In Chicago, Comfort Food and a Killer View

In Chicago, Millennium Park provides eye candy aplenty, but dining within the park at Park Grill doesn’t get you the view of the gardens or the Anish Kapoor sculpture called “The Bean.” But if you can nab the cat-bird seat at the new Tavern at the Park, which opened in July, you’ll be able to take in both sculpture and gardens from the second-story dining room’s 20-foot-high windows. Talented chef John Hogan, of Savarin fame, created the global comfort-food menu, which encompasses everything from Portuguese mussels to sirloin burgers with American cheese. You haven’t really had comfort food until you’ve sampled Hogan’s chicken pot pie or his chicken Milanese. The wine list is impressive and includes many fine vintages from California, New Zealand, Italy, and Australia. For dessert, the view alone could suffice, but we recommend you linger over those views with an order of cookies and cream fondue with Rice Krispie treats and pretzels for dipping. Yum. (Entrées range in price from $16-$26.)

Elaine Glusac