Restaurant Choice After White Sox Game
We (group of 6 out of towners) will be attending a White Sox game on Friday, May 20th. We would like to have an upscale Chicago dinner experience after the game but it won´t be until 10:00pm before we can make it to a restaurant. Should we have dinner close to the stadium or should we head back downtown to where our hotel is located? Any suggestions? I have been reading the boards and thought Merat de la Planxa would be a nice choice but we may have some carnivores that may prefer a good steak. Help please...
That's correct; there's nothing in the vicinity of the stadium that I would recommend. There are some other places in the general neighborhood but they're far enough that you're better off going back to the area around your hotel.
Also, that game (I'll be there too) has a 7:10 start, so if you stay for the entire game, it's likely to end between 10:00 and 10:30. By the time you get back to the area of your hotel, you're probably going to need a place where you can be seated at 11:00. Here are a bunch of good places in the area around the hotels (River North, Mag Mile, Loop) that seat people as late as 11:00 on Fridays.:
Sable (contemporary American) - www.sablechicago.com
The Florentine (Italian) - www.the-florentine.net
Quartino (Italian small plates) - www.quartinochicago.com
The Purple Pig (pork, charcuterie, cheese) - www.thepurplepigchicago.com
The Girl and the Goat (contemporary American) - www.girlandthegoat.com
Cafe Iberico (tapas) - www.cafeiberico.com
Sunda (pan-Asian, sushi) - www.sundachicago.com
GT Fish and Oyster (seafood) - www.gtoyster.com
Hugo's Frog Bar (seafood) - www.hugosfrogbar.com
Miller's Pub (steaks, pub fare) - www.millerspub.com
Avec (Mediterranean) - www.avecrestaurant.com
Luxbar (comfort food) - www.luxbar.com
Mercadito (Mexican) - www.mercaditochicago.com
The Gage (gastropub) - www.thegagechicago.com
Chicago Cut Steakhouse (steakhouse) - www.chicagocutsteakhouse.com
Mastro's (steakhouse) - www.mastrosrestaurants.com
Smith & Wollensky (steakhouse) - www.smithandwollensky.com
I don't think there are too many options near U.S. Cellular Field that would qualify as 'upscale'. Your best bet is to head back downtown, though 10pm might wind up being a little late for some restaurants. I mean, I think that will likely be a determining factor more than anything else. You might take a look at Sable (River North) or The Gage (Loop) - they will be open until at least 11pm and are solid choices for dinner.