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May 11, 2014 08:29 AM

Dining in the Loop, Chicago

We are staying at the Burnham Hotel over Memorial Day weekend. Any suggestions on chowish dining. All types, especially breakfast appreciated.

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  1. Steve, I've flagged this post to move it to Chicago. I suggest you do some reading on the Chicago board as questions from visitors about where to eat in the Loop, or the adjacent neighborhood to the north of the river, called appropriately "River North," probably comprise at least 25% of the discussions on that Board. Then tell us more about yourself and what you are looking for exactly, or identify and ask for more detail about restaurants that pique your interest based on that preliminary reading.

    1. Behind Macy's, on Wabash, in the Garland Building, on the 7th floor, is a funky Creole place, Heaven on Seven, that has interesting breakfasts such as Shrimp Creole Omelet and Bananas Foster Pecan French Toast. Not sure about holidays--check their website or call. Otherwise, Wildberry has every possible breakfast---from the Burnham walk north to Randolph then east half a block beyond Michigan Avenue.

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      1. re: Querencia

        Wabash Heaven on Seven is CASH only!

      2. Atwood, the restaurant in the Burnham, is excellent. They do a great breakfast/brunch, and dinner is worth considering too. Heaven on Seven, already mentioned, is decent for breakfast too, but be aware that they are closed Sundays and holidays. So are many other places in the Loop, so you'll want to check ahead (or make reservations) for Sunday and Monday, so you don't show up somewhere only to find that it's closed.

        Also nearby, for continental breakfast type choices, are Toni Patisserie, Intelligentsia Coffee (location on Randolph), and Do-Rite Donuts. And Garrett's Popcorn for a snack!

        For lunch, walk over to the French Market, which has some of our very best places of their type, including Pastoral for cheese and sandwiches, Vanille Patisserie for pastry, Lillie's Q for barbecue, Fumare for Montreal-style smoked meat, and Saigon Sisters for pho and banh mi. Pastoral also has a closer location on Lake Street. Note, the French Market is closed on Sundays and holidays.

        For dinner, as masha mentions, there are SO many choices! If I had to name only a handful of "do not miss" places that are within a 10-15 minute walk of the hotel, they would include Sable (small plates, contemporary American), GT Fish & Oyster (small plates, seafood), Naha (finer dining), Piccolo Sogno Due (Italian), Pizano's on Madison (deep-dish pizza), and David Burke's Primehouse (steaks).