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May 8, 2013 03:21 PM

Nr Union Station

Suggestions for nice-ish restaurant near Union Station in Chicago - for two 80+ ladies traveling through on Amtrak? Thanks.

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  1. It would also be helpful to know when (date/time frame) because weekend schedules may differ from weekdays for certain restaurants. Are you open to a short cab ride? Are you planning on walking? What would be a reasonable walking distance for two 80+ ladies?

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    1. re: ferret

      If possible, a walk of no more than two blocks. Time would be this Sunday (I realize, Mother's Day) at 6:30p. If impossible within two blocks, 5-10 minute cab ride. Thanks again.

    2. Unfortunately, there isn't much in the immediate vicinity of Union Station, and what little there is, is mostly closed on Sundays. Fortunately, a 5-10 minute cab ride can take you into the Loop or River North, our prime restaurant areas. The Loop has two good Italian restaurants open Sundays:

      tesori -
      The Florentine -

      Also excellent for contemporary American cuisine is:

      Atwood Café -

      In River West is another excellent choice for Italian:

      Piccolo Sogno -

      Also within cabbing distance are our excellent "small plates" restaurants; the first two are in River North, the third is in the Loop:

      Sable (contemporary American) -
      GT Fish & Oyster (seafood) -
      Mercat a la Planxa (tapas) -

      I strongly recommend making a reservation in advance, wherever you decide to go. All of the above restaurants accept reservations on (as well as over the phone, of course).

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      1. re: nsxtasy

        Many thanks. First time I've tried this - your suggestions are much appreciated.

        1. re: MateoG

          I just updated the above post with specific recommendations, so make sure you're reading the latest version. Hopefully you'll find something there of interest!

          1. re: nsxtasy

            Thanks again. This is all on behalf of my elderly mother and a friend - they regrettably did not realize that Sunday is Mother's Day. All restaurants contacted are, of course, long booked.

            1. re: MateoG

              Union Station is very close to Greek Town (about 4 blocks). Greek Islands and Santorini are good choices.

              1. re: MateoG

                >> All restaurants contacted are, of course, long booked.

                I'm guessing that you haven't tried the ones mentioned above, because most of them still have openings. ( is an easy way to see where there's availability for a given date and time.) Restaurants mentioned above that still have tables available for two this Sunday at 6:30 pm include the Florentine, Atwood Café, Sable, and Mercat a la Planxa.

                1. re: nsxtasy

                  Nextasy, I found a table last night. Many thanks again. Mateo

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