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Places to Meet Outside Your Office in the Loop

Posted  5 years ago  in  Eat & Drink, Restaurants and Dining

When you want to entertain a client or hang out with your co-workers, it’s easy to suggest the hottest attractions, great happy hour deals, and even a must-have meal at your favorite restaurant. However, when you want to conduct a business meeting, it can be challenging to find a place with the right ambiance. These spots in the Loop offer a professional environment for a productive business meeting.

Café and Bakeries

Intelligentsia Coffee

Intelligentsia has become a Chicago coffee institution, with an emphasis on coffee as a crafted art form. The post-industrial decor of this coffee bar is designed to echo the art and structure of the nearby Millennium Park. The folks behind these hometown blends are as passionate about high-quality coffee as they come. The company’s founders, Doug Zell and Emily Mange, are credited with starting the Third Wave Coffee Movement, the effort to position coffee as a crafted art form rather than a money-making commodity.

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Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique

With floor-to-ceiling windows and intimate but modern decoration, Sugar Bliss powers your productivity with sweet treats. It offers morning pastries, made-to-order crepes, tarts, cookies, and brownies, as well as a full line of espresso drinks.

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Two Zero Three Coffee & Wine Bar

Coffee, check! Pastries, check! Wine, check! Whether you want a change of scenery from your office, or conduct a business meeting, Two Zero Three offers a chic ambiance with sofa and high table seating. Share pastries, toasts, and philosophy in this fast-paced, newsstand inspired Loop coffee bar. At night, the space transitions into a wine bar, serving a light menu of cheeses and charcuterie.

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Toni Patisserie

Toni Patisserie is a Chicago Loop gem, offering fresh-baked breakfast savories, Parisian-style sandwiches, and charcuterie plates and desserts. Tucked in at 65 E. Washington Street across from the Chicago Cultural Center, this cozy café is a great place to meet while indulging your sweet tooth.

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Magnolia Bakery

With vintage decor and a warm, inviting atmosphere, Magnolia Bakery has been cherished for its classic American baked goods. Here, you can enjoy freshly baked cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and bars to help keep the wheels of your business churning. Magnolia is an international chain with cafés in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Mexico City, Seoul, Dubai, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait City, and Doha.

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Starbucks on State Street

And of course, there’s the world-famous chain – Starbucks. With patio seating on the corner of State and Adams, it offers a casual meeting place with high-quality whole bean coffee. Learn More

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The jewel in the crown of Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Cindy's is a rooftop restaurant and open-air terrace overlooking Millennium Park and beyond. Cindy's boasts magnificent views of Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago and Lake Michigan. The award-winning menu created by Executive Chef Christian Ragano features family style classic comfort food, bio-dynamic wines and award-winning cocktails with large format apothecaries.

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Early Society

This contemporary American bar and restaurant is within walking distance of the Chicago Theatre, The Daley Center, State Street Shopping District, Michigan Avenue, Nederlander Theatre, Goodman Theatre, and much more. With a focus on art and music, its decoration makes the restaurant an elegant place for a gathering of any kind.

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The Atwood

Just steps from the bustle of the Loop, you'll find a stylish respite. Atwood proudly offers sophisticated all-day American cuisine, alluring libations, late evening Happy Hour and a wildly imaginative menu courtesy of Executive Chef David Fingerman.

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Land & Lake

Land & Lake Kitchen is an upscale casual American eatery from Chicago-based LM Restaurant Group. It was created in the spirit of the classic mom-and-pop restaurants that dotted the Midwestern landscape from Iowa to Michigan throughout the 20th Century. It updated the look — with a meticulous, welcoming wood-accented interior — elevated the cuisine, and expanded the drink, wine, and beer menus.

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Chef Richard Sandoval combines the warmth of Latin American dining with an authentic and vibrant street food environment at Latinicity Food Hall and Lounge on the third floor of Block 37. It brings a delicious interpretation of Latin street food to your lunch hour. While you can’t go wrong with traditional Latin food including tortas and molletes, the food hall also offers sushi, salads, burgers, and stir-fry all with an inventive Latin-inspired twist.

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Remington’s is a classic American grill in Chicago that serves up warm hospitality, unparalleled service, and, of course amazing meals. Its seasonal menu includes American classics, a raw bar, and a selection of savory desserts. The restaurant's signature dish, The Remington, is an 18-ounce, dry-aged prime bone-in New York Strip Steak.

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tesori Trattoria and Bar

tesori is an Italian-inspired trattoria and bar with a well-stocked and wonderfully lit full bar. With a menu filled with delicious Italian-inspired cuisine and some of the best drinks in the Loop, tesori is a great spot to have a business meeting.

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The Berghoff Restaurant

Proudly serving German cuisine with an American twist for more than 120 years, The Berghoff Restaurant features a full-service dining area, bar and lower level casual dining area called the Berghoff Café. This restaurant is known for family tradition and proudly displaying the city's first-ever liquor license. In addition, it also has another location—Berghoff Café—at O'Hare International Airport.

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Italian Village

As the oldest and most celebrated Italian restaurant, Italian Village has the largest wine cellar in the entire Midwest with over 45,000 bottles. With three restaurants in one historic building, it is home to The Village, La Cantina Chophouse and Vivere, boasting 87 years of traditional Italian dishes.

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State & Lake

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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Exchequer Restaurant & Pub

The family-owned-and-operated Exchequer Restaurant and Pub has been serving delicious food in the Chicago Loop since 1969. Along with its award-winning Chicago-style deep dish pizza and baby back ribs, its menu features steaks, chops, fresh seafood, and a variety of super salads and sandwiches. Exchequer provides a family-friendly, casual atmosphere with more than 500 pieces of Chicago sports and movie memorabilia.

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The Walnut Room

With Circassian wood paneling imported from Russia and Austrian chandeliers, the 17,000-square-foot dining room is both elegant and comfortable. Conveniently located on State Street, it has a professional place for your business meeting over a meal. The Walnut Room is best known for classics like Mrs. Hering's Chicken Pot Pie and French Onion Soup, as well as more contemporary menu offerings created by some of the country's best-known chefs as members of the Macy's Culinary Council.

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