North Pond for anniversary - anything I should know?
My husband and I are visiting Chicago during the first week of November. Neither of us have been before (well, as adults anyway--a day of pizza and the Sears tower is fun for a 5-year old but I don't really think that makes me a jaded Chicago vet tourist). Our anniversary is on that Tuesday so I checked this board and some websites and made a reservation at North Pond, which isn't far from where we're staying.
Since this is a pretty significant vacation for us and it's our anniversary, I really want the experience to be fantastic. Is there anything I should be aware of or request regarding the reservation? Do I need to request a good view or is the whole restaurant pretty appealing that way? Is there someplace to avoid being seated? Anything particularly great to try on the menu?
(Tangent--we may go someplace for live music after dinner so if you have a recommendation that is in the same neighborhood that would be good to know too.)
I'm really looking forward to our week in Chicago so any advice is appreciated. Thanks!
2610 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614
There are two dining rooms at North Pond. The outer one has full-length windows facing the pond with the city skyline beyond. The inner one has no external view and features an open kitchen along one side. I have not dined at North Pond in the colder months but I have heard that the outer room *may* be a bit on the cool side. Both rooms can be enjoyable, but obviously the view in the room facing the pond is an attraction. I recommend requesting the room with the view of the pond, and including an explanation that it's your anniversary.
I've enjoyed arriving at the restaurant in daylight and leaving after dark, to get the view and the park in all lightings. In case this is of interest... FWIW daylight savings time ends on November 7, 2010. November 1-6, sunset is 5:39-5:45 pm. After November 7, sunset ranges from 4:38 on the 7th to 4:20 at the end of the month.
Congratulations on your anniversary! I can't think of a better place to celebrate it.
Thanks, that is exactly the information I was looking for. I checked the sunset time before making the reservation so we'll get there about 5:30 for the 5:45 sunset. I'll bring sure to dress in layers (I'm from Florida so I'm not really used to thinking about the weather to that degree--good advice).
You'll probably check the predicted weather while packing for your trip. For November 9 in Chicago, the normal high is 52F and the normal low is 38F. Of course, it can be warmer or colder than that. Rain is a possibility; snow is very unlikely that early in the fall but not impossible.