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Jun 7, 2012 12:31 PM

Lunch in the west loop/Wacker Drive area


I coming in to Chi-town, my former home, next week. I'm joining some long-time friends for lunch. I always cringe when they recommend a restaurant. Their tastes are so pedestrian. Are there any restaurtants in the Wacker/Madison area that would satisfy a foodie and two meet-and-potatoes folks?


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  1. Budget? Table service? Quick meal or leisurely lunch? (You're somewhat limited if you're looking for a nice sit-down place in the immediate vicinity, options open up if you're willing to walk a little).

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    1. re: ferret

      neither budget nor expensive. I suggested Blackbird and that was nixed.....

    2. It's a few blocks away from Wacker & Madison and might be too exotic for your friends, but I really like Araon for lunch, which is on Adams just west of LaSalle. Here is the lunch menu http://www.ara-on.com/pdf/lunch.pdf There are salads and somewhat basic offerings that may satisfy your friends, with plenty of more creative options for you. At lunch, I usually go with one of the Bento Boxes.

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      1. re: masha

        that looks like a very nice pick.....thanks

        1. re: ichabod777

          The Florentine across the street in the JW Marriott is also worth a look. It's one of my go-to's for a nice lunch.

      2. Possibly too far West, but Publican Quality Meats is great.

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        1. re: danimalarkey

          that looks great! I have been to the Publican several times but did not know about this offshoot. my friends would starve. I once took them to the Purple Pig, and they were simply aghast. So, I go to the Purple Pig by myself. thanks. you guys are coming up with some great ideas!