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River North and Lakeview recommendations (with big kids)

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My 13 year old daughter and I are taking her 19 year old brother back to school over Labor Day weekend. Son lives in Lakeview near the Music Box Theatre (we would have to park the car somewhere). Daughter and I are staying in River North (with parking). I hope to try Lou Minalti's one night but need dinner recommendations for the other 2 nights - preferably River North-ish (we will walk or hop the L for a quick ride). Also, lunch recommendations around Lakeview would be great. I'm going to be in IKEA furniture assembly hell during the days so good food would help.

Daughter isn't picky but isn't adventurous either.

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  1. Ok. So, I found the "dinner with a child" thread which has some nice recommendations in the River North-ish area which will work for us (some we've been to already).

    Bring on the Lakeview recommendations or other River North-ish recommendations. Thanks!

    1. >> My 13 year old daughter and I are taking her 19 year old brother back to school over Labor Day weekend. Son lives in Lakeview near the Music Box Theatre (we would have to park the car somewhere).

      I know you saw my recommendation for Deleece in the other topic (at www.chow.com/topics/982260#9059931 ). Deleece is right next door to the Music Box, and the entrance to Deleece is through the theater lobby.

      Parking in that area is sometimes difficult. Read the signs carefully. In general, the through streets (such as Southport, which the theater/restaurant are on) have "pay boxes" which have replaced meters; you'll find one or two boxes on each block into which you put money and retrieve a receipt to leave on your dashboard. The pay boxes tell what hours they are enforced. The side streets are mostly permit parking, requiring either a permanent or guest permit to park there; those should be marked with signs as to the hours they are enforced.

      Another restaurant I like in Lakeview is Mixteco Grill, for contemporary Mexican cuisine. Dinner all week and brunch on Saturday/Sunday.

      >> Daughter and I are staying in River North (with parking). I hope to try Lou Minalti's one night but need dinner recommendations for the other 2 nights - preferably River North-ish (we will walk or hop the L for a quick ride).

      There are lots of places in River North. Two of my favorites are Sable (contemporary American small plates) and GT Fish & Oyster (seafood small plates). And you can spend lots of time in Eataly, for Italian shopping, dining, and grazing.

      >> Also, lunch recommendations around Lakeview would be great.

      Deleece is open for lunch all week. Mixteco Grill does brunch, only on weekends. I also like Café Ba-Ba-Reeba, the tapas restaurant in Lincoln Park, just south of Lakeview; they do lunch/brunch Fridays through Sundays. Nookies Tree is in Lakeview and serves lunch all week. Oh and don't miss Southport Grocery and Café! It's a café/restaurant (not just a grocery store), and in fact it's one of our very best places for brunch. They're open for lunch all week; on weekends (like most of our best brunch places) you may have to wait 30+ minutes to be seated if you go between roughly 9:30 and 1:00, but that shouldn't be a problem on weekdays. It's just a couple of blocks south of the Music Box.

      www.deleece.com
      www.mixtecogrill.com
      www.sablechicago.com
      www.gtoyster.com
      www.eataly.com
      www.cafebabareeba.com
      www.nookieschicago.com
      www.southportgrocery.com

      1. Not really a lunch place, but do try to visit Jeni's Ice Cream just under the Brown Line in Lakeview. It's very close to the Music Box.

        For lunch, besides Deleece, you can go further north to The Roost which serves fried chicken(cooked to order) on Irving Park.

        1. Farmhouse in River North is great. And if you're in IKEA furniture assembly hell and want something quick for lunch (or even takeaway)--but good--definitely get a sandwich from Panes on Sheffield (cash only). So good. And treat yourself to frozen custard from Scooter's at some point over the weekend!

          1. Thank you nsxtasy, sunbrace, and boston1215 for the recommendations. I appreciate it!

            1. I have had good success taking kids that age to Reza's--Persian, which means beautifully grilled anything, on kebabs, with a big pile of perfect rice. Beef, chicken, lamb, shrimp, salmon---always done nicely. 432 W Ontario, between Orleans and Kingsbury.

              Also, Carson's, Ontario & Wells, has good barbecue.