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last minute trip to Chicago - looking for a french restuarant

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aprlmrtn Jun 19, 2012 10:40 AM

My partner and I will be in Chicago this weekend, but only have one night free. We both love french food. Does anyone have a recommendation for a great french restaurant, preferred non-'fusion', that will have last minute reservations available?

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  1. camusman RE: aprlmrtn Jun 19, 2012 10:46 AM

    I'd give Les Nomades a try. On such short notice, you might be stuck with something like 6 p.m. at a top-tier French restaurant.

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      masha RE: aprlmrtn Jun 19, 2012 10:47 AM

      Once upon a time, Chicago was full of good traditional French restaurants. So many of them are gone. French food is just not that popular anymore so getting a reservation at a traditional French restaurant ought not be a problem. I am partial to La Sardine in the West Loop. The same owner also has another restaurant, Le Bouchon, in Wicker Park, but I've never eaten there. Both serve bistro-type French food.

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        Db Cooper RE: masha Jun 19, 2012 02:27 PM

        + 1 on La Sardine. Traditional French bistro food done to the highest order.

      2. nsxtasy RE: aprlmrtn Jun 19, 2012 09:09 PM

        For really creative great French food, Everest is THE place in town, the last of the classic formal French restaurants (rather than upscale fusion). It features an amazing wine list and a view looking out over the city from the 40th floor of the Midwest Stock Exchange building. A quick glance at Opentable.com shows that you can still get reservations for this weekend, even for Saturday night if you're flexible about what time you eat.

        For a more casual experience with traditional French bistro cuisine, go with one of our many excellent French bistros. I second (or third) the recommendations below for La Sardine. You can check reservations on their website (they accept them there or over the phone, but not on Opentable).

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          streaksinthesky RE: aprlmrtn Jun 19, 2012 09:25 PM

          everest is fantastic...could easily be a michelin **

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