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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. www.vivere-chicago.com And the Florentine recently opened under Todd Stein, formerly of Cibo Matto, so that's another place for terrific Italian food. www.the-florentine.net

      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). www.atwoodcafe.com

      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). www.everestrestaurant.com

      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. www.pizanoschicago.com