We weren’t expecting a great restaurant to be on the 18th floor of a building on the Northwestern hospital campus, but that’s exactly where we found Woodwind. The menu has strange-sounding-but-actually-delicious small plates like a sweet and savory Big Mac-inspired foie gras bao, and pomegranate roasted squash with chunky peanut butter, plus larger options like tender lamb ribs glazed with lavender and honey. The upscale space has a beautiful view of downtown, and the food makes it a fun option for dinner in Streeterville. Just try to ignore any “Code Blue” announcements while walking through the lobby.
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Excellent sushi in an unlikely spot. This tiny restaurant at the bottom of the Hilton hotel on Mies van der Rohe Way street is worth a trip for any real sushi fan.
Somerset is a restaurant in the Gold Coast serving excellent American food that you should be eating immediately.
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More comfortable than a MINI Cooper, Beatrix is a casual and versatile restaurant in River North.
Beatnik is a restaurant and cocktail lounge in West Town serving average food in a beautiful environment.
Bellemore is an upscale restaurant in the West Loop serving very pretty but somewhat uneven American food.
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Cindy’s has the best rooftop and views in Chicago that overlook Grant Park and Lake Michigan.
Gilt Bar is the rare River North spot that’s easy to get into, and also has great food. Prepare for a lot of meat, butter, and salt.
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