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Looking for a romantic restaurant in downtown chicago, close to navy pier, that has a good wine list, and moderate prices.

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  1. What do you consider "moderate prices"? If entrees in the low thirties are okay, I'd recommend North Pond, which is exceedingly romantic and has a good wine list, but is not close to Navy Pier (it's about three miles away). www.northpondrestaurant.com

    If you're looking for something less expensive than that, you might want to consider Brasserie Jo (French bistro, www.brasseriejo.com ) or Coco Pazzo Cafe (Italian, www.cocopazzocafe.com ). Both have entrees around $20 and are a short walk from Navy Pier. Another moderately-priced option is Cafe des Architectes (contemporary American, www.cafedesarchitectes.com ), which is a slightly longer walk and has a 3-course prix fixe menu for $42 every day, and $29 Sundays through Tuesdays.

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      Thanks so much! That is exactly what I was looking for. I really want to try Noth Pond, but am slightly concerned about the distance. I'm looking for something around 50 to 75 per person. I'm not a big eater and so we tend to do an appetizer, each get a salad and split an entree. We're more into wine so that is where most of the cost of our meal comes into play. So I would say my number one priority is a place with a good atmosphere and reasonably priced wine list.

      1. re: alley2382

        North Pond is in the middle of Lincoln Park. You can get there in 20-30 minutes by the CTA #151 bus ($2.25/person) from Michigan Avenue or in 10 minutes by cab ($10-12).

        The wine lists for North Pond, Brasserie Jo, and Cafe des Architectes are shown on their websites, including prices.

        1. re: nsxtasy

          North Pond tends to be a little out of the way, unless you take a cab up Lakeshore (outside of rush hour).

          Eve in River North is very dark and sexy... also, (on the much more expensive ends of things) try NoMi at the Park Hyatt or Sixteen at the Trump Tower. If anything, go for a drink on the terrace at Sixteen; it's an exquisite view on the City. The Gage across from Millennium Park is really a lot of fun. The low-lighting at dinner time tends to keep the bar area more hushed, so that it doesn't disturb the diners in booths toward the back wall.

          Hope you have a great trip!

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          North Pond
          2610 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614

          1. re: KateHC

            NoMI and Sixteen are both pretty expensive, with entrees in the forties; dinner with wine/tax/tip may run $150 or more per person. By comparison, you're looking at around $90-110 at North pond, and maybe $65-80 at Coco Pazzo Cafe, Brasserie Jo, and Cafe des Architectes. More if you spend a lot on wine.

            I was also disappointed with the food at Sixteen when I ate there not long ago; it was pretty good, but not great or special. Also, although the view is nice - it doesn't really look out on the whole city, only on a few buildings nearby, but it's a tall room with full-length windows - the room is surprisingly noisy considering how much space there is between the tables. I think it's due to the acoustics of hard surfaces. The food and view at NoMI (looking out at the Park and the Water Tower) are far superior, although again, there's the price issue.

            1. re: KateHC

              Thanks so much! We leave tonight and I can't wait! I made reservations at Eve and Coco Pazzo, the restaurant, not cafe, for tomorrow night. Do you have any more recommendations for after dinner drink spots. I love live music, more on the lounge style side.

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              Coco Pazzo Cafe
              636 N St Clair, Chicago, IL 60611

              1. re: alley2382

                Just to clarify - Coco Pazzo is a little more expensive and upscale than Coco Pazzo Cafe, but it's about half a mile further from the Cafe, which is close to Navy Pier.

                For drink spots in that area, check out this discussion:
                Sunday Night Drinks: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/709431

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                Coco Pazzo Cafe
                636 N St Clair, Chicago, IL 60611