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Lunch in quintessential Chicago architectural environment

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Lunch in quintessential Chicago architectural environment

My husband and I will be in Chicago in early Jan. for a few days. What are some examples of places where we can have lunch and take in some great Chicago architecture as part of the experience? We like a lot of different types of food. Staying at the Omni but can take a cab or the train.

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1. Re: Lunch in quintessential Chicago architectural environment

http://www.terzopianochicago.com/

http://www2.mcachicago.org/pucks

http://hyatt.com/gallery/nomi/

http://www.sixteenchicago.com/

http://www.northpondrestaurant.com/

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2. Re: Lunch in quintessential Chicago architectural environment

The Signature Room at the top of the Hancock building. Better food than most top-of-the-skyscraper (or space needle) restaurants and the dynamite view at the same time.

The Coq D'Oro and Cape Cod a Room at the Drake Hotel.

Miller's Pub on S. Wabash in the Loop.

Club Lago on Orleans st. for Italian. The Green Door Tavern is across the st.

Gene & Georgetti for Steaks.

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3. Re: Lunch in quintessential Chicago architectural environment

I think it depends on if you want to LOOK at architecture while eating or BE in architecture while eating. Dave has several Looking places while SS has several BEING places. Note the cape cod room is not open for lunch. For drinks and jazz, the Green Mill is another BEING place. Al Capone drank there.

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4. Re: Lunch in quintessential Chicago architectural environment

The Atwood Café at the Hotel Burnham (aka Reliance Building) would be a foremost contender IN an architecturally-significant building. I would highly recommend it for that reason, if the OP is versed in the field of architecture. The dining experience, though, can be uneven.

However, I think that the OP only wants a place with a view. In that instance, the tourists go to the Signature Room in the John Hancock building. Again, food is only so-so. Sixteen in the Trump would be a great option for a city view with better cuisine. Of course, you are paying for the views.

North Pond used to be an old ice-skating warming station. It has (usually) very good cuisine and I think that the view is marvelous. However, I do believe it is only open for brunch this time of year.

Edited: 26 December 2013, 00:17
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5. Re: Lunch in quintessential Chicago architectural environment

A correction: Re: North Pond = SUNDAY brunch.

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6. Re: Lunch in quintessential Chicago architectural environment

I'm so excited to check out your suggestions! Especially Terzo Piano since we will be able to go there on a Thurs. night. (Art museum restaurants -- why didn't I think of that??) Thank you!

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7. Re: Lunch in quintessential Chicago architectural environment

Make reservations soon for Terzo Piano. I imagine it will fill up on a Thursday night.

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8. Re: Lunch in quintessential Chicago architectural environment

View from Hancock bldg. is something we have never done before and is perfect for something to do in the cold weather.

#3 you are so right about looking vs. being AND the reason we are visiting is to hear Kurt Ellington at the Green Mill!

#4, 5 What inspired me to ask this question was the experience I had when stumbling upon the Atwood Cafe a couple of years ago. I had heard of North Pond before this time our timing is such that we will be able to actually go there.

Thanks all!

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9. Re: Lunch in quintessential Chicago architectural environment

Kurt Elling ($&@!) auto correct

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10. Re: Lunch in quintessential Chicago architectural environment

the river view from the Chicago Cut Steakhouse is pretty amazing.