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Jul 26, 2011 04:31 PM

Private Booth Dining

Looking for a restaurant in the Chicago area (Skokie or city) with private booths for dining on Sunday, July 31st. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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  1. What do you mean by "private booth"? Is that the same thing as a booth, like you'd find in many restaurants (just to cite one example in Skokie, Cheesecake Factory)? Or something different?

    I'm not trying to give you a hard time; I've just never heard the term before.

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      Thanx for trying to help. By private booth I mean one that has higher walls on 3 sides so we can dine and talk with some privacy. Sometimes the booths are shaped in a semi-circle, sometimes it is a traditional face-to-face booth but with either floor to ceiling calls on 3 sides, or walls high enough to block out adjacent noise. Any suggestions?

      1. re: shh4466

        Thanks for the clarification.

        I've sat in booths in a lot of restaurants. However, I can only remember two that provided the kind of privacy you're looking for. One was at Aria, in the Fairmont hotel downtown. We had a group of six people and we had a round table that was in its own alcove with floor-to-ceiling walls - part of the main dining room, but almost like its own little room, the way you describe.

        The other is at the Italian Village complex in the Loop, and this goes back quite a few years. I've eaten recently at Vivere, but it wasn't Vivere, so it must have been one of their other two restaurants, the Village or La Cantina, and I distinctly remember there being some booths in private alcoves there. Maybe someone else here can confirm (or refute).

        As another possibility, you might want to consider reserving a private room in a restaurant. Depending on how many people you have, some places have relatively small private rooms that would be suitable for a small group. Also a lot of places are happy to provide a private room on a Sunday afternoon or evening when it might otherwise go unused. If you don't already have a specific place in mind, you could try giving the folks at Lettuce Entertain You a call to ask; they have one contact that arranges private parties at all 40-50 of their restaurants so they can advise you on which ones might be suitable and available for your date. www.lettuceparties.com

        You can also see a list showing the size of private rooms available for many of the restaurants on Opentable, some of them for as few as 20 people or less: www.opentable.com/info/banquets.aspx?m=3 Again, just because a room seats up to 15-20 people, doesn't mean you can't ask about reserving it for a group of 4-6. Many places would prefer to let you use a room that would otherwise sit empty on a Sunday night.

        Good luck.

        1. re: nsxtasy

          Thank you. I appreciate your help - it's more than I expected!!

          1. re: nsxtasy

            It is the Village (upstairs) that has the rooms but they are for parties of four and up only.

      2. McCormick & Schmick's in Old Orchard has a table in a private room off the bar, if that's what you're looking for.

        McCormick & Schmick's
        1 E Wacker Dr Lbby 3, Chicago, IL 60601

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          1. re: shh4466

            Beware - when I ate there not that long ago, it was absolutely dreadful, with awful food and awful service. And I had liked meals at their downtown Chicago location on previous occasions.

            1. re: nsxtasy

              It's neither dreadful nor great.

        1. you could go for a tatami room @ L2O

          2300 Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL 60614