[Dining] Room Service

Monica Parpal |
Food And Dining

In Chicago, fine restaurants are stationed at almost every corner. But our city’s favorite gems are often tucked into lobbies or balanced high in the towers of prestigious hotels. Whether you’re local or just staying a few nights, check in to these hotel restaurant destinations for a taste of something special.


deca, The Ritz Carlton Chicago

(a Four Seasons hotel)

{160 East Pearson Street; 312.573.5160}

deca offers seasonal, fresh takes on classic brasserie fare. Start with the Fruits de Mer, a tower of fresh seafood including poached shrimp, fresh oysters, crab claws, steamed mussels, and grilled octopus salad, plus an optional half lobster. Share it with your table before trying Executive Chef Mark Payne’s OTT Burger (with Wagyu beef and duck confit) and finishing with the deca-dent 10-layer Chocolate Cake. 



David Burke’s Primehouse,

The James Hotel Chicago

{616 North Rush Street; 312.660.6000}

David Burke’s Primehouse is already a celebrated destination in the Chicago area. At the request of locals and visitors alike, the steakhouse recently expanded to create Burke’s Dining Room, an intimate, inspiring private dining space. With professionally designed and meticulously orchestrated seasonal menus, personal attention from the chef, and exclusive service for up to 20 guests, this promises to be an unforgettable dining experience.



Freestyle Food + Drink, Dana Hotel and Spa

{660 North State Street; 312.202.6000}

Freestyle Food + Drink, located in the heart of the River North neighborhood, houses happy hour crowds and tapas fiends for shareable specials and small plates. The menu, inspired by all realms of Americana, is orchestrated daily by Chef Ariel Bagadiong. The signature Jumping Beef is a soul-soothing combo of filet, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and onions. Pair it with the award-winning Apple Sherried Manhattan—with Woodford Reserve infused for 30 days with Granny Smith apples, vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks—and set your taste buds free.



312 Chicago, Hotel Allegro Chicago

{136 North LaSalle Street; 312.696.2420}

In the city’s thriving Loop district, 312 Chicago is code for fresh and flavorful Italian fare. During your next visit, try Chef Luca Corazzina’s Chef’s Experience: a private four-course meal customized to your tastes and served with optional wine pairings. To finish the meal, guests are served a complimentary glass of Chef Luca’s housemade limoncello, as well as a bottle of private label balsamic vinegar to take home. Book this one-of-a-kind experience at The Chef’s Counter, right next to all the cooking action.



Great Street, Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

{1 West Upper Wacker Drive; 312.795.3333}

Guests can drink in some of the best views of the city while dining at Great Street. Floor-to-ceiling windows and an expansive skylight provide a breathtaking panorama of the Chicago River and towering views of the surrounding skyline. What’s more, the dynamic venue—specializing in modern American fare—is an elegant spot for private parties, meetings, and dinner events. Great Street has three private dining spaces, each outfitted with advanced technology and awash in stellar views.



Shula’s Steak House,

Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers

{301 East North Water Street; 312.670.0788}

Shula’s Steak House is virtually a museum for the NFL’s only undefeated team—the 1972 Miami Dolphins. Shula’s showcases a cornucopia of football memorabilia in honor of the perfect season. This season (and all year round), guests treat themselves to THE SHULA CUT, premium Black Angus Beef in a variety of custom cuts. With cherrywood walls and high-back leather chairs, not to mention an extensive wine list, soothing martinis, and sweet cordials, Shula’s creates a winning experience for locals and visitors alike.



Travelle at the Langham, Chicago

{330 North Wabash Avenue; 312.923.7705}

Journey to Travelle for breakfast (or weekend brunch) to sample from their “Benedictine Traveler” menu, with six scrumptious variations on the fluffy poached eggs and English muffin dish. Try the Moroccan Benedict with merguez sausage, mint, and piquillo sauce, or the Norwegian Benedict with smoked salmon, fennel, and Choron sauce. You’ll be hard-pressed to choose just one.



Filini Bar and Restaurant,

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago

{221 North Columbus Drive; 312.477.0234}

Filini Bar and Restaurant, the Radisson Blu Aqua’s shining dining space, offers a dynamic fusion of traditional and contemporary Italian fare. Dine upstairs in a comfortable space where the service and ingredients bolster colorful, creative dishes like the Prosciutto-Crusted Swordfish with eggplant purée and puttanesca. Or, enjoy the chic and social ambience downstairs at the glimmering bar, the buzzing community table, or a comfortable lounge seat while you peruse the expansive Italian wine list.



Sable Kitchen & Bar, Hotel Palomar

{505 North State Street; 312.755.9704}

Chicago’s own Top Chef Heather Terhune joins forces with Head Bartender Mike Ryan to bring seasonal American cuisine and artfully-crafted cocktails to River North. Charming old Hollywood décor blends with modern industrial touches, and guests gather to enjoy housemade social plates like Sweet Corn Crème Brûlée. Sable is open for breakfast, dinner, and weekend brunch.



Atwood, Hotel Burnham

{1 West Washington Street; 312.368.1900}

While dining at Hotel Burnham’s Atwood (in the historic Reliance Building), guests can rely on creative cuisine and cocktails served in a warm whimsical space. Executive Chef Derek Simcik crafts signature dishes with daring, dynamic twists on traditional American fare, like the Lobster Pot Pie. Looking for an inspired brunch? Try the Coq au Vin Benedict with confit chicken, frisée, sourdough, and a red wine-poached egg. Atwood is open for breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner. 



Sixteen, Trump Hotel Chicago

{401 North Wabash Avenue; 312.588.8030}

The most alluring part of Sixteen restaurant is its seasonally-driven, story-based tasting menus, courtesy of Executive Chef Thomas Lents. This season’s tasting menu is more ambitious than ever, with “The Story of Chicago” in 20 courses (The Blue Line, $210) or 10 courses (The Red Line, $150). Each course offers a taste of history, like Ash-Roasted Venison to reflect the city’s rebirth after the Great Chicago Fire, and snacks served on a miniature ferris wheel to represent the star element of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.



NoMI Kitchen, Park Hyatt Chicago

{800 North Michigan Avenue; 312.239.4030}

Executive Chef Ryan LaRoche consistently offers flavorful and ingredient-focused dishes, highlighting the best offerings from local farmers, cheesemongers, ranchers, and bakers. This season, treat yourself to NoMI Kitchen’s tantalizing Caramelized Onion and Béchamel Tart with white belly anchovy, rocket, and pecorino.



South Water Kitchen,

Hotel Monaco Chicago

{225 North Wabash Avenue; 312.236.9300}

South Water Kitchen makes an excellent watering hole for those with an eye for craft beers and inspired libations. The restaurant’s renovated, 1920s-style tavern has a speakeasy effect, where Head Bartender and Cicerone Dan Rook guides guests toward craft beer flights and “Beer Cockt’Ales.” For eats, order one of Chef Roger Waysok’s wood-fired flatbread pizzas topped with seasonal herbs and vegetables.



Lockwood Restaurant & Bar,

Palmer House Hilton

{17 East Monroe Street; 312.917.3404}

Lockwood’s elegant, seasonally-influenced cuisine is a real treat for the palate, with a rooftop garden and apiary at the source of their offerings. Their robust cocktail program may be news to you, but some have certainly caught on: every two weeks, Lockwood goes through 10 gallons of their unfiltered Belvedere Vodka (barrel-aged and infused with hot peppers, onions, olives, citrus, and peppercorns). Give it a taste in their Palmer House Bloody Mary.



Mercat a la Planxa,

Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel

{638 South Michigan Avenue; 312.765.0524}

Looking to get away, but don’t want to leave Chicago? Take a culinary tour of Barcelona at Mercat a la Planxa, where you can sate yourwanderlust with Catalan-influenced cocktails and cuisine surrounded by thoroughly Spanish décor. Try a bubbly Cava or fresh sangría before ordering a round of tapas, like charcuteria, flatbreads, or an “A la Planxa” (grilled to order) delicacy like Gambas (jumbo prawns) and imperial Wagyu Beef.



Godfrey, The Godfrey Hotel Chicago

{127 West Huron Street at LaSalle; 312.649.2000}

New to Chicago this year, The Godfrey Hotel features a full-service restaurant on the ground level (opening in 2014) and a posh indoor/outdoor lounge on the fourth floor—the I|O Urban Roofscape. Plush banquettes and glistening water features set the scene inside, while a fire pit and chic outdoor seating lie just beyond the sliding doors. A retractable roof makes this a year-round destination for enjoying sophisticated food and drink overlooking the Southern Chicago skyline.



Allium, Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

{120 East Delaware; 312.799.4900}

Allium puts a playful spin on modern American cuisine by highlighting ingredients from local farms and markets in each dish. Pull up a seat in the cozy, chic dining room and start with a small plate of Bison Tartare with crisp waffle chips, homemade beer mustard, and a slow-poached, 62-degree egg. Craving ballpark fare? Try their Chicago Style Hot Dog, made with homemade everything—even the condiments. And don’t leave without a taste of the Miso Butterscotch Milkshake.