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Monica Raymund


Monica Raymund

This week we have favorite restaurant picks from Monica Raymund of Chicago Fire. These days there might be Chicago PD, Chicago Med, and Chicago Law on the way, but don't forget Chicago Fire started it all.

Monica isn't only doing big things in fake life either. She recently helped launch Clandestina, a monthly pop-up party that invites queer women, allies, and friends to get together for a fun night of food and drinks. The next event will be this Valentines Day, Sunday February 14th at The Promontory in Hyde Park. Tickets can be purchased for $20 here, and all proceeds will be donated to Project Fierce, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing and support for LGBTQ youth. Check out the Clandestina pop-up party, holler at Monica on Twitter, and don't miss her Friday Fives below.

90 Miles Cuban Cafe Perfect For: BYOB 2540 W. Armitage Ave.

"I really love 90 Miles Cuban Cafe for reasons other than the fact that I can choose my own booze to prop on the table: there are specials during the week, there is outdoor seating, it's casual, and they have flamenco dancing during dinner sometimes! It's the perfect Cuban joint to sip whatever alcohol of your choice that suits your mood."

RPM Steak Perfect For: Damn Good Steaks 66 W Kinzie St

"I recently dined at RPM Steak and I am telling you, there is no other steak joint in this time zone I would recommend. Bravo Chef Doug Psaltis. Do not take this description lightly. GO. AND YOU'RE WELCOME."

Kingsbury Street Cafe Perfect For: Brunch 1523 N Kingsbury St

"Perhaps it's because I live in the neighborhood or frequent the adjacent WholeFoods, but I'm a sucker for the always sumptuous and dependable menu at Kingsbury Street Cafe. And they have this bad*ss Ethopian coffee I cannot refuse. So there!"

Avec Perfect For: Dining Solo 615 W Randolph St

"I love dining solo at Avec. Sitting at the bar sipping rose and slowly eating the chorizo stuffed medjool dates or chomping on the chicken liver crostini. Avec is definitely the venue to dine solo at the bar with a book or simply admire the architecture."

RM Champagne Salon Perfect For: Outdoor/Patio Situation 116 N Green St

"On a warm summer night with a couple friends in need of some serious champagne and oysters, I go to none other than RM Champagne. A beautiful venue for a date inside the restaurant, it is equally romantic outdoors and can be a bustling spot for small groups. Located by way of a Chicago alley (and thus nearly missable entrance), it inherently feels exclusive and the food backs up the VIP feel with premium selections of wine and champs. Don't forget to peek inside at the sexy setting for the next date."

Nellcôte Perfect For: BONUS 833 W Randolph St

"Whether it's the stunning chandeliers that catch your eye or the beautifully plated food on the tables, Nellcote is a restaurant that makes you feel a touch Parisian, a dash of New York, and with a shake of Chicago flavor to bring it all together. With one of the sexiest scenes this side of the Midwest, Nellcote guarantees to set the mood."

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