Chicago restaurants for a group???

Jan 7th, 2004, 11:12 AM
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Chicago restaurants for a group???

Will be in Chicago for our annual convention in February. I used to live there, and have many favorite restaurants, but am looking for something new to take the group. Any suggestions for a fun/lively atmosphere with great food?????
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Jan 7th, 2004, 11:21 AM
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My favorite for a group, which I always recommend,is Cafe Iberico-it's Spanish tapas & paiella (sp?),
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Jan 7th, 2004, 11:33 AM
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Try Buca di Beppo. Its a family syle Italian restaurant with several locations and has the best garlic bread we have ever had. They take a round loaf of herbed Italian bread, slice it length wise, cover it oil and fine garlic slices and bake it. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
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Jan 7th, 2004, 02:08 PM
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Ask the concierge to set up a restaurant crawl of all the great ethnic neighborhoods and specialties. Hire a limo and everybody can toast the night away in international style.
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Jan 7th, 2004, 02:17 PM
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Cafe Iberico at 739 N. LaSalle in River North is a great place for a large group. Be sure and get a reservation, esp. with a large group, it is very popular.

Greek town is another good suggestion for fun and lively, I've eaten at Greek Islands and Santorini recently and both are good.

I think you already asked about Wildfire in another post, also a great place for a group.

For something a little different, if you are not a huge group, is Paprikash, a Hungarian place up on Diversey. We had a group of about 14 there a couple of months ago and it was liked by all. The food is great, the owners quite lovely.
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Jan 7th, 2004, 02:58 PM
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We just ate at Rosebud's on Rush. It came highly recommended. And we loved it. There were nine of us. Big portions. A few of us split. Their salads are huge. Very cozy place. Loved the food and the service. We got right in with no wait. But it was 2 days before Thanksgiving.
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Jan 8th, 2004, 12:39 PM
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Another vote for Cafe Iberico.
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Jan 8th, 2004, 12:42 PM
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Actually, I was looking for somewhere to go next Saturday before Hairspray and Cafe Iberico is a good idea. Wondering if we would have a long wait if we get there early, like 5:30 - 6:00?
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Jan 8th, 2004, 12:43 PM
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Another vote for Rosebud. Great place. However, how many people are you planning to entertain? If it's much more than 10 or 12, call to see what they can accommodate.

I hope the Buca di Beppo(s) in Chicago are better than the one here in Santa Monica-- the absolutely worst restaurant I've ever eaten in. Burnt marinara sauce-- and everything comes with marinara sauce, so every dish was ruined. Appalling.
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Jan 8th, 2004, 12:50 PM
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Cafe Ibericos wait isn't too long if you got that early. They take reservations for big groups too. I agree that Buca is to be avoided, especially if you have people who know good Italian food.
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Jan 25th, 2004, 08:07 PM
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Another vote here for Cafe Iberico. Maggiano's is also a good place for a large group (family style dining).
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