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August Long weekend restaurant suggestions

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We are staying at the Langaham August 1st long weekend and looking for lunch and dinner suggestions in the neighbourhood for four adults who love to eat. Have looked into the restaurants suggested in previous posts and while they look amazing it seems like they are far from the hotel i.e. Grace, Pond. Suggestions for Italian, Mexican, and casual fine dining featuring local ingredients close to the hotel would be fantastic.

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  1. There are a LOT of excellent, interesting, creative places within walking distance of the Langham. Here are top picks:

    - Sable for contemporary American small plates - www.sablechicago.com

    - GT Fish & Oyster for seafood small plates - www.gtoyster.com

    - Emilio's Sol y Nieve for tapas - www.emiliostapas.com

    - Frontera Grill and Topolobampo for contemporary Mexican - www.rickbayless.com/restaurants

    - TRU for high-end fine dining - www.trurestaurant.com

    - Naha for contemporary American finer dining (not as expensive as TRU) - www.naha-chicago.com

    - Purple Pig for Mediterranean small plates (go at off hours, beware horrendously long waits at normal mealtimes) - www.thepurplepigchicago.com

    - The original Pizzeria Uno and Pizzeria Due for deep-dish pizza - www.unos.com

    - Piccolo Sogno Due for Italian - www.piccolosognodue.com

    - Eataly for Italian shopping, dining, and grazing - www.eataly.com

    - David Burke's Primehouse for steaks - www.davidburkesprimehouse.com

    - Meli Café on Wells for breakfast - www.melicafe.com

    - Heaven on Seven on Wabash for breakfast - www.heavenonseven.com

    - Intelligentsia on Randolph for coffee - www.intelligentsiacoffee.com

    - Firecakes and Glazed and Infused, both on Hubbard, and Do-Rite for donuts - www.firecakesdonuts.com and www.goglazed.com and www.doritedonuts.com

    - Toni Patisserie for pastry - www.tonipatisserie.com

    - Garrett's for popcorn - www.garrettpopcorn.com

    All of the above are open for lunch as well as dinner except TRU and the places for breakfast, coffee, and snacks. Advance reservations are advisable; all of the dinner places except the Purple Pig and Uno/Due accept them, including on Opentable.com (Frontera on cityeats.com). Many of the above feature local ingredients, and the city's Green City Market is supported by many of their chefs, including Heather Terhune of Sable, Rick Bayless of Frontera, Carrie Nahabedian of Naha, and Tony Priolo of Piccolo Sogno.