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Ohio Pork Oct 16, 2011 01:11 PM

We are going to see a concert at the Chicago Theater in two weeks. Looking for a place in the general vicinity to grab dinner and drinks before the show. Having said that, we are willing to jump in a cab if need be.

We would like a casual, fun place with good food in a "bar-ish" atmosphere. We will be drinking mass amounts of alcohol, so good beer/cocktail menu is preferred.

My initial thought was The Publican.

We are also looking for a casual place for a more formal dinner on Sunday (as compared to standing at a bar table at the Publican sucking down oysters and pork rinds). $100 per person max.

I was thinking Naha initially. Any place in the city is fine...but nothing more formal than Naha.

Thanks in advance!

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Naha
500 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610

  1. nsxtasy Oct 16, 2011 01:20 PM

    >> We would like a casual, fun place with good food in a "bar-ish" atmosphere. We will be drinking mass amounts of alcohol, so good beer/cocktail menu is preferred.
    >> My initial thought was The Publican.

    The Publican would work, but it's a bit far if you're looking for something within close walking distance to the Chicago Theater; it's about a mile away. Have you considered the Gage? They have quite a beer selection, and the atmosphere is typical gastropub. Another option is Sable, with its amazing cocktail menu. Both are about a five-minute walk from the theater.

    >> We are also looking for a casual place for a more formal dinner on Sunday (as compared to standing at a bar table at the Publican sucking down oysters and pork rinds). $100 per person max.
    >> I was thinking Naha initially. Any place in the city is fine...but nothing more formal than Naha.

    Naha definitely will NOT work, because it's closed on Sundays. :) An obvious substitute would be Graham Elliot. Does this one need to be right near the Chicago Theater also? If so, you could also consider Atwood Cafe and the Florentine; if not, I'd also add Piccolo Sogno and MK, both of which are about a mile away. And there are three more terrific restaurants 2-3 miles north of the Loop: Boka, North Pond, and Perennial Virant.

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    Boka
    1729 North Halsted, Chicago, IL 60614

    North Pond
    2610 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614

    The Gage
    24 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

    The Publican
    837 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

    Perennial Virant
    1800 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60614

    Atwood Cafe
    1 West Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602

    Piccolo Sogno
    464 N Halsted, Chicago, IL 60622

    Naha
    500 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610

    Graham Elliot
    217 W. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60654

    Sable Kitchen & Bar
    505 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60654

    The Florentine
    151 W. Adams, Chicago, IL 60601

    MK
    868 N. Franklin, Chicago, IL 60610

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      Mobiusring Oct 16, 2011 04:47 PM

      >>We would like a casual, fun place with good food in a "bar-ish" atmosphere. We will be drinking mass amounts of alcohol, so good beer/cocktail menu is preferred.<<

      If you will be drinking massive amounts of alcohol, I don't think any restaurant charging more than $20 pph for food will fit your (or fellow diner's) needs. More importantly, hopefully you will have accomodations in the City and take a cab to and from the bar/theater.

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        lbs Oct 17, 2011 02:41 PM

        I love the Publican if you are willibg to cab back and forth. I would also suggest Bin 36 and Catch 35 as well for good drinks/food closer by to C.T. Completely down a notch dress wise would be Millers Pub on Wabash. Great burgers and nice beer list. Plus I like the dirty martinis.

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        Catch 35
        35 W. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60601

        Bin 36
        339 N. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60610

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