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Wino- depending on the clients I have 3 recommendations not far from that hotel, one of which is walking distance.

Hugo's Frog Bar is walking distance. It's loud, boisterous, a little she-she and quite fun. I've enjoyed it but the pro reviews are mediocre. Check out for more info and location.

I've been singing the praises of Crofton on Wells for a few years now, and Chicago MAgazine named it one of the top 10 restaurants in Chicago. Excellent food, very mellow comfy atmosphere and interesting though small wine list. Moderately pricey, but not over the top.
It's a short cab ride away from your hotel.

Fogo de Chao is one of the more interesting restaurants I've been to in a while. It's all-you-can eat brazilian steak. The salad bar is amazing and there are 15 different cuts of meat brought around to the table for you to enjoy as much as you want. This is really for big meat eaters only but is a little upscale and a lot of fun. It's also a short cab ride away from your hotel.
Thanks again for the info. We ended up having dinner Thursday night at Gibsons. Great place! Ok wine list with fair prices. I ended up having a small filet with a 2001 BV Tapestry.

We did a little bar hopping afterwards on Rush st since my hotel was right around the corner.

I'll be in Chicago all next week if anyone is interested in doing something.
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Vino Me,

My hotel is in the Gold Coast right accross the street from the Hancock Building.

I am going to be back in Chicago in two weeks for two weeks. Is there anything going on?

So far I have been to Ditka's, Harey Carey's, Luciano's and at the top of the Hancock bldg. Forget the name though. I did make it to Sam's. WOW!
Exactly what period will you be in town. I'm sure we can arrange to get together if you will be in town for 2 weeks. Here are a couple wine events that are going on:

Saturday, February 12
Steve8 will be in from Canada and is trying to get together for an offline but with it being so close to Valentine's Day there are not to many takers. The thread is here.

Tuesday, February 15
Binny's Ivanhoe Castle & Catacombs Tasting Room
An exclusive tasting seminar with Michel Chapoutier, owner and winemaker of Maison M. Chapoutier of Tain l'Hermitage in the Rhone Valley of France. Cost for this event is $25 for Frugal Fine Wine Lover's Club Members and $35 for non-members. Seating is extremely limited.
Call (773)935-9400 for reservations.

Tuesday, March 1
Binny's Ivanhoe Castle & Catacombs Tasting Room
Join us for a comparative vertical tasting seminar featuring winemaker Tino Colla of Poderi Colla and vintages 1996 through 2000. The family-owned estate of Poderi Colla demonstrates the great potential that classic nebbiolo wines have in the right hands. $15 for club members, $25 non-members. Reservations required.
Call (773)935-9400 for reservations.

Thursday, March 3
Binny's in Chicago - Downtown
This tasting will feature 20 of the wine staff's favorites picks from the current stock of "Buyer's Specials" including Freemark Abbey Sycamore Cabernet, Kracher #7, Marengo Barolo Brunate, and many more. These selections represent some of the best values we have to offer. Now let's see how they really stack up! $10 for club members/$15 non-members. Reservations requested.
Call (312)332-0012 or email for reservations.

Saturday, March 12
If you will be in town, there is a rather large offline going on with 20+ members including out of town guests futronic, DoktaP and Lady Cabernet. The thread is here.


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