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Sep 20, 2011 09:37 AM

Need Dinner Recommendation near Sears (Willis) Tower

I am arranging a dinner for myself and 8 associates. We are meeting in an office building on W. Adams that is around the corner from Sears Tower. I need suggestions for a moderately priced restaurant that is preferably in walking distance, however, I am open to locations that are a short cab ride away.

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  1. Greek Town is a short walk west of the Sears Tower -- about 1/2 mile. There are all sorts of moderately priced restaurants there. My favorite is Greek Islands.

    1. If you are willing to take a short cab ride (5 minutes in just outside sw corner of Loop) and want FABULOUS food and stunning atmosphere (are you trying to imress?) go to Carnivale - Latin American, Local/Organic, Nuevo Latino
      702 W Fulton Market, Chicago IL 60661 (At N Union Ave) (312) 850-5005
      Average dinner 18-$25. Greek town is good too as masha suggested-Carnivale outstanding!

      702 West Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60661

      1. The Florentine, in the new JW Marriott hotel, is one of our newest restaurants, serving contemporary Italian cuisine under the capable hands of Todd Stein. It's only about a block from Sears Tower.

        The Florentine
        151 W. Adams, Chicago, IL 60601

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        1. re: nsxtasy

          I've not eaten at Florentine but, last time I looked at their menu online, it was anything but "moderately priced," which is what the OP asked for.

          1. re: masha

            I disagree 100 percent. To me, the menus at the Florentine are what is typical for a "moderately priced" restaurant in Chicago. As noted in the sample menus on the Florentine's website, lunch pizzas and sandwiches are in the low to mid teens, and dinner entrees mostly in the mid to upper twenties, which are similar to those at the earlier recommendation of Carnivale above. I consider that to be "moderately priced". Of course, different people can have different definitions of the phrase "moderately priced". For some, it means a restaurant that is priced less than the haute cuisine places like Alinea and TRU and perhaps less than the more expensive casual fine dining restaurants like Naha and Topolobampo, in which case the Florentine meets either criterion. For others, it could mean nothing more expensive than cheap eats like hot dogs or pizza or ethnic food, in which case the Florentine may be more than desired. Without any specification of an actual price level, there's no way of knowing what the OP meant. But it would be reasonable to assume the OP can look at the website menus at the Florentine and any other recommended restaurants, and decide for himself/herself whether or not those prices meet the desired target budget.