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Feb 4, 2011 08:15 AM

Good to Excellent restaurants near the Bank of America Theater on Monroe

6 of us are going to see Burn the Floor next Wedn. night. One couple suggested the Grillroom but I have not seen any review of that restaurant that excites me. Any suggestions for a very close restaurant that can get us in and out in about 1 1/2 hour and serves above average food? Thanks. Don

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  1. One of my favorite italian rstaurants is very close to thhere - Trattoria No. 10 - I am sure you will be able to get in and out of there

    Trattoria No. 10
    10 North Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60602

    1. Wherever you go, just let them know when you're seated what time you need to leave, and any good place in the Loop will be able to get you through in 90 minutes, no problem.

      If you want Italian, there are several places close by that are among the very best and most creative in the city. Vivere, the finer dining restaurant in the Italian Village complex, is excellent, and it's on Monroe just one block west of the theater. Vivere has been a top pick among theatergoers for years - about half the diners will leave at roughly the same time - and they really do get you in and out quickly without making you feel rushed. And the Florentine recently opened under Todd Stein, formerly of Cibo Matto, so that's another place for terrific Italian food.

      If you prefer contemporary American cuisine, walk two blocks north of the theater on State Street and go to Atwood Cafe, in the Hotel Burnham. It's a nice combination of luxury (big overstuffed seats) and bistro casualness (with passersby visible through the windows).

      If you want an expensive but wonderful dinner, consider Everest. It's one of the best restaurants in the city and specializes in French-Alsatian food. It's not cheap but every day at 5:00/5:30 they have a fixed three-course pre-theater dinner for around $50. The view is magnificent. It's dressy (jackets for gentlemen).

      Finally, if you'd prefer deep-dish pizza, go to Pizano's on Madison. Phone in advance with your pizza order and they'll have it ready at the time you specify, so you don't have to worry about waiting 30-45 minutes while seated for your pizza to bake.

      1. Is there any valet parking nearby for the Bank of America Theater?

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        1. re: 170oak14

          If you go to Trattoria No. 10 -- and I agree with Weinstein5 that it's a good choice for good food pre-theater -- you can valet your car there through the show. It's within a block or 2 of the theater. (Other restaurants in that area may have the same deal, but I don't know.)

        2. Any valet parking close to the theater @ 18 West Monroe?

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          1. re: 170oak14

            This website shows a map of all the garages and lots in downtown Chicago. You can enter your entering and exiting date/time on the website and it tells you exact rates. Click on any of the rates and it will show you a precise address, whether it's valet or self park, and a photo of the entrance.


            As you can see on the map, there are two parking garages in the block across the street from the theater, one with self park and valet options on the northern half of the block, and another which is self park only on the southern half of the block. The entrance to both of these parking garages is in the east-west alley ("West Marble Place" on the map, although it may not be marked in person) that runs parallel to Monroe and Adams between Dearborn and State. Turn into the alley by making a right turn from Dearborn past Adams and then you'll see both entrances, the valet and self park entrance on your left and the self park entrance on your right. You can view a photo of the entrance to the alley, with both garage entrances visible, on the Google Maps website at,-87.62...

          2. Italian Village is right there. The Atwood, Rosebud Prime are also near by. Most restaurants in that area are use to accommodating theater patrons. Just let them know at the beginning of your meal.

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            1. re: Smarttyparty

              Thanks for all of your help...what a great website with terrific participants....