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Hot Chicago hotel menu happenings

Whoopie pies, part of the $15 lunch special at Sable.

Whoopie pies, part of the $15 lunch special at Sable.

Chicago’s hotel restaurants are sizzling this summer. Here’s a sampling:

  • Stetson’s Chop House in the Loop’s Hyatt Regency Chicago has added a $38 three-course set menu to recently enhanced regular menu. Served daily before 6:30 p.m. and after 8 p.m., the prix fixe offers a choice of French onion soup or caesar salad to start; main-course selections of prime rib, salmon or roasted chicken with horseradish mashed potatoes and broccoli; and chocolate cake for dessert. After 5 p.m. daily, Stetson’s visitors can take advantage of the “Eat Up Wine Down” promotion featuring a special appetizer and a paired glass of wine for $15. Free valet parking available with validation.

  • At Streeterville’s Wave Restaurant & Bar in the W Chicago – Lakeshore, Chef Kristine Subido has launched a new line of tiny summer sweets. The bite-size desserts come in customized flights and include a yuzu-lime meringue tart with toasted coconut; espresso-white chocolate cremeux with vanilla-orange tapioca; and a cajeta cheesecake with strawberry-rhubarb sauce. Choose three for $8, four for $10 or five for $12.

  • Sable Kitchen & Bar adjoining the Hotel Palomar in River North offers a three-course, 30-minute, $15 lunch special. Dubbed “Makin’ Whoopie,” the menu, guaranteed in 30 minutes, offers a small mixed green salad or cup of soup plus a sandwich (with a choices such as crispy pork belly BLT with toasted brioche and sea salt potato chips; Wisconsin grilled cheese with Texas toast, bacon, tomato; blackened chicken with garlic-lemon aioli, ciabatta, roasted corn relish and spicy fries; wild mushroom-brown rice burger with red onion jam and goat cheese or a farmhouse burger on a pretzel roll with caramelized onions, bacon, cheese, avocado and fried egg). Topping off the lunch is a takeout bag of Chef Heather Terhune’s house-made whoopie pies to tote back to your desk.

  • Cibo matto pastry chefs Megan Henke and George Harris are serving chilled Italian classics at the Loop’s Wit Hotel this summer, with gelato and sorbetto in flavors such sea salt-caramel, apricot, mascarpone cheese and apple saba, as well as two flavors per month of granita, shaved-to-order, $4.

    Also at The Wit, the newly opened Phoenix Lounge offers a small-plates menu of items such as veal meatballs ($11), English pea crostini ($11) and fried rock shrimp ($14) from 4 p.m. to midnight nightly.