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Jun 8, 2010 08:43 PM

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.

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  1. 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:
    Bistro Campagne

    Bistro Campagne
    4518 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

    Mado Restaurant
    1647 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

    Perennial Virant
    1800 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60614

    Sola Restaurant
    3868 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60613

    161 N Jefferson St, Chicago, IL 60661

    4111 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

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    1. re: chicgail

      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.

        1. re: pamela18

          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).