romantic dining on the North side of Chicago?
I'm not familiar with Chicago at all. Will be visiting for two days and staying on the Magifiscent Mile (E. Ontario and Michigan Avenue). Can someone confirm that this is called the North Side? Should I be calling it something else?
Are there any romantic restaurants within walking distance? Ten blocks is not a problem. We will probably spend most if not all of the weekend in this part of town.
Most important is that the restaurant be quiet so we can talk without raising our voices. The quieter the better. Call me a grumpy old man, but nearly every restaurant I visit is too loud.
I know Charlie Trotter's is history, but I'll just use that as an example of a place I would probably not like. A three hour 15 course meal doesn't appeal to me. Other than that, I am open in terms of type of cuisine.
The "north side" of Chicago is anything north of Madison Avenue all the way up to the city limits. Most of that wouldn't be walking distance, but hey so what? Magnificent Mile works fine also, as does North Michigan Avenue.
Check out Naha. You don't mention price point and say you are open regarding types of food. Naha seems to fill the bill. It is quiet, elegant, and has consistently superb food.
If you are willing to hop in a taxi, probably the most romantic (and quiet) restaurant I know of is North Pond. It's located in Lincoln Park (the park for which the neighborhood was named). It is in the former Arts and Crafts warming room on a skating pond in the park and it overlooks both the city and the park. It is lovely and he food is good, although I have had dishes that I was rather unimpressed with.
While that's a geographically accurate description of "North" in Chicago, most people wouldn't refer to that area as the North Side. So if you're trying to describe where you're staying to a Chicagoan you can say "Gold Coast" or "Mag Mile" or "near the Water Tower", any of which will immediately convey the location.