Burke's) for dinner.

        The places that stand out as different are XOCO (Mexican) and Heaven on Seven (cajun/creole). Note that the latter is not open terribly early (I think it's 8:30 or 9:00) and it's the Wabash location, and not the Rush location which is close to your hotel but not open for breakfast.

        Orange has pancake "flights" and design-your-own juice blends. I also like Fox & Obel, for its Cobb omelet as well as their baked goods to go (especially the cinnamon swirl rolls).

        P.S. Thanks for the kind words!

    2. Three minutes away from your hotel is Heaven on Seven, Rush & Ohio, that has Cajun breakfast on weekends. Think: Seafood Creole Omelet and Bananas Foster Pecan Praline Pancakes. See their menu (and >3000 others) by going to "Chicago restaurant menus".

      Heaven on Seven
      600 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

      Bananas Foster Cafe
      1147 W Granville Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

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      1. re: Querencia

        The Rush Street location of Heaven on Seven doesn't open until 11 a.m.

        If you'd like to check out the menu, click on the link for the restaurant's website in my previous post, where I mentioned the Wabash location (which opens for breakfast at 9 a.m. during the week and 10 a.m. on Saturdays).

      2. I have a friend who works at Eggsperience - they're quite good!

        2000 Tower Dr, Glenview, IL 60026

        1. I sometimes stay at the Garden Hilton and walk over to the historic Intercontinental on Michigan for a good breakfast. And yes, Heaven on Seven is worth a visit.

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          1. re: nibbell

            "Heaven on Seven is worth a visit."

            . . . i.e., the original on Wabash. Considerable difference between the ambience and (IMO) the quality of the two, all to the advantage of the original.

            1. re: jbw

              For breakfast, there's a huge difference! The Rush Street location doesn't open till 11 a.m. and doesn't have a breakfast menu; it serves from a lunch menu during the week, a brunch menu on weekends, and has a dinner menu too. The Wabash location opens at 9 during the week and 10 on Saturdays (closed Sundays) and has a separate breakfast menu which is available all day, at least as long as they're open (that location is only open for dinner the third Friday of each month). Big difference.