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First time in Chicago Labor Day weekend and looking for 1 dinner and 2 lunch recommendations

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davyboy Aug 30, 2010 04:01 PM

I'm coming to Chicago from Montreal to attend a wedding this Friday, Sept. 3 and returning home on Monday, Sept. 6. I'm staying at The Wit Doubletree (the location of the wedding) and I'm invited to the rehearsal dinner on Saturday evening, the wedding itself on Sunday evening and a wedding brunch on Monday morning, so looking for suggestions for Friday evening dinner and lunches on Saturday and Sunday.

I have a ticket for Billy Elliott on Friday evening at the Ford Oriental Theatre at 8:00 p. m., which is apparently very close to the hotel, so I'm looking for a great restaurant (love all types of food, but being from Montreal, no French) within easy walking distance of the hotel and theatre for dinner at 6:00ish. As I'll be alone, eating at the bar would work and I'm looking to spend $50 - $60 including a glass of wine.
Also looking for lunch recommendations in the Loop/Miracle Mile area for Saturday and Sunday. I also prefer not to have breakfast at hotels, so any great breakfast suggestions (not brunch) near the hotel would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance for your recommendations.

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Oriental Theatre
24 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL

  1. nsxtasy Aug 31, 2010 11:23 AM

    Here are several dinner recommendations nearby.

    Cibo Matto is right inside the Wit Hotel, and it's excellent. The menu is contemporary Italian; you can get the usual Italian dishes and pastas, or you can also get items that are more along the lines of contemporary American cuisine. When I had dinner there recently, I had a sweetbreads appetizer (meh - I though the lemon overwhelmed the sweetbreads), a very good entree of braised beef short ribs, and an excellent side dish of creamy polenta. The dish that stole the show was dessert, which was one of the best dishes I have had all year; it featured a cardamom panna cotta. It may exceed your desired price target. http://cibomatto.therestaurantsatthewit.com

    Catch 35 is an excellent seafood restaurant nearby. It too may exceed your desired price target. www.catch35.com

    A little less expensive is Petterino's, a steakhouse nearby, which will probably meet your price target. www.petterinos.com

    And if you want to go in a budget direction, you can get our delicious local specialty of Chicago-style deep-dish pizza; the closest good place is Pizano's on Madison. www.pizanoschicago.com

    Catch 35 and Petterino's are about a block from the hotel and theater; Pizano's is about four blocks away.

    >> Also looking for lunch recommendations in the Loop/Miracle Mile area for Saturday and Sunday.

    The Miracle Mile is in Los Angeles. You're thinking of the Magnificent Mile, a one-mile stretch of North Michigan Avenue that starts at the river at the northeast corner of the Loop.

    For lunch recommendations in the Loop, all of the above would work (and there is a location of Pizano's on State near the north end of the Mag Mile). See this discussion for less expensive recommendations in the Loop:

    Lunching in the Loop - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/527275

    >> I also prefer not to have breakfast at hotels, so any great breakfast suggestions (not brunch) near the hotel would be appreciated.

    See this discussion:

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

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      davyboy Aug 31, 2010 12:44 PM

      Thank you nsxtasy for all the links. Definitely Catch 35 for dinner Friday as one of the few things Montreal lacks, restaurant-wise, are good fish places. The "Lunching in the Loop" link will certainly provide me with numerous choices for the 2 lunches as will the breakfast link.

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      Catch 35
      35 W. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60601

    2. d
      davyboy Aug 30, 2010 04:15 PM

      Sorry, my bad, as the first line reads as if the wedding is Friday, but, as indicated further on in my post, the wedding is Sunday, Sept. 5.

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