There are a lot of great spots at the Chicago Athletic Association, like The Game Room (a cocktail bar) and Cherry Circle Room, an upscale restaurant on the second floor. The main design elements are dark wood, overstuffed leather chairs, and a huge fireplace. It reminds us of a fancy turn-of-the-century lodge, and the rustic menu (with plenty of roasted meat) fits the ambiance.
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Mercat a la Planxa
Good food, but the crowd doesn't match the place. If you're cool with a weird atmosphere, the food won't disappoint.
Brown Bag Seafood Co.
Fresh, casual seafood that's ideal for any day involving a trip to the park.
Cindy’s has the best rooftop and views in Chicago that overlook Grant Park and Lake Michigan.
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Blue Door Kitchen & Garden
Blue Door Kitchen is a nice but not too fancy Gold Coast restaurant in an old mansion. The courtyard patio is beautiful for when it's nice outside.
Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House
Hugo’s is a classic and fancy seafood spot, and the fish counterpart to Gibsons’ steaks.
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