This large French restaurant in the Loop is open all day, and the main attraction here is a revolving bar that’s modeled after the famous Carousel Bar in New Orleans’ French Quarter. (You have to watch closely to see the carousel turning, because it’s very slow, only revolving once an hour.) The long menu is a little all over the place, but focuses mainly on French seafood dishes, with pastas, sandwiches, and salads in the mix too. Come here for a cocktail in the bar area and snack on a crab cake if you get hungry.
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Pearl Tavern is an oyster bar and restaurant in the Loop good for after-work drinks or a food.
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Shaw’s Crab House
Shaw’s is like the seafood version of a steakhouse. Come for a nicer dinner and order all the oyster, crab, and lobster.
Stella Barra is a comfortable and familiar place in Lincoln Park good for a lot of occasions. You’re also going for pizza, which is never a bad idea.
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Cindy’s has the best rooftop and views in Chicago that overlook Grant Park and Lake Michigan.
Bar Siena is great for a fun gathering in the West Loop. Go heavy on the pizza and pastas. And drinks. You’re going to want those too.
Beatnik is a restaurant and cocktail lounge in West Town serving average food in a beautiful environment.
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