Given its unique take on American and Italian classics and the splendid view of Chicago's Millennium Park, it would be a mistake to pass up this near–Michigan Avenue gem. Noise from the bar carries up to the second floor, giving this spacious restaurant a lively feel. The prime-rib sliders and expertly fried calamari are perfect starters; mains run the gamut from seared scallops to butternut squash ravioli or the slow-roasted prime rib. Though many favor the warm blueberry-apple
bread pudding for dessert, the chocolate-chip ice-cream sandwich (big enough for four to share) shouldn't be missed. Don't plan on a weekday lunch without a reservation—local businesspeople have made this their hangout.