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Quiote is a Mexican spot in Logan Square that works for just about anything. Come for coffee, on a date, or just to have some mezcal at the bar.
Friends Ramen serves mini ramen bowls in the Gold Coast, but it's not very good. Skip it and opt for regular size ramen bowls somewhere else.
Shaw's is like the seafood version of a steakhouse. Come for a nicer dinner and order all the oyster, crab, and lobster.
Publican Anker is a casual bar and restaurant in Wicker Park. Think of it as a more laid back pub version of the original Publican.
Oasis Cafe is a small Mediterranean restaurant hiding inside of a jewelry store.
WonFun is a cool and trendy Chinese restaurant in the West Loop specializing in spicy, Sichuan cuisine.
Cindy's has the best rooftop and views in Chicago that overlook Grant Park and Lake Michigan.
Roka Akor is a trendy Japanese restaurant in River North that has great food but is also expensive.
Forno Rosso is a casual and excellent Neapolitan-style pizza restaurant in the West Loop.
Honey's is an upscale but cool restaurant in Fulton Market that's good for a nicer occasion.
Blue Door Kitchen is a nice but not too fancy Gold Coast restaurant in an old mansion. The courtyard patio is beautiful for when it's nice outside.
Mindy's is a cool but casual Wicker Park spot good for lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch. Plan on getting a homemade hot chocolate as dessert.