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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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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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Bistronomic

840 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 312-944-8400

Description: GOLD COAST. Serving affordable French cuisine with local and regionally sourced ingredients in a traditional French bistro setting, Bistronomic is the brainchild of acclaimed chef Martial Noguier. Enjoy such classic dishes as steak frites, Ahi tuna tartare, glazed short ribs, and chicken liver mousse. On weekends Bistronomic serves a popular brunch featuring dishes such as homemade country pate, brioche French toast, eggs Benedict, and quiche Lorraine.
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Bistrot Zinc

1131 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610 312-337-1131

Description: GOLD COAST. A neighborhood French cafe, Bistrot Zinc is hard to miss with its bright red exterior. Inside, you'll find all the classic bistro elements, including tile floors, tin ceilings, and, naturally, a zinc bar and tables. Chef Tim Kirker, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, serves a varied menu, including such items as butternut squash risotto with fried sage, grilled salmon with spinach-fennel sauté, and coq au vin with buttered egg noodles.
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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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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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Frontera Grill

445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60610 312-661-1434

Description: RIVER NORTH. This eatery, a more casual sibling to fantastic Topolobampo, is considered among the best restaurants in the country. The dining room boasts folk art and vivid colors inside and sunny sidewalk seating outside. The ever-changing menu offers artistic dishes from award-winning chef Rick Bayless, including stuffed poblano peppers, tamales, charcoal-cooked lamb, and desserts like almond cake and buttermilk-lime ice cream.
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House of Blues

329 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60610 312-923-2000

Description: RIVER NORTH. House of Blues is well-known for its cool, hip decor and its stellar line-up of music. It's also known for its brunch, which includes an all-you-can-eat buffet with cooked-to-order omelets, amazing Cajun potatoes, tons of fresh fish dishes, waffles, sausage, and numerous other items. While you dine, sit back and enjoy an hour of some of the most heartfelt gospel music you'll ever hear. Church choirs come with talented soloists and their own musicians, and they always put on unforgettable shows.
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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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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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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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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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Salpicón

1252 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610 312-988-7811

Description: OLD TOWN. The wild decor of this contemporary Mexican restaurant is the first clue that chef Priscilla Satkoff is set to deliver wonderful cuisine to your table. Satkoff's passion for innovative flavors and fresh ingredients is evident in everything she creates. Grilled pork tenderloin and tequila halibut are house favorites. Bright yellow and blue walls, hot pink tablecloths, high ceilings, and Alejandro Romero paintings ­ along with personal attention from the owners ­ give the place a warm, inviting feeling.
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Shaw's Crab House Chicago

21 E Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60601 312-527-2722

Description: RIVER NORTH. Shaw's offers two distinct dining options ­ the casual oyster bar and the more upscale main dining room. Polished wood paneling and globe lighting set the scene, and the menu boasts a wide variety of fish and seafood: Copper River king salmon, Pacific halibut, and charred sashimi tuna, for example. Though limited, the dessert menu offers abundant temptations, and live music is offered in the oyster bar every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.
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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 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 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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Wave

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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