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Need a restaurant somewhere between Chili's and Gibson's...

korrie May 21, 2013 04:49 PM

I have visitors coming, which includes my 15 month old niece. We want to have a "nice" dinner, but we want somewhere casual enough to bring a toddler.

I would also like to stick to Chicago-exclusive restaurants instead of chains. The location isn't super important, but I was thinking Lincoln Park, Lakeview, maybe Wicker Park, etc. Maybe Lincoln Square, but I live in that area, so it'd be nice to venture out. Probably American food would be best, but I'm open to other ideas. Thanks!

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    ferret RE: korrie May 21, 2013 06:54 PM

    My Lincoln Square go-to is Fork, but that might be too familiar for you.

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      sunbrace RE: korrie May 22, 2013 05:04 PM

      La Gondola or Melanthios in Lakeview are both family friendly. If you want something a little fancier, the Lobby at the Pen is also good. I've seen several kids playing in the area when I dined there before and no one seems to mind. Where are they coming from?

      1. nsxtasy RE: korrie May 22, 2013 06:09 PM

        Southport Grocery and Café is appropriate. I know they've only been serving breakfast and lunch, but starting June 7 they will be offering dinner too.

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          jennykrause RE: korrie Jul 7, 2013 12:21 PM

          Went to Little Goat last night and it was fabulous. American diner food with an upscale twist. Family friendly, casual. In West Loop which I think has a vibrant fun vibe for out of towners.

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