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Jun 20, 2010 09:43 AM

Bridal Shower Luncheon Ideas Downtown Chicago

I would like to plan an intimate luncheon of approximate 5-6 ladies that would be taking the train in from Michigan for somewhere under $1000. I was thinking something like the Walnut Room, but I've read some reviews that have me thinking twice. I thought it would be fun for my daughter and her friends to come into the city for a classy luncheon, leaving the rest of the day for them to shop downtown. Any ideas on place with great food and great service downtown near all the shopping?

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  1. NoMI would be great for this. NoMI is the best (and classiest) restaurant in the city that's open for lunch. The cuisine from Chef Christophe David is outstanding, and so is the view of the Water Tower through the picture window on one side of the dining room. It's located in the Park Hyatt, just across the park (it's a very small park, one small block) from the Magnificent Mile and all its shops.

    1. The Four Seasons would be a wonderful place for a ladies luncheon. Or you could check out some of the places that do an afternoon tea.

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      1. re: Susancampbell79

        Seasons, the high-end restaurant in the Four Seasons, is not open for lunch. The only thing open for lunch in the hotel is The Cafe, their casual restaurant.

      2. I wouldn't go to the Walnut Room. Not only is it not what it was "back in the day," the location isn't great for these ladies to shop. I think they will want to be in the north Michigan Avenue area, rather than on State St.

        Here are some suggestions in addition to NoMi:
        Bistro 110 - charming bistro just off Michigan Avenue
        Cafe des Architectes in the Sofietel Hotel, also just off Michigan Avenue
        Le Colonial - elegant Vietnamese/French
        Frontera Grill or Topolobambo -- Rich Bayless' renowned regional Mexican

        I took my son to The Four Seasons for a post-graduation luncheon and we found it to be rather stiff and stuffy. I don't recommend it. However, Deca, the restaurant at the Ritz Carlton, might be worth a look.

        Bistro 110
        110 East Pearson Street, Chicago, IL 60611

        Frontera Grill
        445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

        Cafe des Architectes
        20 East Chestnut Street, Chicago, IL 60611

        1. By the way, I'm wondering what you meant when you said "for somewhere under $1000". This is supposed to be for 5-6 lunches? At most restaurants, lunch entrees rarely run more than $15 - even NoMI's only average in the high teens - so unless you're drinking a lot, you would be hard pressed to reach a third of that total, even after adding drinks/tax/tip.

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          1. re: nsxtasy

            Well, I guess I should have been more specific......I'ld like to plan a really fun day for my daughter and her friends to include their round trip transportation, luncheon, followed by pedicures, shopping and a hotel room for the girls to have a night out on the town (or something like that). Since I plan to only join the luncheon/shower, allowing the girls to plan out how they want to spend the rest of their day, I'ld like the luncheon to be really nice. So the total dollar figure was meant to cover the entire day, not just the lunch. Thanks for all the suggestions!!