Dig into the soup de jour or opt for another five-star French special at Ami Gabi.
Health nuts will be pleased with the menu at Ami Gabi, which includes a number of fresh, nutritious items.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Worried about taking a big group out for a night on the town? Ami Gabi has you covered with private rooms made for loud parties.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Ami Gabi.
Make plans ahead of time and reserve a table to avoid the wait.
At Ami Gabi, "dress to impress" is a thing of the past, and jeans are the new norm.
Impress the guests at your next gathering by calling in Ami Gabi for catering.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Complimentary parking is provided in the lot next to Ami Gabi.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Ami Gabi is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
AM, midday, and PM meals are served at the restaurant, but supper takes the cake for best in show.
French food doesn't get much better than Ami Gabi.
So go ahead and treat yourself to a fabulous French meal tonight at Ami Gabi.
You won't be disappointed at Lepetite Cafe in Westchester, where well-prepared eats and delicious drinks rule the menu.
At Lepetite Cafe, you can enjoy healthy and flavorful menu items.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Complimentary wifi is available as well.
This restaurant offers carryout for your convenience.
The restaurant has catering services as well.
Parking by the restaurant is a breeze, so feel free to bring your own set of wheels.
Lepetite Cafe is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
Breakfast fare is rated highest at the restaurant, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
With a stay at Park Hyatt - Chicago, you'll be centrally located in Chicago, steps from Chicago Water Tower and Loyola University Museum of Art. This 5-star hotel is close to Millennium Park and Art Institute of Chicago.
Make yourself at home in one of the 198 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and LCD televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with down comforters and Egyptian cotton sheets. Windows open to city and lake views. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while 46-inch high-definition televisions with satellite programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature handheld showerheads and double sinks.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages and body treatments. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as a health club, an indoor pool, and a spa tub. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare, and wedding services.
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and limo/town car service. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and extended parking is available onsite.
Table, Donkey and Stick: A User’s Guide
Alpine Comfort Food | Charcuterie | Convivial Atmosphere | Nose to Tail | Small-Production Wines
To start: duck-liver mousse and a cheese board with nutty Hubaner and paprika-finished Piper’s Pyramid goat cheese
To share: the Swabian pretzel, served with a cauliflower-and-Comté fondue
To tuck in: the braised goat Maultaschen, dressed in mother’s milk, celery root, black trumpet mushrooms, and black truffle
Where to Sit: Options abound according to mood. Intimate two-tops are tucked into the front of the house, while communal tables are found in back. In fine weather, ask to be seated on the back patio, which gets its warmth from a fire pit and its aromas from the meats marinating in the restaurant’s outdoor smoker.
When to Go: On Monday evenings, the restaurant offers a $5 menu alongside its regular menu. The offerings vary but always include a burger special, which is made even better with cheap drinks such as a 99-cent Miller High Life.
While You’re Waiting
Grab a drink at the bar, where knowledgeable bartenders can tell you all about the ingredients in cocktails with names such as Good, Better, Besk and Judy Garland.
If it’s crowded, step across the street to Katherine Anne Confections and sample caramel-stout truffles to whet your palate.
Don’t skip the charcuterie. All of the meat is cured in-house, and the restaurant strives to use the whole animal whenever possible. Plus, it comes with delicious breads also made onsite.
What’s up with that name? Behind the bar you’ll see a copy of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale that inspired the unusual moniker. Ask one of the bartenders for the condensed version.
Speck: cured pork leg seasoned with juniper, laurel, and rosemary
Sweetbreads: mellow-tasting, smooth-textured morsels taken from a lamb or calf’s thymus gland or pancreas
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Take a pleasant stroll along The 606, Chicago’s answer to New York’s High Line, and exit at California Avenue. Table, Donkey and Stick is a mere three blocks away.
After: Skip the pricey dessert menu and hit up Tastee-Freez for some dip cones or malteds. | 2815 W. Armitage Avenue
Les Nomades: A User's Guide
French Cuisine | Gold Coast | Jacket Required | Highbrow Hangout
First course: assorted house-prepared pâtés
Second course: warm lobster-and-shrimp salad with pickled mango
Main course: roasted duck breast and confit duck leg in green-peppercorn sauce
Dessert: Grand Marnier soufflé
Where to Sit: If it's chilly and you have your pick, ask for a spot by one of the wood-burning fireplaces.
When to Go: For a lighter (or simply less pricey) dinner, stop by before 5:30 p.m. to sample from the three-course pretheater menu.
While You're Waiting
Pretend it's 1978—when Les Nomades was an invitation-only private club—and that your tablemates are the people you have to impress to gain entry.
Expand your intellectual horizons by eavesdropping on nearby conversations—the restaurant's celebrity visitors have included "more Nobel laureates than rock stars," owner Mary Beth Liccioni told the Chicago Tribune.
Confit: a dish made by salt-curing meat (frequently duck) before cooking and storing it in its own rendered fat.
Sweetbreads: these mellow-tasting, smooth-textured morsels don't come from the bakery. Rather, they're harvested from the thymus gland or pancreas of a calf or lamb.
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: See what's on the calendar at the Alliance Française de Chicago (810 N. Dearborn Street)—Francophilic fun often includes film screenings, cooking classes, and lectures on literature, wine, and fashion.
After: Remain in the lap of luxury by sipping a nightcap at The Bar at The Peninsula (108 E. Superior Street), where a cozy fireplace helps illuminate chic, art nouveau–inspired decor.
Imagine: it's a wintry night in Lincoln Park. You're crossing the bridge over South Pond, the downtown skyline shimmering to your left, the zoo's holiday lights twinkling to your right. It's undoubtedly romantic, but, in true Chicago fashion, it's also really cold. Luckily, just beyond the groves of snow-laden trees, lies Geja's Cafe, a cozy fondue spot perpetually adored as one of Chicago's most romantic restaurants.
Looking back on Geja's nearly 50-year history, there is perhaps one story that crystallizes this reputation better than most. Owner John Davis once told the Chicago Tribune about a couple from Minnesota who traveled to Geja's for their first date, their engagement, their rehearsal dinner, and to celebrate the birth of their first baby. Small children aren't permitted inside because of the hot fondue pots so they jokingly asked if they could leave their baby at the coat check. The new mother working the counter happily obliged.
This anecdote lays out the qualities that have helped Geja's endure for a half-century as one of the city's most beloved dining institutions. Here's a closer look at those characteristics, starting, of course, with the ambience.
Geja's has an entire page on its website devoted to couples who have gotten engaged there. Proposers can call ahead to have management help with arrangements, or they can just let the low lighting, flickering candles, and curtained-off tables set the scene.
Geja's three-course fondue dinners make for an incredibly memorable meal. Servers fire up a cast-iron pot for each stage, first with brandy-spiked gruyere for dipping fruits and breads, then with soybean oil for cooking veggies and a choice of meats, and lastly with flaming chocolate for torching marshmallows and embarrassing diary entries.
"You get a feel of serenity when you walk in," Janice Koch, longtime neighbor of the restaurant once told the Tribune. "You're not rushed or pushed. It's all just... consistent." Guests are free to navigate meals at their own pace, also taking time to enjoy the extensive wine list (which includes three private-label varietals) and live flamenco guitar.