Mother's Day - thoughts on places close to Buckingham Fountain
I am visiting the Chicago area and we are going to take mom to Buckingham Fountain (has new fountain sprays, and music and light show after dusk). I am making a nice strata and spinach salad for meal at home - but want to have another stop in the 'outing' - and close to Millenium Park/ Navy Pier/ and the Fountain. Again - I am not from here, but little brother lives here in the burbs (he is a little familiar with downtown). And I have been cooking and feeding mom too much while I have been here - so we just want something small or novel (no big desserts or anything spendy). It will be me, mom, dad and 2 younger brothers in their 20s. THANK YOU!
Good places in that area include:
Pizano's on Madison for deep-dish pizza - www.pizanoschicago.com
tesori, for Italian - www.tesorichicago.com
Mercat a la Planxa, for tapas - www.mercatchicago.com
Gage, a gastropub - www.thegagechicago.com
Henri, a French bistro - www.henrichicago.com
Park Grill, for American fare - www.parkgrillchicago.com
Heaven on Seven on Wabash, for Cajun/creole - www.heavenonseven.com
Eleven City Diner, while not the best example of local delis (then again, we don't have "best" examples of delis in Chicago) is a nice non-trendy option. Just a tad South (about 3/4 of a mile from the Fountain).
Yolk, a breakfast and sandwich spot is also good, but they close mid-afternoon. Bongo Room would be great but the waits can be long.