Especially in the winter months, you want a getaway where you don’t necessarily have to leave the comforts of your carefully chosen hotel, but still would rather get dressed up and do something rather than order room service. Here are a few great hotels in Chicago that have fabulous restaurants to boot. In fact, you may choose to just visit the restaurant whether you stay at the hotel or not.
Longman and Eagle
2657 N. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
Longman and Eagle is known for its low-key atmosphere, inexpensive, high-class whiskey and amazing brunch. The hotel upstairs is actually often considered an “added bonus.” Located off the blue line in the Logan Square neighborhood, Longman and Eagle is off the beaten path and therefore a little more of a local find if you’d rather stay somewhere a bit different. The hotel’s tagline is a “modern take on an old Chicago neighborhood inn,” which sounds just about as cozy and down to earth as can be.
505 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60654
Attached to the Hotel Palomar in River North, Sable specializes in comfort foods and caters to a family-style dining atmosphere. Just about everything on the menu can be ordered in half portions or small plates if you choose, but sharing among your table and sampling multiple menu items is encouraged. This is the perfect place to enjoy if you’d like a more dressed-up evening without going completely formal. The drinks at the bar are presented with flair and although the bar area may be a bit boisterous on weekends, the dining area in the back is good for easy conversation.
South Water Kitchen
225 N. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60601
Located next to the Hotel Monaco, the South Water Kitchen is a favorite stop for business lunches and is reasonably priced considering its central loop location. There is a prix fixe option or you can order a la carte. The restaurant is quiet enough for intimate conversation and the food is diversely American with something for just about everyone. There is a good selection of beer on draft and the portions are decently sized.
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The Berkshire Room
15 E. Ohio St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Within the ACME Hotel in River North, the Berkshire Room is known for quality cocktails and good liquor at the bar. The architecture has an historical and old feel to it and the decor is trendy with a swanky feel, but the attire of patrons ranges from jeans to suits. The menu is more upscale bar snacks than a full sit-down meal, however it will not disappoint in portion sizes or taste. This serves as the perfect start before a night out on the town or a nice end to a shopping trip before trundling back upstairs for a night in your hotel room.
Park Hyatt Chicago
800 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Get a window seat at NoMi Kitchen if you can because the view of the Water Tower and Chicago streets are a nice addition to your meal. NoMi is attached to the Park Hyatt on Michigan Avenue, close to all of the shops downtown. The food will delight you whether you are able to enjoy the view or not, there is a good wine list and a varied selection on the menu. Portions are decent, perfect for a nice long relaxed lunch or dinner. The atmosphere is casual, but classy and although it is pricey, you won’t be disappointed in your meal.
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