Whether you’re looking to grab lunch after shopping along the Mag Mile or for the ideal dinner spot after taking in the sights downtown, here’s a look at five concierge-approved dining destinations whose locations can’t be beat.
Off the Mag Mile
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse is a perpetually-packed Rush Street heavy-hitter, which is named after the onion-garnished Gibson martini, and is the only restaurant group in the U.S. with its own USDA prime certification. A quintessential Chicago experience, delve into offerings like their porterhouse and rib-eye, massive Australian lobster tails, ridiculously large sides, decadent desserts, and first rate martinis. Whether you’re looking to nibble and nosh in the restaurant’s swanky—and expansive—bar area or to dine upstairs or on the sidewalk patio, the service, cuisine, and people watching available here are second to none.
Labriola Ristorante & Café is ideally situated on the Magnificent Mile and offers a variety of options for dining and drinking. The venue houses a full-service restaurant, La Stanza, with outdoor seating for lunch and dinner, a cocktail lounge called The Bar that offers food from the restaurants, and the Café and Bakery offering all sorts of baked goods in addition to a Neapolitan-style pizza kitchen. So if you’re not quite sure what you’re in the mood for or have differing cravings within your group, this is the perfect spot as it has a bit of something for even the most finicky of eaters.
Chicago’s iconic old Esquire Theatre in the Gold Coast is home to Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, a 500-seat stunner offering USDA prime steaks that are primarily wet aged. For those not familiar, that means you’ll get one tender, juicy, and just outstanding piece of meat. The historic building provides an elegant and dramatic setting and Del Frisco’s unique art installations, curved-back banquettes, and impeccable service make for a memorable dining experience.
Located across the street from The Art Institute of Chicago, Seven Lions offers patrons a plush, modern take on the classic clubhouse concept. The stunning décor boasts mirrors, chandeliers, and velvety booths and the menu is filled with fun twists on American classics. From salt cod brandade and their delectable signature burger to the duck club sandwich, this hot spot brings old school cuisine and swagger downtown and delivers on all counts.
Take a break from a busy day sightseeing and stop by the The Gage for an upscale yet casual dining experience in a vintage atmosphere. Located across the street from Millennium Park the menu here offers everything from Scotch eggs and crispy chicken livers to housemade sausages and entrees that cover every craving. Rounding out the bill of fare is an award-winning libations list featuring craft beers, wines, and boutique Irish whiskeys and single malts.