Eating alone in Grant Park
I'm going to be spending several days in the Grant Park areanext week and will need to have dinner alone two or three nights. What are some good places where a middle-aged female will be comfortable having a fairly early dinner on her own? I don't mind traveling a bit but won't be up for half-hour cab or train rides.
There are a couple of spots right across from Grant Park (it's a pretty big park) The Gage and Henri. They're under the same ownership, The Gage is a gastropub and Henri is French. Both are quite good. Mercat a la Planxa, a great Tapas restaurant, is a few blocks South. You should be fine dining alone at any of these.
Seconding ferret! The Gage and Henri are definitely the way to go - The Gage tends to be pretty loud, so I gravitate towards Henri. The bartenders there are very friendly if you want to sit at the bar - plus they have a great cocktail list.
You didn't say what you want to spend, but if you want something a little lower-key and less expensive, there is Ruby of Siam (Thai) at 170 W. Washington.