Drinks at Signature Lounge... Dinner?
I am going to be meeting some family in Chicago in a few weeks and we want to start with drinks at Signature Lounge... but would prefer not to eat there (we tried it once, and while good, didn't feel it justified the price). So I am trying to find a good place that is near Signature so we can just have a short walk from drinks to dinner, but am not too familiar with what is nearby. Does anyone have suggestions? Preferably something steak/seafood oriented, and nice but not over-the-top expensive (for example, maybe like three $$$ on a site like Yelp).
It seems like this is a pretty popular as I often meet potential clients here when I'm in Chicago on business. Here are some of the places I've been taken I've enjoyed:
Hugo Frogs - It's a seafood and steak joint and has $$$ on Yelp.
Carmine's - Italian
Cafe Spaggia - Perennial favorite on this board and much cheaper than the flagship.
We walked to all these from the Signature without much effort. If the weather is bad, you can always hail a cab.
re: Db Cooper
I second Db's suggestions. Please note that Hugo's is the sister spot to Gibson's Steakhouse. They share a kitchen, so you can have seafood at Gibson's and steaks at Hugo's. It's very Chicago! I also like RL. Depending on your party size, they offer round tables, which makes it easier for talking and celebrating. The leather chairs, presumably designed by Ralph Lauren, are amazingly soft and luxurious. Oh, and the food and martinis are good, too!
1028 N Rush St
115 E Chicago Ave