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Dinner recs for a group near Apollo Theater

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Two families of four (kids are in their 20's) will be in town on Wednesday, July 28th and need recs for for restaurant choices near the Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park. Looking for a place that's good for a group, good wine, moderate to low-end expensive. We also need recs for breakfast/lunch (doesn't need to be for a large group) near Best Western River North. We don't mind walking -- just looking for good chow and an interesting eating experience.

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  1. >> need recs for for restaurant choices near the Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park. Looking for a place that's good for a group, good wine, moderate to low-end expensive.

    Merlo's location on Lincoln is just up the street, for good (although somewhat pricey) Italian food. www.merlochicago.com

    >> We also need recs for breakfast/lunch (doesn't need to be for a large group) near Best Western River North.

    See this discussion:

    River North Breakfast Ideas - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/693985

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      Thanks for the recs and the link. Orange River North looks good for breakfast, as does Xoco. Still up in the air about dinner, might go with Mon Ami Gabi as Merlo's looks a bit pricey.

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      Mon Ami Gabi
      2300 N. Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL 60614

      1. re: jnf

        Mon Ami Gabi is a very good French bistro. The only caveat I have is in case you noticed it on the Apollo Theater website, which may have given the impression that it's within a block or two of the theater. It's not; it's actually about a mile away. It's also not all that much cheaper than Merlo.

        If you want something less expensive and very close to the theater, Lou Malnati's on Wrightwood is right around the corner from the theater and their deep-dish pizza is among the best in town. Phone ahead with your pizza order (773.832.4030) and they'll have it ready for whatever time you specify; that way you won't have to wait 30-45 minutes while seated for your pizza to bake.

        1. re: nsxtasy

          Thanks for the heads up. French won out over Italian. We'll give ourselves extra time to make the 7:30 show.