HELP!!! Need recommendations for this week
Business dinners Wed and Thurs - hip; creative/farm-driven food; good vibe; good service. Any recommendations - price not an issue. Dinner for 4-6 people each night.
You don't say where. In the city? Neighborhood? North Side/South Side? Suburbs?
First things that come to mind (all in the city) are:
4518 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
1647 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
1800 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60614
3868 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60613
161 N Jefferson St, Chicago, IL 60661
4111 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Yes, location is usually very important for business dinners, when you want them a short walk (in the city) or a short drive (in the suburbs) from the office or from the hotel where out-of-town participants are staying. Geographical convenience and an appropriate atmosphere are usually more important for business dinners than great food (although, depending on the location, hopefully we can recommend a place with that as well). So let us know - if it's downtown, a specific hotel or street intersection will help (rather than just saying "downtown") - and we'll try to provide suitable recommendations in the vicinity.
Incidentally, Carol Wallack has announced that she is planning to move Sola downtown in the next few months.
Well then, here are some suitable places, arranged in order from south to north:
Opera (pan-Asian, South Loop) - www.opera-chicago.com
Mercat a la Planxa (Loop, tapas) - www.mercatchicago.com
Everest (Loop, French) - www.everestrestaurant.com
Vivere (Loop, Italian) - www.vivere-chicago.com
Atwood Cafe (Loop, contemporary American) - www.atwoodcafe.com
La Sardine (West Loop, French bistro) - www.lasardine.com
Aria (Loop, pan-Asian) - www.ariachicago.com
Sixteen (River North, fine dining) - www.trumpchicagohotel.com/Food_Wine/s...
Coco Pazzo (River North, Italian) - www.cocopazzochicago.com
David Burke's Primehouse (River North, steakhouse) - www.davidburkesprimehouse.com
Mexique (West Town, Mexican/French) - www.mexiquechicago.com
NoMI (Mag Mile, fine dining) - www.nomirestaurant.com
Pane Caldo (Mag Mile, Italian) - www.pane-caldo.com
Salpicon (Old Town, Mexican) - www.salpicon.com
Spring (Bucktown/Wicker Park, seafood/contemporary) - www.springrestaurant.net
Sweets and Savories (Lincoln Park, contemporary American) - www.sweetsandsavoriesrestaurant.com
Lula (Logan Square, contemporary American) - www.lulacafe.com
North Pond (Lincoln Park, contemporary American) - www.northpondrestaurant.com
Hearty (Lakeview, contemporary American/comfort) - www.heartyboys.com/hearty
Deleece (Lakeview, contemporary American) - www.deleece.com
Magnolia Cafe (Uptown, contemporary American) - www.magnoliacafeuptown.com
Big Jones (Andersonville, Southern) - www.bigjoneschicago.com
All of these except La Sardine and Lula accept reservations on Opentable.com (La Sardine accepts reservations through their website but not on Opentable).