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120 E Delaware Pl, Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago, IL 60611 312-799-4900

Description: MAGNIFICENT MILE. Paying homage to a family of plants and the word that gave us Chicago, Allium is a casual dining option steps off the Magnificent Mile. The menu focuses on appetizing American comfort food with many of the ingredients sourced from local farms, and what many critics hail as the best hot dog in the entire city. And it's not your ordinary dog; everything on this dog is homemade, even the bun.
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Aria Restaurant & Bar

200 N Columbus Dr, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL 60601 312-444-9494

Description: DOWNTOWN. This hotel dining room has made quite a name for itself even outside of the property's confines. It draws rave reviews from business folks and other locals who can't get enough of the kitchen's Continental-Asian fusion fare. Flatbread pizzas and pan-roasted Osaka black cod are notable, along with masaman-style braised veal shank and chestnut-crusted filet of striped bass. The dining room is nicely accented with mosaics and tapestries, and a sushi-and-sake lounge promotes relaxed nibbling.
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Atwood Café

1 W Washington St, Hotel Burnham, Chicago, IL 60602 312-368-1900

Description: THE LOOP. With only 70 seats, tables at this intimate restaurant are in high demand. Come for breakfast to avoid the crowds and to start your day off right. Eggs arrive in a variety of ways ­ poached in a benedict, served with home fries, or scrambled in a savory breakfast panini, for instance. A sweet banana pecan waffle, brioche french toast, and warm oatmeal rich with fruit and cinnamon provide alternatives. Fresh orange juice and Illy coffee and espresso are perfect liquid accompaniments.
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Bijan's Bistro

633 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610 312-202-1904

Description: RIVER NORTH. Serving both food and drink until the wee hours, this New American bistro has become a popular spot, especially with the late-night bunch. Inside, dark woods, copper tiles, and faux antique light fixtures establish a comfy setting, and the menu has plenty of variety, thanks to appetizers, specialty salads, soups, sandwiches, and poultry, beef, and seafood entrees. Try barbecued chicken or a fresh-ground burger with hand-cut fries to bolster your energy.
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Bin 36

339 N Dearborn St, Marina City, Chicago, IL 60610 312-755-9463

Description: RIVER NORTH. Fine food and wines highlight the appeal of this city gem, a favorite of sophisticates. As you scan the fabulous New American menu, notice that each dish is paired with the staff's wine recommendations. At lunch, patrons are wowed by the likes of Niçoise salad with seared ahi tuna and sherry-walnut vinaigrette, and pesto fettuccine with Gulf shrimp. Plan on a leisurely meal ­ the wine list offers many excuses for enjoyment and edification. N.B. A quick lunch option helps folks on the clock.
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Café des Architectes

20 E Chestnut St, Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, Chicago, IL 60611 312-324-4063

Description: MAGNIFICENT MILE. Enjoy contemporary French cuisine rooted in fresh and local ingredients at Cafe des Architectes. Executive Chef Greg Biggers utilizes sustainable and organic products whenever possible to create a menu that changes seasonally. Executive Pastry Chef Meg Galus shares this vision, carefully selecting the best ingredients for her elegant and refined desserts. This stylish restaurant offers dramatic interiors by Pierre-Yves Rochon, featuring vibrant colors, sprawling banquettes and dynamic lighting fixtures. This bright and sophisticated room serves as the perfect backdrop for the inventive cuisine, top-notch service and the savoir faire that makes Café des Architectes a top dining destination in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood. Chicago magazine, 3 stars, 2011, Crain's Chicago Business, "Best Restaurants for Business, 2010"
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Caliterra Bar & Grille

633 N St. Clair St, Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL 60611 312-274-4444

Description: STREETERVILLE. Caliterra's tasty menu adds Californian style to Italian standards. The seasonal menu changes each month, and on Sundays, the kitchen is abuzz preparing for an over-the-top Sunday brunch. Plus, live jazz can be heard in the bar. If you're feeling indulgent, dine at the chef's table, which seats 18 amid racks of wine bottles. The full bar serves draft and bottled beers, Scotch, bourbon, and over 100 wine varieties.
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Deca Restaurant + Bar

160 E Pearson St, at Water Tower Place, 12th floor, Chicago, IL 60611 312-573-5160

Description: MAGNIFICENT MILE. This elegant, welcoming restaurant offers an inviting art-deco interior and a lovely view of Chicago's skyscrapers and the hotel fountain. As such, it's a charming spot throughout the day and night. The brasserie-inspired menu features an abundance of soups, salads, and appetizers; main courses include the Berkshire pork chop with buttered spaetzle, beef bourguignon and soft shell crab.
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Ed Debevic's

640 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654 312-664-1707

Description: RIVER NORTH. A must for Chicago first-timers, Ed's is a true Windy City treasure. Reminiscent of a '50s-style roadside diner, the restaurant's retro decor and fun music are always a big hit with guests. After all, this is the place that once sold "Ed's Burp" tee-shirts! While the menu includes homestyle favorites like Ed's Mom's Meatloaf, chicken pot pie, and chicken-fried steak, regulars know that burgers are king here. Go for the always-reliable Ed's Blue Moon Burger or the Route 66, either of which tastes better with a bottle of Ed's Beer. And don't worry: As always, the flurry of insults is free!
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Heaven on Seven

111 N Wabash Ave, Garland Bldg, 7th fl, Chicago, IL 60602 312-263-6443

Description: THE LOOP. For Cajun and Creole favorites, you can't miss Heaven on Seven. Thanks to a location in a popular shopping area, it entices many locals to stop in for some of the zestiest gumbo this side of the Mason-Dixon. Or, try red beans and rice, jambalaya, or a catfish po' boy. All the Louisiana-style classics are boldly flavored and expertly prepared. Choose your poison from the wall of fiery hot sauces if you're feeling brave. The huge menu also offers basic lunchtime fare like deli sandwiches and burgers if you aren't in the mood for spice. Either way, the place is full of color and bustling with activity. Cash only.
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Intelligentsia Coffee Roasters

53 W Jackson, Monadnock Building, Chicago, IL 60604 312-253-0594

Description: THE LOOP. This street-side shop, winner of Chicago Magazine's "Best of Chicago," enjoys a loyal local following thanks to its expert gourmet coffee blends. Aside from tasting heavenly, Intelligentsia's coffees bear such colorful names as Black Cat and Librarian's Blend (it's decaf!). Here, you'll find everybody from wannabes and artists to local business types sipping fresh-brewed coffee, perusing the daily news, and enjoying a pastry or two.
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800 N Michigan Ave, Park Hyatt Chicago, 7th floor, Chicago, IL 60610 312-239-4030

Description: MAGNIFICENT MILE. This restaurant offers an impressive view of the city as well as an upscale, elegant environment. Start off with peeky toe crab salad or a scallop tart. Next, order monkfish brochette, wild striped bass, or even the always-enticing veal strip loin. A full bar offers a vast array of wines and liquors. For added glamour, experience the romance of outdoor terrace dining by candlelight when the weather's pleasant.
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1746 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60614 312-337-2454

Description: OLD TOWN. This all-day breakfast favorite serves diner classics to a diverse crowd of business folks during the day and to young folks at night. Pancakes, eggs, omelets, and waffles are flawless, and the coffee is always fresh and hot. Several options accommodate non-breakfast eaters during the day, but breakfast items are the most appealing.
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Original Pancake House

22 E Bellevue Pl, Chicago, IL 60611 312-642-7917

Description: SOUTH SIDE. This old-school local chain has a faithful following of devotees who love, as the name indicates, pancakes. The friendly, casual restaurant serves them up many ways, and you'll find Dutch baby pancakes, apple pancakes, and a variety of waffles. Omelets and crepes are also available. The eatery fills up quickly each morning ­ if you can, snag a more private window table that looks out onto Belleview Place.
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Pizzeria Ora

545 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL 60610 312-464-1872

Description: RIVER NORTH. Deep dish pizzas topped with all manner of goodies have found a niche in this Downtown fave, where regulars ask, \"How soon until my pizza's ready?\" And who wouldn't with toppings such as Canadian bacon, chicken, mushrooms, feta cheese, pesto, pineapple, salsa, and more? Along with pizza, the menu also offers salads, sandwiches, and a host of dinner entrees including shrimp, salmon, and chicken dishes.
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Pump Room

1301 N State Pkwy, PUBLIC Chicago Hotel, Chicago, IL 60610 312-229-6740

Description: GOLD COAST. The Pump Room is one of this city's legendary restaurants. Dine on fine Limoges china under the sparkle of crystal chandeliers and enjoy the contemporary American cuisine turned out by the Pump Room's award-winning chef.
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The Grill on the Alley

909 N Michigan Ave, Westin Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 312-255-9009

Description: MAGNIFICENT MILE. Designed in the style of the famous Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills, this restaurant is a favorite with the Michigan Avenue crowd, who stop in for quick bites during shopping excursions. The Grill offers a diverse menu that features Cobb salads and other light fare, as well as Chicago-style steaks and delicious specials. After hours, well-heeled patrons flock to the bar to nip on martinis, single malt scotches, and fine wines.
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The Lobby

108 E Superior St, The Peninsula Hotel, Chicago, IL 60611 312-573-6760

Description: RIVER NORTH. Come for breakfast, lunch, high tea, dinner, or dessert, and enjoy expansive views of the city's bustle from grandly proportioned windows. Extensive breakfast options range from traditional standards to decadent Nutella-stuffed French toast with banana brulee and "Nasi Goreng" Balinese fried rice with eggs and chicken satay. Live cello and piano music are available in the evenings. Note to chocolate-lovers: A buffet bar serves up the richest treats with coffees every Friday and Saturday night giving you energy to dance the night away while a contemporary jazz trio and singer perform.
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644 N Lake Shore Dr, W Hotel Chicago - Lakeshore, Chicago, IL 60611 312-255-4460

Description: STREETERVILLE. This see-and-be-seen hotspot draws a mix of folks to its modern dining room, which serves contemporary Mediterranean cuisine with a seafood focus. The house specialty should be ordered upon arrival ­ spice and molasses-glazed shrimp with candied orange, mulled red wine syrup, and cardamom. Notable entrees include poached monkfish, pan-roasted walleye, and pan-roasted American sturgeon. The interior features strong lines and curves, leather chairs and glass walls, a large projection screen, and a color scheme of red, black, and neutrals.
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Wow Bao

175 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604 312-334-6395

Description: THE LOOP. Baos, or steamed Asian buns, are considered fast food in China, but in Chicago (where junk food runs rampant), they are a novelty. In fact, local eateries are regarded as the first bao shops in America. Baos come stuffed with teriyaki chicken, barbecued pork, beef, Thai curry, and veggies. Asian salads, potstickers, rice bowls, and soups are also served. The original location at Water Tower Place (835 N Michigan) and the Theater District store (1 W Wacker Blvd) are both open on weekends.
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