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Allium

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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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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Cape Cod Room

140 E Walton Pl, The Drake Chicago, Chicago, IL 60611 312-932-4625

Description: MAGNIFICENT MILE. This classically elegant restaurant is located in the Drake Hotel and has become a Chicago institution. It's definitely the place to go for old-fashioned pampering and a fresh seafood meal. Order the Dover sole, the lobster thermidor, the crab legs, or the roasted black Cod. The interior hearkens back to the shipping days of yore, with red-checkered tablecloths, exposed wood beams, weather vanes, and stuffed sailfish. Reservations recommended.
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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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Drake Brothers Restaurant

140 E Walton St, Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL 60611 312-787-2200

Description: MAGNIFICENT MILE. Located in the Drake Hotel, this restaurant is an upscale dining room that serves breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch. The breakfast menu includes a buffet that's brimming over with delicious early morning favorites such as eggs benedict and blueberry pancakes. The lunch menu includes a bevy of soups, salads, and sandwiches. Try the Bookbinder soup and a basket of the freshly baked bread.
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Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop

830 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 312-337-9330

Description: MAGNIFICENT MILE. Famous Ghirardelli chocolate, made by the Italian chocolate maker, is served in upscale style at this Chicago favorite. The place serves plenty of ice cream drinks, along with amazing hot fudge sundaes and a dish called "Strike it Rich" that's as decadent as it sounds. This is also the perfect place to buy a souvenir; vast assortments of chocolates are boxed and ready to give ­ or keep.
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Gibsons Steakhouse

1028 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611 312-266-8999

Description: GOLD COAST. Gibsons is what you would imagine a steak house to have been like during the speakeasy era. Big, aged cuts of the finest steaks, huge, ice-cold martinis, bartenders with bowties and, of course, crowds of fascinating people. Celebs and celeb wannabes make Gibson's a must-visit and a definite place to see and be seen. EL: Red Line to Clark/Division
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Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House

1024 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611 312-640-0999

Description: GOLD COAST. Famous for serving tasty frog legs, this restaurant is owned by the same folks as Gibson's Steakhouse next door. The menu at Hugo's focuses on seafood, and fresh deliveries are made several times a day, but you can order a steak from the neighboring kitchen if you're in the mood. If you're having difficulty selecting, know that mesquite-grilled mahi mahi, pan-fried walleye pike, and whitefish all make excellent choices. A nautical theme and three separate dining areas also distinguish Hugo's.
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Morton's, The Steakhouse

1050 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610 312-266-4820

Description: GOLD COAST. Below street level and exuding the ambience of an exclusive club, Morton's continually wows diners with succulent cuts of sirloin, t-bones, and filet mignon. With white linens on the tables, crystal chandeliers, and royal service, this is the perfect place for any special occasion. Lots of the city's best and brightest agree that you can't top Morton's.
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NoMi

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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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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RL

115 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 312-475-1100

Description: MAGNIFICENT MILE. Owned by fashion guru Ralph Lauren, this contemporary American restaurant has a cosmopolitan air about it. Rich leather furniture, mahogany paneling, and chic African style prints define the decor. The menu is just as fashionable and features notable items like Alaskan halibut, jumbo sea scallops in a cucumber-tomato salad, Amish chicken, and grilled lamb.
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Rosebud Steakhouse

192 E Walton St, Chicago, IL 60611 312-397-1000

Description: MAGNIFICENT MILE. At Rosebud, you'll feel comfortable and at ease in the welcoming dining room, but you may have a tough time deciding what to order. The menu is packed with delectable beef and seafood dishes, and you're sure to find something delectable, like a NY strip steak or potato-crusted striped bass. Salads and sides abound as well, and the wine list includes Italian, French, and Californian white, red, and sparkling wines.
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Saloon Steakhouse

200 E Chestnut St, Seneca Hotel, Chicago, IL 60611 312-280-5454

Description: STREETERVILLE. A great alternative to Chicago's tonier (and more expensive) steakhouses, Saloon is situated a block off Michigan Avenue. The decor is suitably masculine and clubby with lots of dark wood, and service is knowledgeable and efficient. Although the menu ventures into non-beef territory, steaks are the big draw ­ if you have a big appetite, by all means order the 24-oz. "cowboy-cut" bone-in rib-eye. That's a lot of meat! After your meal, plan to enjoy a 10-ounce martini in the bar.
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Signature Room at the 95th

875 N Michigan Ave, John Hancock Tower, Chicago, IL 60611 312-787-9596

Description: MAGNIFICENT MILE. If you haven't wined or dined at The Signature Room yet, your next trip will undoubtedly have to include this Chicago landmark. The high-stepping destination is a place not only to see and be seen but also to take in the beauty of the city with a 360-degree bird's eye view. Nurse a martini and laugh over the fact that you didn't make it to the Sears Tower. The menu features traditional American cuisine.
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Tavern on Rush

1031 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611 312-664-9600

Description: GOLD COAST. Trendy Tavern on Rush brings together all the elements of a fine steakhouse: a lively bar, plenty of leather and dark wood, and excellent beef. The main-level bar has excellent martinis and comfy couches, making it a popular gathering spot for well-dressed professionals, but it's great for pre- or post-prandial cocktails, too. The second-floor dining room sports an entertaining open kitchen and big windows with engaging views of bustling Rush Street. Start your meal with potstickers, crab and artichoke dip, or a thin-crust pizza. Steaks reign supreme, and you can get yours grilled or prepared with any number of additions, like bleu cheese, Cajun spices, roasted garlic, or brandy peppercorn sauce. Seafood and ribs are also well-prepared.
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The Capital Grille

633 N St. Clair St, Chicago, IL 60611 312-337-9400

Description: MAGNIFICENT MILE. One of the many reasons The Capital Grille has become a carnivore's mecca for Chicagoans and visitors alike is the melt-in-your-mouth, dry-aged in-house beef. Everything from the signature Veal Chop with Roquefort butter sauce to steak au poivre with Courvoisier cream is tantalizing. "Wine Spectator" magazine granted The Grille a "Best of Award of Excellence" for their 300-bottle wine list. The decor is simple yet elegant with Tiffany lamps, sumptuous carpeting, rich brown and forest green hues, and large windows. A lovely wine room is available for private events and occasionally serves as an additional bar.
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The Cheesecake Factory

875 N Michigan Ave, John Hancock Center, Chicago, IL 60611 312-337-1101

Description: MAGNIFICENT MILE. You'll face an important decision when you arrive here, so allow plenty of time to ponder before choosing your cheesecake flavor from the list of 34 decadent options. There's also a large dinner menu with plenty of great dishes and other desserts, but the obvious draw is cheesecake. Try white chocolate raspberry truffle, chocolate mousse, or double chocolate upside down Jack Daniels varieties. The dining room fills up quickly, so go early or late. EL: Red Line to Chicago
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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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