March 14, 2006
Looking for a Restaurant in Downtown Chicago?
Metropolis welcomes you to NeoCon® with our 9th annual Restaurant Guide, Chicago: Taste of the Town complete with recommendations of great places to eat and drink in the Chicago area. Pick up the Guide at the Merchandise Mart during NeoCon® World’s Trade Fair June 12-14, 2006.
676 Restaurant & Bar
(New American Brasserie)
Omni Chicago Hotel
676 N Michigan Ave, 4th Fl.
Art Deco accoutrements and a view of bustling Michigan Avenue.
1723 N Halsted St
Owner and chef Grant Achatz, formerly of French Laundry and the four-star Trio, offers a multi-sensory experience of progressive American cuisine using familiar elements in mind-bending new fashions.
**IN THE KNOW: Alinea takes its name from the typographical symbol of a new paragraph, signifying a new train of thought.
2300 N Lincoln Park West
A Chicago institution for over a quarter of a century; fine food is set in a stage of deep-toned woods and ultra suede banquettes.
615 W Randolph St
Thomas Schlesser–designed space featuring communal tables.
695 N Milwaukee Ave
Newcomer Avenue M features affordable, delicious cuisine; a patio dining area overlooks a magnolia tree and imported grapevines.
Army & Lou’s
422 E 75th St
At 61, this Southside institution is still one of the best soul-food restaurants in the city.
108 E Superior St
Corporate high rollers and affluent out-of-towners are checking into this swank hotel spot.
(American with a Southern flair)
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. Live jazz nightly.
339 N Dearborn St
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner for great food and wine pairings.
110 E Pearson St
A bustling atmosphere and a savory menu, with a Sunday brunch that’s très magnifique.
Blue Water Grill
520 N Dearborn St
Designed by Yabu Pushelberg to echo the rich architectural texture of Chicago.
59 W Hubbard St
Check out the zinc bar imported from France, or lounge outside at the café.
1729 N Halsted St
Ambitious menu and wine list from noted chef Giuseppe Scurato.
130 S Green St
A color scheme of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc—envisioned by owner Jason Chan—courses through this sultry space. Chicago native and executive chef Ryan Poli turns out gourmet dishes with simple, yet effective, flourishes.
**IN THE KNOW: Check out the great view of the Sears Tower from the front window.
Café des Architectes
20 E Chestnut St
Sofitel Chicago Watertower
Modern brasserie designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon.
1043 N Rush St
Huge portions and an outdoor café make this spot great for lunch or dinner.
702 W Fulton Market
An extravaganza of color and flavors.
816 W Armitage Ave
The ultimate indulgence in fine food and wine.
Chicago Chop House
60 W Ontario St
Steaks, steaks, and more steaks in a restored Victorian brownstone.
505 N Lake Shore Dr
The newly-opened space offers the flavors of Southern France, Northern Italy, and Spain.
500 S Dearborn St
Francois Geneve designed Custom House to feel like a 1950s gentlemen’s club.
David Burke’s Primehouse
(Modern American Cuisine)
616 N Rush St, at The James Hotel
Steaks are dry-aged and sired by a bull named “Prime” in Kentucky.
814 W Randolph St
Loosely translating as “from scratch,” De Cero offers upscale food in a modern Mexican atmosphere.
Fogo de Chão
661 N La Salle Dr
At this churrascaria, chefs carve skewered, slow-roasted meat tableside on request.
Fulton’s on the River
(Steaks & Seafood)
315 N LaSalle St
Stunning riverside views and prime steaks in the historic Reid Murdoch building.
312 W Randolph St
A large laughing Buddha statue watches over this traditional Chinese eatery in the Atrium building.
1460 Chicago Ave
The organic and contemporary design matches the seasonal ingredients at this veggie-focused restaurant.
2436 S Oakley Ave
The newest tapas restaurant in Little Italy serves up Basque food with Spanish techno.
33 W Kinzie St
Named for the late Hall of Fame baseball announcer.
1150 N Dearborn St
Formal Italian served in a dining room of crystal chandeliers.
600 W Chicago Ave
Two of the city’s best chefs—Gene Kato, also of Ohba, and Jun Ichikawa, also of Mirai Sushi—turn out hot and cold delicacies at this eatery located along the north branch of the Chicago River.
**IN THE KNOW: This sensuous space once housed the Chicago-based catalog retailer, Montgomery Ward.
5203 N Clark St
If you crave Korean, get hip food and a cozy scene at Jin Ju.
1400 N Wells St
Chicago’s first sushi bar.
738 N Wells St
Manny’s Coffee Shop and Deli
1141 S Jefferson St
Hardly anything has changed at Manny’s since opening in 1942, except the free wireless internet.
mk the restaurant
868 N Franklin St
Located in a refurbished paint factory, the environmentally-friendly space sports energy-efficient systems and nontoxic, local materials. The natural details of the interior mirror mk’s commitment to farm fresh, seasonal ingredients.
**IN THE KNOW: The food at mk is primarily sourced from local or sustainable farms, and the restaurant supports Green City Market—Chicago’s only organic sustainable market.
945 W Fulton Market
Chef Homaro Cantu’s futuristic eatery.
(Contemporary American with Mediterranean influences)
500 N Clark St
World-renowned wine list and foie gras.
800 N Michigan Ave
Stunning views from Park Hyatt’s 7th floor and a beautiful interior by Tony Chi.
75 W Harrison St
888 S Michigan Ave
Oysy means “delicious.”
11 N Michigan Ave
The first restaurant in the new Millennium Park.
192 E Walton Pl
The plush berry leather booths are as inviting as the steaks.
1023 W Lake St
Don’t miss the lobster pies.
Sal & Carvao
739 N Clark St
Savory cuts of meat are presented on swords and carved tableside.
1350 W Randolph St
The minimal, earth-toned surroundings of this sleek, contemporary restaurant feature a bamboo-encased dining room and exposed brick and steel details. Executive chef Brad Philips offers entrees and desserts, as well as small plates—perfect for dining at the bar
**IN THE KNOW: The multi-level building that houses Saltaus was once home to a corned beef factory.
Shaw’s Crab House
21 E Hubbard St
A 1940s-style seafood house and oyster bar.
3301 N Clark St
Pasta, pizza, and steak frites.
504 N Wells St
Originating in New York—now with two Manhattan locations, a third in Miami Beach, and another in the works for Tel Aviv—SUSHISAMBA fuses the energy, food and culture of Japan, Peru, and Brazil, inspired by Japanese emigrants who traveled to South America in the early 20th century.
**IN THE KNOW: Hit the year-round rooftop lounge for sambatinis, small plates, and city views.
4514 N Lincoln Ave
Innovative sushi with a Latin twist.
464 N Halsted St
Hip bistro-chic cooking with seating in one of the city’s best gardens.
155 E Ontario
A modern day supper club in grand art deco style.
1001 W Washington Blvd
835 N Michigan Ave
This carryout spot specializes in steamed buns with a wide array of savory fillings.
1307 S Wabash Ave
Tableside guacamole and more than 50 tequilas.