Out to lunch
The Chicago Tribune's guide to business lunching in the Chicago area.
August 8, 2011
Who eats: Lots of business types, some carrying folders, a few Yorktown Mall shoppers
January 9, 2012
Ambience: Clean and minimalistic, but what else would you expect in an art museum? Unadorned windows that run almost from floor to ceiling offer city views on three sides.
January 30, 2012
Who eats: Businesspeople, tourists and River North office workers.
December 12, 2011
Why eat: The French bistro offers a seasonal menu and a cozy dining room decorated in soothing bronze and gold and lots of light.
January 23, 2012
Who eats: Businesspeople and others who make their way to lower-level Rush Street.
October 31, 2011
Why eat: Even meat-and-potatoes folks are unlikely to balk at nicely grilled tandoori chicken wings. The dish may not sound so Indian — neither do chickpea ceviche and baked samosas — but Bombay Spice isn't going for traditional preparations.
December 5, 2011
Ambience: The Chinatown restaurant is small and by no means fancy, with basic wooden tables, simple padded chairs and a tiled floor. What it lacks in comfort, it more than makes up for in funkiness.
October 24, 2011
Why eat: Miller's Pub, around since 1935, has become a Loop institution, drawing big crowds from the nearby federal buildings and offices.
December 19, 2011
Why eat: This recently opened Near North outpost of the Dallas-based chain draws big crowds at lunchtime by serving up moderately priced, upscale Mexican food.
November 28, 2011
Why eat: Off the beaten path of bustling River North, Sunda provides an exotic yet comfortable atmosphere with big portions of tasty Asian fare.
November 7, 2011
Who eats: Business types; conventioneers on break from the nearby convention center.
November 21, 2011
Why eat: Sayat Nova serves reasonably priced and tasty Armenian -- think Eastern Mediterranean -- food in somewhat exotic surroundings.
October 3, 2011
Who eats: This new vegan chain from California is drawing more hipsters than hippies, along with Wicker Park shoppers and a handful of suits at lunchtime.
October 17, 2011
Ambience: Contemporary, white-table elegance, soft whites and polished wood throughout; outdoor patio beyond French doors offers a garden view, and the spaciousness of a hotel dining room. Handsome, dark-wood lounge and bar by front entrance.
September 19, 2011
Who eats: This West Loop dining room pulls in business types, a surprising number of students and the occasional mild-mannered reporter.
September 26, 2011
Who eats: At the top of the Board of Trade is Ceres, the goddess of grain. At the bottom is Ceres, the cafe, where traders mingle with other fans of '70s diner food. Rice pudding, anyone?
September 5, 2011
Who eats: The lunch crowd in this popular River North restaurant is predominantly businesspeople.
August 15, 2011
Who eats: A mix of creative business types, Gold Coast shoppers and tourists
September 12, 2011
Why eat: The location, hidden behind a food court in Water Tower Place, is a less obvious choice than the go-to restaurants on the Mag Mile, which makes it a great spot for confidential business conversation.
August 29, 2011
Who eats: The River North restaurant caters to businesspeople, couples and hard-core foodies.
August 1, 2011
Who eats: The River North restaurant caters to business people, tourists and couples at lunch.
July 24, 2011
Ambience: White-table elegance with a supercontemporary feel. Glass walls, leather chairs, curved booths, deep leather settees with throw pillows.
August 22, 2011
Ambiance: A reasonably priced American fare in a casual, comfortable oasis for the cognoscenti.
July 4, 2011
Who eats: Mix of business people, tourists and hotel guests (restaurant is connected to Hotel Monaco), giving South Water Kitchen a democratic feel.
July 11, 2011
Ambience: White tablecloth elegance. Windows on south, west sides let in lots of light. Clean, uncluttered, contemporary look.
July 18, 2011
Why eat: The basement setting provides an escape from the hustle and bustle of the Loop and fosters intimate conversation.
June 20, 2011
Ambience: Clubby and masculine; cherry-wood paneling, thick carpets, double white tablecloth. Bar/lounge is sunny, less formal, popular with leisure diners and after-5 crowd.
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