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romantic restaurant recs near Second City

I am planning on going to see Second City for my wedding anniversary. Does anyone have any recommendations for moderately priced good quality food which is within a short cab ride or walking distance from Second City.

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  1. For moderately priced places, consider Topo Gigio (Italian) or Adobo Grill (Mexican), both within a couple minutes walk of Second City, or Salpicon (Mexican), a little further south but still within walking distance. For a more expensive (entrees in the thirties) but exceedingly romantic restaurant, consider North Pond (contemporary American), in the park a little over a mile north of there.

    For more recommendations near Second City, see:

    Second City - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/451851
    Dinner near Second City? - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/501369

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      I recently ate at Riccardo Trattoria on Clark (walking distance from Second City- we actually went and bought our tix for the next night at Second City on our way to dinner) and it was delicious. Authentic Italian food, 32$ prix fixe menu. Cute, very romantic and intimate, great service. Highly reccommended.

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      Riccardo Trattoria
      2119 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614

      1. re: ajs489

        FYI - Riccardo Trattoria is a little over a half mile north of Second City (yes, walking distance). Another good restaurant, with a contemporary bistro vibe, a block or two south of Riccardo Trattoria (IOW a half mile north of Second City) is Perennial.

        1. re: nsxtasy

          Which restaurant would you say has a better dinner? Perennial or Sweet & Savories? I heard that Perennial has a good brunch, but have not heard much about dinner.

          1. re: shorty68

            I've only been to both places once. In terms of food, they were both very good - not "out of this world good" like you encounter only occasionally, but very good and worth going to. You might take a look at the sample menus on their websites to help you decide. www.perennialchicago.com www.sweetsandsavoriesrestaurant.com

            If this is the night you're going to Second City, Perennial has a location advantage over Sweets and Savories; Perennial is 1/2 mile north of Second City, an easy walk, whereas Sweets and Savories is a mile north and two miles west. Sweets and Savories is less expensive thanks to their deal with any three courses for $29. Both accept reservations on Opentable.com

            Both are good choices.

            1. re: nsxtasy

              Thanks for your comments. I plan on going to Sweets & Savories. We have a car and heard that it is not hard to find parking around Sweet & Savories. I also noticed that Sweets & Savories is on LTH Forum's GNR (Great Neighborhood Restaurant) list.

              1. re: shorty68

                Street parking around S&S is not terrible, but can be iffy. Fullerton is a busy commercial street, but that end of Lincoln Park is not the trendy part where parking is most difficult. Note that S&S is rather nondescript from the outside, and fairly easy to pass by without noticing. (FWIW, I've found that personal experience is a far better gauge of a restaurant's quality than a designation on that other forum.)

              2. re: nsxtasy

                This is FYI for other people who might be reading this thread. There is currently a Dinner/Theater package at Second City. The package needs to be booked through Second City's box office. At Perennial, the Second City 3 course Prix Fix offers your choice of the following for $41:

                1) appetizer or salad up to $10
                2) entree' up to $24
                3) one side
                4) dessert

                Apparently there is some kind of preferred seating at the Second City theater when you book a dinner/show package.

                1. re: shorty68

                  Sounds like a great deal. I would go for it.

                  1. re: shorty68

                    We have booked the Second City Dinner/Theater package because of the preferred seating for a group of 9 because the premium seats were not available. At this point we have chosen Bistro Margot for our dinner. They have a deal for $40 that is served family style, and we can choose 2 appetizers, 2 salads, 3 entrees, and are given dessert. Was that a wise choice? We will be in from various locations for 3 nights, and there are various offerings of other types of food closer to our hotel, such as Italian, so we thought this might be a good one, but would appreciate comments from locals.

                    1. re: robinsilver

                      Looking at the options in thatsckage, Bistrot Margot is a good choice. Their food is good and given the need to arrange for nine, you've picked well.

                      Consider going early so you can visit ourneighborhod's food gem -The Spce House - where you can buy the most wonderful spices just across the street from your rest. Old Town Oil s always a hit with my guests as well and is right there too.

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                      Bistrot Margot
                      1437 N. Wells, Chicago, IL 60610

                      Old Town Oil
                      1520 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610

                  2. re: nsxtasy

                    Perennial is at 1800 north where Wells Street ends at Lincoln Avenue with one side of the building on Wells. Second City is at 1608 North Wells. By my calculation this makes Perennial approximately 1/4 mile north of Second City, not 1/2 mile. Definitely an easy walk.

          2. The patio at Dinotto is nice if the weather cooperates, and just across North Ave. from Second City. You would also be close to Boka, Landmark (both on Halstead) and Perennial (on Clark) which are all owned by the same restaurant group but can be a bit expensive.

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            Boka
            1729 North Halsted, Chicago, IL 60614

            Dinotto Restaurant
            215 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60610

            1. Boka or Perennial for the romantic part of your request. "Moderately priced" is somewhat in the eye of the beholder.

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              Boka
              1729 North Halsted, Chicago, IL 60614

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              1. re: HoosierFoodie

                Moderately priced is for sure open to interpretation, and I don't mean to wax too philosophical, but I have to note that while some restaurants consciously try to create a romantic environment or ambiance, romance is ultimately something you bring with yo to a restaurant.

                I've been to very "romantic" restaurants and experienced anything but romance and been in the most ordinary places where the experience of love and romance were riveting and overwhelmingly present..

                1. re: chicgail

                  Very interesting thought. Thanks for your reply.

                2. re: HoosierFoodie

                  >> "Moderately priced" is somewhat in the eye of the beholder.

                  Of course. Without any specific amount indicated (such as "entrees around $X" or "complete dinners around $X per person including wine/tax/tip"), we can only guess what you mean, and we could very well be wrong.

                  When a place is recommended, the best way to decide whether it is, or isn't, in line with your desired price range is to check the menu on its website. Most restaurant websites have a sample menu which indicates prices.

                3. You might also like Gemini Bistro which is an easy walk up Lincoln. A friend and I had a quick meal there before going to the theater and it was lovely. Great food and good service. I wasn't sure it would be my cuppa, but the flavors and staff won me over.

                  http://www.geminibistrochicago.com/

                  I'd also second the Perennial suggestion - quite wonderful and nearby.

                  And if you had a hankering for Sushi instead - try Mizu around the corner from Second City on North. Superb yakitori, great sushi and wonderful team ... we go there often and it's my top sushi source in the city (and has a nice soothing dining room).

                  http://www.mizurestaurant.com/

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                  Gemini Bistro
                  2075 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614