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Restaurant recommendation between O'Hare and Sofitel Water Tower?

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Hello! We have friends who are picking us up from O'Hare Friday night and giving us a ride to our hotel. We'd like to take them out for dinner for their troubles but don't want to inconvenience them further by going too far out of their way... Any ideas for good restaurants along the way, or near our hotel?

Thanks, in advance!

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  1. Not far from the Kennedy Expressway along your route, nicer places include Lula, Jam, and Bonsoiree. There are many, many options within a 5-10 minute walk of your hotel; the best places within a couple of blocks include Cafe des Architectes (contemporary American, in the Sofitel itself), Bistronomic (French bistro), Balsan (contemporary Mediterranean/American), and Le Colonial (upscale Vietnamese).

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    Bonsoiree
    2728 W Armitage, Chicago, IL 60647

    Lula Cafe
    2537 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647

    Cafe des Architectes
    20 East Chestnut Street, Chicago, IL 60611

    Le Colonial
    937 Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611

    Jam Restaurant
    3059 W. Logan Blvd., Chicago, IL

    Bistronomic
    840 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

    Balsan
    11 E Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610

    1. To nsxtasy's list of places near the Sofitel I'd add Bistrot Zinc on State, a 10 minute walk north: good liver and onions (what? You don't like liver?) and the best frits in town. Bistrot 110, on Pearson near Michigan, can be good, too. But literally dozens of places in that neighborhood. Shaw's Crabhouse may be a little too far away for a walk at this time of year, but they have valet parking, and my wife and I usually get in to the oyster bar even on Friday evenings. If I were you, I'd just start walking north on Rush, then State, until you find something you like, and if you get as far as Bistrot Zinc, stop there.

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      1. re: tlackner

        >> Bistrot 110, on Pearson near Michigan, can be good, too.

        Bistro 110 closed a few months back. Bar Toma opened this past week in that location, as an inexpensive wine bar and Italian small plates restaurant from Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia.

        All of the places I listed above are all within about two blocks of the Sofitel (as is Bar Toma). There are many, many more great places if you're willing to expand the radius from there.

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        Bar Toma
        110 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611