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Oct 28, 2011 08:24 PM

Help!! Does anyone know of a dinner and dancing (not latin; big-band) restaurant/supper club in Chicagoland?

My husband wants to take me out for a fancy-schmancy dinner for our 2-year anniversary in November. I've always wanted to go dinner and dancing like Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman did in Casablanca, but for the life of me I can't find anyplace like that.

Any suggestions?

We live in Northwest Indiana, and preferably would like to stay close to home (as I work in Chicago and don't really want to go back after commuting all week), but if Chicago's the only option, then we'll take it.

We just both want to get dressed up for a fancy evening - and dance. (Since he's not much of a dancer, we have to stick with the slow music rather than latin...)

Any guidance/tips/leads you can give me would be greatly appreciated...

Thanks so much!


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  1. No, but on our next visit we reserved a dinner cruise with a live band leaving from Navy Pier. Check gold star for deals.

    1. The first place I'd suggest is the Willowbrook Ballroom:

      I have no idea whether it's even open anymore, but it's worth checking. I don't know where you are in NWI, but it's less than a 30-minute drive from Munster/Highland.

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      1. re: Mizer

        I've been to the Willowbrook a few years back - but I can't remember if they had dinner, too. But thanks for the suggestion - I think I was born in the wrong era. I'm only in my 20's, but I really love the 1940s-1950s glam...

        1. re: jennilyn

          Well, if dinner doesn't need to be in the same place as the dancing, then Courtright's is across the street from Willowbrook Ballroom. I seem to remember that Courtright's one of the few places awarded four stars from Phil Vettel of the Tribune...

      2. Here's more on the dinner cruise...

        For a discount price go to and look for Odyssey Cruises' Luxury Brunch and Dinner Cruises.

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        1. re: hychka

          Thanks for the suggestion. I'll definitely check it out!

        2. Well, we went on the cruise last night and, in three words I'd say, "Do not go!"

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          1. re: hychka

            Woah - What happened??!! We were gonna do that next year. Did you go on the Oddesey cruise? That is the one we were going to go on.

            (We ended up going to Roy's Hawaiian Fusion - very, very, very good food. And they did bring us a little free cheesecake for our anniversary.)

            1. re: jennilyn

              OK. You said you were looking for "a fancy-schmancy dinner" with dancing. FOOD: If you read this site, you won't care for the food as it is "banquet service," which defeats any chance of several of the offerings from being presented correctly. Rolls were good. The fruit desserts were ripe. (Read the food comments on Goldstar before you order.) WINE: The list wasn't inspiring, but had drinkable items. DRESS: Most people did NOT dress up, although there were several smashing exceptions. DANCE: The band has three players and a synthesizer. They play the first set with mostly stuff your husband can fall around the floor to and not be noticed, while the final set is current music that takes more exertion. But, he'd probably fade into the crowd with that set, too, as most dancers came out for that one. SETTING: The yacht is very nice as are the views of the skyline at night. SERVICE: The crew and servants are extremely caring, if a bit ignorant. Overall we had a good time because: we tried to dance every dance and the dances were obvious as to the step (we are enthusiastic, but poor dancers); the service tried very hard; the food was "banquet" passable; we drank too much; and, the setting is very nice. My earlier comment reflects my feelings about the food and your desire for "a fancy-schmancy dinner"...

              GOOD luck and let us know what you do.