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Jul 6, 2011 07:35 AM

BIG Group Dinner for New to Chicago

Hi all,

I'm a New Yorker who decided to celebrate my birthday in Chicago with a Cubs game and some good eats. There will be about 20-25 of us in total for the weekend which I know is a big group, and we're only 3 weeks away! Does anyone have any suggestions of where to go that can accommodate us? Both dinner and brunch recommendations would be greatly appreciated. We're all late 20s/early 30s and staying downtown (River North/Gold Coast) and would like to stay within walking distance. Open to all types of a food. There will be foodies and non-foodie's. I'd love to keep each meal under $50 if possible per person.

Appreciate any help!

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  1. Quartino can likely accommodate a group of that size. For brunch, that's a tougher call.

    626 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60654

    1. With that size, you will want a place that can give you a private room. Give the private party folks at Lettuce Entertain You a call. Lettuce Entertain You is a group of around 40-50 restaurants, almost all in the Chicago area and most in the city. They vary in concept, and include everything from fine dining (Everest, TRU, L2O) to cheap eats and everything in between. Many of them are the best of their kind in the city. They have one group that can coordinate reservations for any of their restaurants. Their private party coordinators even have their own website, at One call and they'll be able to tell you which of their restaurants is available for the times you want, and within your budget.

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      1. re: nsxtasy

        One of the Lettuce restaurants- Hub 51 would probably be a good fit for your group if they can accomodate you. It's got a wide dinner menu- from sushi to chicken nachos, but the food is good and the place is very lively and always packed. It's also open for brunch on the weekends, although I don't think their brunch menu is that creative.

        1. re: ms. mika

          Scoozi's (another Lettuce restaurant) also has a very nice private room. Just give them your budget and they can work with it.

          Another suggestion would be to go to Chinatown! It's a short cab ride or subway ride if your group feels the need to experience Chicago public transportation, away and definitely good for the budget. At $50 a person, you could have a huge feast.. Many of the restaurants in Chinatown Square (a development just across the street from old Chinatown) do Chinese Hot Pot for around $17 a person, all you can eat, which usually includes 3 HUGE trays of meats, veggies and seafood... Or, just sit down at one of the many other places and order up a feast!

          Lastly, another great spot is Cafe Iberico on LaSalle just south of Chicago Avenue, not too far off the Gold Coast/River North area. This place is always busy, loud and a ton of fun... They serve fabulous tapas and excellent sangria!

          Whatever you do, look up these restaurants before you get here and MAKE A RESERVATION! Most of the restaurants in these areas are quite busy but can accommodate you if you give them a call ahead of time.


          Cafe Iberico
          737 N Lasalle Drive, Chicago, IL 60654

          410 West Huron, Chicago, IL 60610