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Oct 8, 2012 12:28 PM

Help! Trapped in the Conrad!

One night in Chicago -- tonight -- and desperate for the best restaurant within walking distance of the Conrad ...

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  1. The Conrad is in the heart of River North, just off the Magnficent Mile -- i.e., the neighborhood that has probably the highest density of good restaurants in Chicago. You need to define better what you mean by the "best" restaurant and any other relevant criteria (e.g., do you want a reservation, care that you might have to wait 2 hours for a table, etc.) Or search "River North" or "Magnificent Mile" and you will find plenty of options.

    1. Mercat a la Planxa would be my first choice. It's Jose Garce's tapas restaurant in the Blackstone hotel

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      1. re: chicgail

        I'm pretty sure he means the Conrad and not the Conrad Hilton.

        1. re: chicgail

          Sorry for the mis-steer. I remembered the Conrad Hilton as the one in the South Loop. Carry on.

          1. re: chicgail

            Hilton's boutique-y hotel line is called simply "Conrad," much like Starwood/Westin has the "W" line.

        2. From Chicgal's reply I just realized that there is an ambiguity in your request. Are you staying at the Conrad Chicago, on Rush St. north of the River, or the Conrad Hilton & Towers on Michigan Ave. across from Grant Park in the South Loop? I'd assumed the former and she the latter.

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          1. re: masha

            The Hilton hotel at 720 South Michigan Avenue in the South Loop is now called the Hilton Chicago, according to the Hilton website. I too would assume the query is about the Conrad Chicago at 521 North Rush Street in River North.

          2. If you're at the Rush St. Conrad, consider Volare or Quartino.

            1. I would head to avec. Lots of Mediterranean-ish small plates (with some larger plates, too) with a solid wine list. It's small and doesn't accept reservations, but if you're a solo diner, I don't think it would be too hard to grab a seat at the bar. Don't hesitate to ask about half-portions on any menu items, too.