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Apr 28, 2013 10:42 AM

Chicago pre concert dinner recommendations

Headed to Chicago from the east coast to see the Rolling Stones at the United Center on Monday June 3. Staying at the W lakeshore. Looking for a good spot to have a pre concert early dinner (6ish). Going to Sunda the night before so something different. Thanks for any advice that can be offered.

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  1. There is nothing really close to the United Center but a wealth of restaurants to choose from in the West Loop, which is short cab ride from there. What kind of food do you have in mind?

    1. There are some great places within walking distance of your hotel, then you can hop a cab to the United Center. (Better one cab than the two you would need for dining in the West Loop!) These include:

      Sable (contemporary American small plates) -
      Quartino (Italian small plates) -
      Sayat Nova (Armenian) -
      Sol y Nieve (tapas) -
      Coco Pazzo Café (Italian) -
      Bandera (American) -

      Just make sure you make a reservation (and I'd probably make it for 5:30 or 5:45, just to play it safe and allow a little extra for contingencies).

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      1. re: nsxtasy

        Great recommendations by nsxtasy as to restaurants but, unless you want to see the opening act, I would not worry about the contingency of the restaurant running late. Both times I saw the Stones, they did not take the stage until after 9:00.

        1. re: masha

          That's certainly something you can think about. FWIW, when suggesting a 5:30/5:45 reservation, I was assuming you want to be there in time for the announced 8:00 start of the concert, figuring 75-90 minutes to eat without feeling rushed, plus 15-30 minutes for the cab over, plus 15-30 minutes for contingency, getting to your seats, etc. So you can take all of that into consideration in deciding what dinner reservation time makes the most sense.

          Incidentally, the W Lakeshore is also a short walk from the Purple Pig, a wonderful small restaurant serving small plates of Mediterranean-influenced cuisine. I did not mention it for pre-concert because they don't take reservations, and at 6 pm the wait to be seated is typically up to two hours or more. If you get a chance, you might want to stop by there some other time during your visit. There are typically no waits mid-afternoon (say, between 2 and 4) or late at night (after 10).

      2. I have lived by the UC for about 12 years now. Getting in and out of an event is crazy. This year it has been nuts. Not sure, but the explosion of bike rickshaws might be the reason.

        Just be prepared on the early side!

        BellyQ is about a nice 15 minute walk from the UC, plus just off the Ashland Pink/Green line L stop.