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Best Business Dining Restaurants in the Chicago Loop

Posted  5 years ago  in  Loop List

The reputation of these restaurants in the Chicago Loop greases the wheels of business deals in a first-class atmosphere.

Whether you’re dining with an employer, client, or investor, picking the right restaurant is crucial. It reflects the importance of the meeting and how much you value the individuals who will be joining you. With a stellar meal, impeccable service, and opulent ambiance, these restaurants in the Chicago Loop, the city’s central business district, are sitting in the midst of globally-acclaimed hotels and attractions. And they may just help you seal the deal.

Midland Social Club

Midland Social Club serves locally-inspired plates with signature W style in glam downtown digs. Soak in the casually elegant surroundings of this historic hotel while sampling sumptuous cuisine. Open for breakfast and lunch, this convivial restaurant features globally-inspired fare and accommodating service.

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Staytion Market & Bar

Discover the unique and energetic style of Staytion Market & Bar, Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel's on-site bar and meeting spot. Serving the quintessential street food of downtown Chicago with a twist, Staytion also serves specialty cocktails, illy coffees and house-made pastries. It also offers an array of modern, lively spaces perfect for business gatherings or after work libations: Mixology Station (seats up to eight people), Library (seats up to 12 people), Stadium seating (seats up to 20 people), and Artist Studio (serves groups of 10-30).

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Italian Village Restaurants

Home to three unique restaurants (The Village, Vivere, and La Cantina), this Chicago staple offers a dining option guaranteed to dazzle every party guest. The Village is the oldest Italian restaurant in Chicago, offering guests a “tour” of Italy with starry lights throughout, while Vivere allows guests to experience regional contemporary Italian cuisine in a luxurious, whimsical setting. La Cantina is beautifully decorated with wrought iron gates, vintage wine bottles, and wooden wine crates, with a design inspired by the noble Italian family’s private wine cellar.

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Morton’s The Steakhouse

Be it a power lunch or dinner, Morton’s The Steakhouse offers a variety of delicious plates designed for business dining. Located amid Chicago’s most celebrated attractions, Morton’s is known for its excellent service and superb atmosphere. If you’re looking for private dining, it has over 4,000 square feet of space in six private dining rooms with a private VIP bar.

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The Dearborn

At The Dearborn, sisters Amy and Clodagh Lawless combine their 40-plus years of hospitality experience—both here in Chicago and in their native Ireland—to create a restaurant that unites their passion for heartfelt service, a welcoming ambiance, and classically rooted food that isn't afraid to take culinary risks. The restaurant pays homage to traditional American taverns with tufted leather booths, subway tiles, vintage-inspired lights, and custom murals depicting Chicago's past.

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Terzo Piano

Located in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, Terzo Piano features the signature cuisine of Chef Tony Mantuano under whom Chef di Cucina Carolina Diaz uses fresh, local, organic, and sustainably-produced ingredients to create seasonal dishes with a Mediterranean flair. The menu is complemented by Cathy Mantuano’s wine list, featuring top American producers alongside Old World favorites. Everything produced in the kitchen is made from scratch, offering guests the highest quality, flavorful meals every day.

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State and Lake Chicago Tavern

Named after the iconic intersection in the heart of the Loop, State and Lake Chicago Tavern serves up new twists on bistro fare, with an emphasis on featuring the finest locally sourced and wholesome ingredients. Led by award-winning Executive Chef Nathan Sears, sleek contemporary gastropub State and Lake Chicago Tavern combines the flair of artisanal American cuisine with the warm, welcoming vibe of a neighborhood pub.

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In the heart of Restaurant Row, Formento's Italian fare rises above the rest and provides a great atmosphere to entertain clients and colleagues. With large banquet seats, antipasti and house-made pastas served family style, and a seasonal menu featuring the light and bright flavors of Italy, Formento's radiates a warm welcome to your guests to make your business dining exceptional.

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