The Dearborn. A team effort from sisters Amy Lawless and Clodagh Lawless, this Loop restaurant hits all the right notes from decor to food and drink. A great place to catch up over lunch or dinner or even an afternoon bite. Great beer and wine menu and a whole host of handcrafted cocktails. One of my favorites.
DMK Burger Bar (Lakeview, Oakbrook) Great burgers and fries, perfect to pair with the extensive beer menu (good choice of local/regional/international craft beers). Recommended: The hatch green chili burger (#4), truffle fries.
The Gage located on Michigan Avenue across from Millennium Park, has a talented team with a well curated menu. Local breweries are well represented as well including a monthly rotation of seasonal beers. Recommended: Mussels vindaloo, pepper salmon sandwich.
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Avec Mediterranean inspired, as well as a huge selection of small plates. Wine list is mostly French, Italian, and Spanish wines, nice selection.