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Sep 2, 2010 07:05 AM

Solo dining recommendation

I have a Saturday of solo adventure coming up in Chicago and am seeking your recommendation for solo dining. Breakfast, lunch, snacks, coffee and dinner. I'll be staying at the Hyatt Regency so anything within walking distance and along the Mile would be great. Thanks.

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  1. You can eat solo at any restaurant anywhere. And it's up to you whether to be seated at your own table or at the bar; most restaurants will give you the choice.

    I suggest going to Frontera Grill for brunch on Saturdays. It's a ten-minute walk from your hotel.

    As for dinner, there are literally hundreds of restaurants within walking distance of your hotel. The discussion at has links to dining options nearby in various categories.

    Feel free to ask more specific questions and we'll try to answer them.

    3 Replies
    1. re: nsxtasy

      Of course you can eat solo at any restaurant anywhere. But there is no way I would dine solo at Per Se. Call me a chicken, but I'm not brave enough. And once, I was dining solo at an upscale bar/lounge and I got propositioned!!! Anyways, onwards...

      How about - where I could get a great cup of espresso/coffee in the morning? And I don't mean the starbucks, I mean the authentic Italian kind. ) And how about best place to get a chocolate chip cookie and Fro-yo?

      1. re: jycnyc

        I would not hesitate to dine solo at Per Se. I haven't done it there, but I've dined solo at other high-end restaurants, and have always been welcomed and made to feel at home.

        Intelligentsia is our local brand for great coffee. Their Millennium Park location at 53-55 East Randolph, between Michigan and Wabash, is just a few blocks from the Hyatt Regency.

        If your coffee must be Italian, there are several Lavazza locations here; the nearest one to the Hyatt is on Washington west of State, which is about 3 blocks further than Intelligentsia.

        For a chocolate chip cookie or other terrific baked goods - yummy cinnamon swirl rolls, the world's best bran muffins, etc - go downstairs inside the Hyatt to the Columbus Drive level, walk across the river on Columbus past the Sheraton and go one block to Illinois Street, turn right, and walk one block to Fox & Obel, our premier upscale gourmet food store. (You can also walk there via Michigan Avenue but it's out of the way that way.) They have a lot of other great stuff in the store, including a cafe in the rear where you can get anything from a cup of coffee to a complete meal made to order. Open 6 to midnight.

        1. re: jycnyc

          I dined solo at Per Se - it was amazing. Same at Alinea, Guy Savoy, Joel Robuchon, The French Laundry, Vetri.....I'll stop there but the blog is a pretty good reference point.

          What is it that makes you uncomfortable? The servers and kitchen usually go out of their way to impress.

          With regard to the Coffee request - it ain't Italian, but there is a reason the crew at Intelligentsia gets so much positive publicity.

          1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

      2. I recommend Purple Pig on N Michigan. Outstanding, adventurous food, god wines by the glass, small plates, and best for you, communal seating.