Best Restaurants for a Pre-Show Meal in the Loop
You're all set with the hottest tickets in town for your date night, family visit or solo adventure. There's only one thing you're missing as you head from work to the theater: food! Here are our suggestions of where to grab a bite in Chicago's Loop.
If you are looking for a fancy dinner to match your fancy tickets to the Goodman Theatre, you need look no further than next door. Petterino’s offers a luxurious setting and fine Italian dining. Take advantage of their three-course prix-fixe menu, which is perfect for a pre-theater meal! Petterino’s is situated on Randolph between the Oriental and Cadillac Palace Theatres. And if the weather is (in true Chicago fashion) less than enjoyable, Petterino’s has a back door that opens right into the lobby of the Goodman.
150 N Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60601
Perhaps you’re looking for something quicker or more cost-effective? We suggest Brightwok Kitchen, where you can build your own Asian fusion bowl with locally grown ingredients. This restaurant has a beautiful, bright, and open aesthetic and a commitment to organic, gluten-free, and vegetarian options. Want to appease your sweet tooth as well? Vanilla ice cream with a homemade miso lemongrass caramel topping. Enough said.
21 E Adams
Chicago, IL 60603
Bridge House Tavern
If a Sunday matinee is more your style, check out brunch at Bridge House Tavern. Just across the Clark Street bridge, Bridge House offers a polished but casual environment on the banks of Chicago River. Enjoy their eclectic menu of American comfort food and more while taking in the gorgeous views of the Chicago skyline. What better way to pregame your show than with a fresh beignet and a mimosa?
321 N Clark
Chicago, IL 60654
Just around the corner from The PrivateBank Theater, the new home to the mega-musical Hamilton, visit The Marquette Hotel’s upscale eatery: The Marq. In addition to an array of delicious salads, sandwiches, and cocktails, The Marq features some of the most creative appetizers in the Loop. Need examples? We suggest the to-die-for honey whipped ricotta and a vegetarian spin on ceviche: watermelon poke that features fruit that has been poached for nine hours.
60 W Adams
Chicago, IL 60603
This sleek steakhouse faces Millennium Park, so if you’re seeing a show at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, start with dinner and then take a stroll around Chicago’s most famous park before taking your seats. Remington’s features steaks, seafood, and cozy fireplaces. If you make your reservations early, perhaps you can snag the private glass room in the middle of the restaurant, the walls of which are lined with Remington’s wine stock. Or if the weather’s nice and you’d rather be outside, you can order a fully stocked picnic basket and find a nice spot in the park.
20 N Michigan
Chicago, IL 60602