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Restaurant for lunch?

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Restaurant for lunch?

We are planning to host a lunch for about 9 people (including a 3 -year old) to celebrate a birthday and a wedding. Most of us are from out of town - and are not terribly familiar with Chicago. We are staying in the downtown area and would like to find a place within walking distance. Any suggestions?

Thanks -

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1. Re: Restaurant for lunch?

The downtown area is a large area and one part is not necessarily within easy walking distance to another part. What area of downtown will you be in? Is price an issue? How casual or fancy do you want it to be? Is a chain place okay (e.g. Maggiano's Little Italy) or do you want something unique? Any particular types of foods that are in or out?

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2. Re: Restaurant for lunch?

Carmines on Rush

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3. Re: Restaurant for lunch?

There are way too many options without being more specific as to your requirements. Take a look at the restaurant listings at www.chicagoreader.com and www.chicagomag.com - you can read reviews and search by area, cuisine, budget etc. Feel free to be more specific and we'll offer suggestions.

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4. Re: Restaurant for lunch?

Without knowing anything about where you're staying, budget, food likes and dislikes, etc.: Take a look at Rosebud Trattoria. I hosted a dinner there during a family reunion last summer, and I was very happy with it. They have a small private room that is their wine room, and it worked out very well for us. See http://www.rosebudrestaurants.com/rest9.php

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5. Re: Restaurant for lunch?

Walking distance fromm Where? What kind of food, what priceline.. more info please.

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6. Re: Restaurant for lunch?

Sorry for not being more specific - we will be staying at the Allerton -701 N. Michigan - and given that there will be a 3-year old with us- casual would be better.

Thanks again.

ponstad

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7. Re: Restaurant for lunch?

The casual Grand Lux Cafe is very close to your hotel. It is perfect for a three year old and has a large menu. If you have ever been to The Cheesecake Factory, then you will like it.

I like Bandera too, and was just there about a month ago. A three year old would be fine there, but I don't know what the offerings are for a child. It is walking distance also, but the Grand Lux is closer. Two totally different restaurants, both good.

By the way, you are going to love the location of the Allerton! We stayed there about a year and a half ago. Service was top notch too!

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8. Re: Restaurant for lunch?

Bistro 110 could work, also. It's on the noisy side, and office-casual.

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9. Re: Restaurant for lunch?

Bistro 110 is closing at the beginning of August, fyi, in case you're coming after that. Grand Lux is a good suggestion -- huge menu -- and it's popular. There are a ton of other restaurants in that area. In the Allerton's shadow that I'd recommend if you're interested in the cuisines are Gino's East pizza (Chicago deep dish), Bice Grill (really good Italian), and Heaven on Seven (New Orleans cajun).

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10. Re: Restaurant for lunch?

www.leye.com/restaurants/directory/mity-nice