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Apr 12, 2011 02:16 PM

Sunday Dinner, 1 day in Chicago

I will be arriving in Chicago next Sunday morning and will be leaving Monday afternoon. After having done some research for my Sunday evening meal I have found that most of the "upscale" recommended restaurants are closed on Sunday evening. I appear to be left with a choice of:
North Point,
Boka and
Longman & Eagle (which appears to be some distance from The Drake where I will be staying).

Although I initally was thinking upscale, if there is a restaurant I am inadvertenly missing because it is not so classified, please let me know . I enjoy neighborhood gems and regional classics as well.
Any recommendations from among the foregoing, or others that I have not yet identified, is greatly appreciated. . Thanks in advance for your assistance

1729 North Halsted, Chicago, IL 60614

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  1. I guess it depends on what you mean by upscale. Do you mean our most expensive (typically $200 or more per person including moderate alcohol and tax/tip), formal (jackets required) high-end restaurants? If so, some of them are closed Sundays (Everest, Charlie Trotter's, TRU, Avenues) while others are open Sundays (Alinea, Spiaggia). Given the short notice, Alinea is out of the question, but there's plenty of availability for Spiaggia on It features Italian cuisine and it's right across the street from the Drake.

    Now, if you'd like to consider our more casual, less expensive (more like $100/pp or less) "finer dining" restaurants, most of those are open on Sundays. One of the best is Cafe Spiaggia, the moderately-priced Italian, sister restaurant next door to Spiaggia - again right across the street from the Drake. Other excellent restaurants open Sundays within a few blocks of the Drake include bistronomic (contemporary American-French), Le Colonial (French-Vietnamese), Balsan (contemporary American-Mediterranean), and Bistro 110 (French bistro). If you're willing to walk a little further, let's say about 10-12 minutes, you can also consider Sable (contemporary American with artisanal cocktails) and Salpicon (contemporary Mexican). All of these are very good indeed.

    So, as you can see, there's plenty right within walking distance of the Drake, open Sundays. The four places you mentioned are indeed all some distance (two miles or more) from the Drake, and not within walking distance. But if you don't mind taking a cab for a place that's really unique, I'd recommend North Pond (that's its name - not North Point), which is two miles north of the Drake. It's in the middle of the park (seriously), facing its namesake pond, with the city skyline looming over the opposite shore. The renovated building formerly served as a warming shelter for ice skaters on the lake. You can ask for the room facing the pond when making your reservation, but even the inside room with its open kitchen is very special too. The cuisine is contemporary American from James Beard Award finalist Chef Bruce Sherman. The other places I'm recommending here are all excellent as well, but North Pond's setting in the park is exquisite and makes it a unique experience.

    All of the above accept reservations on where it's easy to see which ones are open and have availability on any particular date and time.


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    1. re: nsxtasy

      Thanks nsxtasy. I had been told by my Chicago office (as I have now learned thanks to you, incorrectly) that Spiaggia was closed on Sundays. I did not include Alinea because there are no available reservations, given my last minute timing. I have narrowed my seletion to North Pond (thanks for the correction of the name), Sable and either of the 2 Spiaggia rests. The North Pond setting is intriguing and would probably be my pick if I was confidant that the food would be as wonderful as the setting sounds. UnfortunatleyI have read a number of online reviews that speak of poor service and inconsistent culinary results. I may save Sable for breakfast or lunch on Monday,or perhaps an after dinner drink on Sunday.

      1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

      North Pond
      2610 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614

      980 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

      1. re: mlzeats

        They're all good choices.

        FWIW, my dinners at North Pond have been extremely positive for both food and service. Perhaps you might want to consider it for Sunday brunch upon your arrival?