June 11, 2005
Eat Here Chicago 2005: More Eats
Metropolis welcomes you to NeoCon® with the 8th annual EAT HERE Restaurant Guide, complete with recommendations of great places to eat and drink in the Chicago area. Pick up the EAT HERE Guide at the Merchandise Mart during NeoCon® World’s Trade Fair June 13-15, 2005.
302 W. STATE ST.
Drawing from America’s rich and deep melting pot of culinary traditions, 302 West is startlingly authentic, honest, and true to the traditions that have inspired this menu.
217 W. HURON ST.
Located in the heart of the Gallery District, Allen’s offers a contemporary American menu with global influences.
23 W. HUBBARD ST.
Grab a quick lunch or satisfy late-night munchies at this back-to-basics pizza joint. Grilled subs and salads are also available.
AMERICAN GIRL PLACE
111 E. CHICAGO AVE.
Take a sip. It’s teatime. Girls and their guests can enjoy lunch, dinner, or a variety of treats in the café, see a musical revue in the theater, and visit the shops.
200 N. COLUMBUS DR.
The Fairmont Hotel recently unveiled its version of the “hip hotel” dining experience with Aria and Aria Bar. The space has been completely revamped, leaving no traces of the more formal Entre Nous, and a new separate entrance lets nonguests forget that they are actually dining in a hotel.
ARMY & LOU’S
422 E. 75TH ST.
At age 60, this Southside institution is still one of the best soul-food restaurants in the city.
1 W. WASHINGTON ST.
Located in the heart of Chicago’s Central Business District, featuring seasonal cuisine with creative interpretations of American comfort food, this stylish café serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea.
108 E. SUPERIOR ST.
Corporate high rollers and affluent out-of-towners are checking into this swank hotel spot.
535 N. MICHIGAN AVE.
A chain restaurant that doesn’t act like one—lighting is dark, and black vinyl booths with wood tables line the walls.
339 N. DEARBORN ST.
An extensive wine list; serving by the bottle or one glass at a time.
110 E. PEARSON ST.
A bustling atmosphere and a savory menu, with a Sunday brunch that’s très magnifique.
BLUE LINE CLUB CAR
1548 N. DAMEN AVE.
Decked-out like a 1950s railroad dining car and located beneath the Damen stop on the Blue Line, this snazzy spot specializes in eclectic American fare and neighborhood atmosphere.
BOB CHINN’S CRABHOUSE
315 N. LASALLE ST.
The king of crab shacks hits the heart of the city.
1729 N. HALSTED ST.
Ambitious menu and wine list from noted chef Giuseppe Scurato.
2200 N. LINCOLN AVE.
At this Lincoln Park spot, you can watch the chefs busily rolling out handmade pasta in the kitchen before it arrives, fresh and flavorful, at your table.
1954 W. NORTH AVE.
With a menu that changes seasonally, you might want to catch the grilled New York strip steak and white bean casserole with curry compound butter.
CAFÉ DES ARCHITECTES
20 E. CHESTNUT ST., SOFITEL CHICAGO WATER TOWER
Located in the lobby of the new Sofitel Chicago Water Tower is a modern French brasserie with dramatic appointments created by interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon.
3910 N. SHERIDAN AVE.
The traditional full-flavored Latin cuisine at this cozy BYOB eatery is complemented by a colorful interior and friendly service.
816 W. ARMITAGE AVE.
The ultimate indulgence in fine food and wine for a fantastic and splendid occasion.
CHARLIE’S ALE HOUSE
5308 N. CLARK ST.
Chicago’s third Charlie’s Ale House features an expanded menu with items including a “Big Fat Greek Chicken Salad,” six varieties of flatbread pizzas, and an upgraded wine list offering 20 by-the-glass choices.
CHICAGO CHOP HOUSE
60 W. ONTARIO ST.
If you are looking for a taste of Chicago, you will find it here. It’s the perfect place to recover from your day.
3423 N. SOUTHPORT AVE.
Inventive dishes from Spain, Cuba, the Philippines, Colombia, and Brazil. Also featuring Coobah’s signature tamales and sauces.
832 W. RANDOLPH.
Spicy flavors and club beats keep the groove going late into the night.
DUNLAYS ON THE SQUARE
3137 W. LOGAN BLVD.
Recently opened by the owners of Dunlays on Clark, this spot just got a face-lift: the tin ceilings and original 1930s bar have been fully restored, and new glass doors lead out to sidewalk tables. Check out the game on TVs behind the bar while noshing on classic grill items such as burgers, gourmet pizza, and maple-cured pork tenderloin.
GIBSONS STEAK HOUSE
1028 N. RUSH ST.
This megapopular restaurant has been described as both clubby and traditional, but there’s no dispute over its appeal to those craving red meat at its best.
GOLDEN BUDHA CHINESE STEAKHOUSE
312 W. RANDOLPH ST.
A large laughing Buddha statue watches over this traditional Chinese eatery in the Atrium building. The menu features Szechuan, Cantonese, Hunan, and Mandarin dishes, and includes several specialty steak options.
GREEN DOLPHIN STREET
2200 N. ASHLAND AVE.
One of the nation’s most distinctive spots for dining and entertainment, with fresh innovations on classically grounded crea- tions. Come jazz it up!
1460 W. CHICAGO AVE.
This much-anticipated new spot delivers a sleek, intimate space and an almost entirely vegetarian menu.
33 W. KINZIE ST.
Named for the late Hall of Fame baseball announcer, this steakhouse is one of the most nationally recognized restaurants in the Midwest.
1747 N. DAMEN AVE.
Sample the sweet creations of pastry chef Mindy Segal at this cool, contemporary lounge. The atmosphere is complete with muted colors, wall mirrors, hardwood floors, and sophisticated light fixtures.
HOT DOUG’S INC.
3324 N. CALIFORNIA AVE.
Bright yellow walls and cheerful, kitschy decor make this popular hot-dog eatery irresistible to sausage aficionados across the state of Illinois.
5951 N. BROADWAY ST.
Japanese and Thai entrées are presented as elegant works of art at this intimate café. Diners in the main room catch a glimpse of the sushi bar where sushi chef Montra Kaenkumjorn creates maki specialty rolls. Try the “santana,” a wild blend of tuna, scallion, tempura, masago, cilantro, jalape–o, cucumber, spicy sauce, lotus, and lime.
5203 N. CLARK ST.
If you crave Korean, you’ll get hip food and a cozy scene at Jin Ju.
1400 N. WELLS ST.
Some say it’s the best sushi in Chicago. It’s a great sharing menu!
738 N. WELLS ST.
It’s herbivore heaven at this veggie-friendly spot. The menu features a number of cooked vegan options and several raw choices that rotate daily.
20 W. KINZIE ST.
Come for comfort food in a sophisticated setting! Floor-to-ceiling windows, a granite and cherrywood bar, and a collection of vintage radios make for a cozy interior.
KITSCH’N RIVER NORTH
600 W. CHICAGO AVE.
Step back into the ’70s at this retro-themed diner made groovy with lava lamps, shag carpeting, and red formica tables. The extensive brunch, lunch, and dinner menus offer unique variations on rich, conventional comfort foods.
937 N. RUSH ST.
Suggestive of French-occupied Saigon in a gorgeous setting with a seductive second-floor bar area, the Vietnamese dinner menu is complemented by an impressive French wine list.
1466 N. ASHLAND AVE.
Lovitt, a BYOB restaurant featuring seasonal American cuisine, has designed a menu that showcases organic produce and offers plenty of variety.
1413 N. ASHLAND AVE.
Diners get more than a taste of Morocco at this exotic eatery made complete with a retail shop that sells bazaar items like handcrafted jewelry and decorative hanging lamps. The menu features authentic dishes such as tagines (stews) with lamb, chicken, or beef, and several grilled kebab options.
770 N. MILWAUKEE AVE.
Sit down inside and you could be wedged next to a Bohemian, a yuppie, an artist, a truck driver, an architect, or a public defender.
623 W. RANDOLPH ST.
A semicircular granite and Brazilian steelwood bar brings sleek elegance to this new restaurant, which takes its name from the Japanese Meiji period (1867-1912). Sample a wide variety of sushi, sashimi, and rolls while chatting with the friendly sushi chefs.
2020 W. DIVISION ST.
Sip cocktails, eat sushi, and unwind in the futuristic upstairs lounge, where a DJ spins an eclectic mix of drum ‘n’ bass.
1520 N. DAMEN AVE.
Enter into a funky retro setting that is straight out of a comic book—MOD packs a surreal visual punch. The menu offers traditional American fare upgraded with carefully selected high-end organic ingredients.
3443 N. SOUTHPORT AVE.
Located in the former Bistro Zinc space, Mystic Celt puts a modern spin on the Irish pub.
Contemporary American with Mediterranean Influences
500 N. CLARK ST.
A world-renowned wine list and foie gras with poached red currants, pineapple quince, green peppercorns, and vinegar jus that tastes as good as it sounds.
Champagne salon/caviar bar
710 N. CLARK ST.
This downtown hotspot draws beautiful people with a remarkable champagne collection and four-star meals.
800 N. MICHIGAN AVE.
With stunning views from the seventh floor, a beautiful interior, and picture-perfect food, NoMI is the showpiece of the new Park Hyatt on the Magnificent Mile.
160 N. LOOMIS ST.
A brilliant infusion of French influence ups the ante at this ultrastylish, contemporary West Loop standout.
888 S. MICHIGAN AVE.
Oysy (which means “delicious” ) is a posh restaurant designed by Chicago architect Douglas Garafalo. The creative menu offers 50 varieties of sushi and maki.
11 N. MICHIGAN AVE.
The first restaurant in the new Millennium Park is designed to maximize views of the city skyline and the adjoining skating rink (to become outdoor seating in the summer). The menu is broad and diverse and there is also the more casual Park Café, which offers a takeout menu.
PAZZO’S CUCINA ITALIANA
455 N. CITIFRONT PLAZA, NBC TOWER
New owners put their personal touch on things—the Italian-themed space has been refreshed with new murals and subtle decor changes.
PHIL & LOU’S
1124 W. MADISON ST.
Upscale comfort food in a cozy comfortable ambiance, in a hot neighborhood.
873 N. ORLEANS ST.
The chef’s small plates are beautifully presented for sharing but all too enticing—you’ll want to keep them all to yourself.
1204 N. STATE ST.
Named after the famous Manhattan watering hole, this upscale bistro attracts a more mature clientele than most of its Rush and Division neighbors.
POPS FOR CHAMPAGNE
2934 N. SHEFFIELD AVE.
Upscale but not uptight. Pops has one of the world’s largest selections of champagne and sparkling wine. Complete with a fireplace and dim lighting.
3103 N. NARRAGANSETT AVE.
Adventurous diners travel the globe at this Belmont Cragin neighborhood restaurant. The menu offers dishes from Japan, China, and Thailand, and includes several Caribbean and Cajun options.
30 S. WACKER DR.
A rich mahogany wood interior, elegant marble floors, and a spacious bar give this restaurant a sleek, contemporary appeal.
192 E. WALKTON PL.
This steakhouse is sure to impress. The classy atmosphere—with its plush berry leather booths and wooden décor—is intimate and inviting.
1023 W. LAKE ST.
Lobster pies made with flaky pastry and caramelized onions are accompanied by brick walls, an open kitchen, and high ceilings.
RUSSIAN TEA TIME
77 E. ADAMS ST.
Fine dining serves up tea too in this Midwestern answer to New York’s legendary Russian Tea Room.
SAL & CARVAO CHURRASCARIA
739 N. CLARK ST.
Satisfy that red-meat craving at this expansive, multilevel restaurant. The menu offers a prix-fixe all-you-can-eat array of roasted meats, including filet mignon, leg of lamb, and beef ribs.
1952 N. DAMEN AVE.
Low ceilings, pillowed banquettes, and rich ruby-colored walls make this inviting spot perfect for romantic evenings and leisurely dinners. Linger over coffee and enjoy!
THE SILVER PALM
768 N. MILWAUKEE AVE.
This new restaurant features seating in a rehabbed 1947 railroad dining car. The primarily American menu features dishes with railroad-inspired names.
3301 N. CLARK ST.
Pasta, pizza, and steak frites abound at this hopping Lakeview restaurant. Two walls of open windows let diners check out the scene on Clark Street, and the open layout and paper-covered tables lend a casual vibe to an upscale dining experience.
1552 N. MILWAUKEE AVE.
A fusion of Middle Eastern, North African, and Mediterranean flavors. Souk serves
both spicy foods and fruit flavored tobac-
108 W. KINZIE ST.
A bizarre combination of nightclub and candy shop. The bar’s candy-colored, Willy Wonka-inspired interior is by local designer Suhail, best known for decorating Mod.
710 N. WELLS ST.
Swank atmosphere is complemented by sophisticated, well-executed offerings at this River North nightclub.
4514 N. LINCOLN AVE.
New hip Lincoln Square spot specializing in innovative sushi with a Latin twist.
5547 N. CLARK ST.
Textured green and yellow walls and cloth-covered light fixtures create a cheerful vibe at this laid-back Andersonville sushi joint. Sushi chef Mike Ham offers a number of unique specialty rolls and combination plates, and cooked Japanese fare is also available.
464 N. HALSTED ST.
Hip bistro-chic cooking with seating in one of the city’s best gardens.
531 N. WELLS ST.
A modern, stylish space with a sultry Middle Eastern flair, Tizi Melloul offers Mediterranean cuisine that is flavorful and exotic.
5402 N. CLARK ST.
Cool! Unusual! Noisy! This unique restaurant serves creative dishes and demands attention.
4343 N. LINCOLN AVE.
It means “sunflower” in French. Come to this romantic neighborhood spot.
676 N. SAINT CLAIR ST.
Tru is known for both its impeccable cuisine and stunning sense of style.
644 N. LAKESHORE DR.
Stylish, serene, and sleek, this hotel hot-spot offers a Mediterranean menu with an abundance of appealing and creative seafood dishes.
3530 N. CLARK ST.
This could be the reggae capital of America. Monday through Saturday, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
WEST TOWN TAVERN
1329 W. CHICAGO AVE.
The neighborhood’s still rough around the edges, but West Town Tavern has sophisticated global fare in a comfortable, casual setting.
835 N. MICHIGAN AVE.
This carryout-only spot specializes in steamed buns with a wide array of savory fillings.
3257 N. HALSTED ST.
A casual place with food that is absolutely inspired and keeps the locals coming back.