Good Restaurants Entertaining Eats Chicago

There’s nothing like good dinner and a show – especially in Chicago. Whether you’re on a date with your sweetie or showing off the best of our beautiful Windy City to out of town guests, the theater district has got you covered. So grab some tickets to the show and get ready for a thoroughly entertaining experience.

Grill Thrill

Just a few blocks from The Chicago Theatre and The Randolph Street Theatres lies the high-energy ambiance of China Grill. Dishing up “world cuisine,” it’s the perfect place to bring your kin for some family style dining. The large portions are inspired by the journey of explorer Marco Polo, who returned to his native land with unique food from the empire of Kublai Khan. China Grill is located at 230 North Michigan Avenue. For more information, visit click to the China Grill.


The ultimate dinner spot when visiting Broadway in Chicago, Petterino’s is located in the Goodman Theatre building and in between the Cadillac Palace Theatre and the Ford Center for Performing Arts. The walls are filled with caricature renderings of the famous Broadway stars that have dined there in days past – and if you’re lucky, you might even spot a cast member from a current show. Savor select cut prime steaks and fresh seafood, along with one of their classic specialties. They also presents pre-theater specials – and don’t worry if this is an impromptu trip, theatre show times and information are inserted into their menus. Petterino’s is located at 150 North Dearborn.

Perfect Ten

Through the arched walkways, amidst colorful murals and original art, Trattoria 10 provides the perfect pre-theater ambience. Classic Italian dishes come with modern touches, and the result is utterly palate pleasing... Trattoria Ten has a partnership with the Auditorium Theatre and the Goodman Theatre, meaning that ticket holders receive a complimentary dessert with the purchased of an entrée. Trattoria Ten is located at 10 N. Dearborn. For more information visit click to the Trattoria 10.

The Village People

For an experience that’s totally Chicago, make a trip to the Italian Village before your night out. The landmark offers a Northern Italian menu and a cozy ambience. You’ll feel like you’re visiting a small town in Italy’s countryside – not only is the venue designed that way, but also because the building houses three different restaurants to choose from. Fine Italian cuisine is found on the menus of The Village, Vivere and La Cantina. All three restaurants share the same wine list, so go ahead and choose one of the 45,000-bottles from the cellar (the largest in the Midwest)! The Italian Village is located at 71 W. Monroe. For more information, visit click to the Italian Village.

By the Second City Theatre on Wells St. are 3 Wells Street favorites that will get you in and out before curtain call. It’s O’Brien’s for steaks and seafood along with their always-popular piano bar. They are a treat indoors or out with their classic outdoor garden. O’Brien’s is located at 1528 N. Wells St. For information call 312-787-3131 or visit and click to the O’Brien’s. For Mexican it’s the Adobo Grill located in Pipers Alley adjacent to the Second City Building at North and Wells St. Featuring contemporary Mexican cuisine they serve up a lively blend of good food in a great atmosphere along with their ever popular table side guacamole presentation. The Adobo grill is located at 1610 N. Wells St. For more information, call 312-266-7999 or visit click to the Adobo grill. For Italian it’s Topo Gigio. Like taking a trip to Italy, their 3 season outdoor garden and daily specials combined with bustling ambience make a visit to Topo unique experience . This celebrity hangout is a local favorite of Madona, Rosie O’Donnel, and Bonnie Hunt at what is described as “Chicago’s largest neighborhood restaurant.” Topo Gigio is located at 1516 N. Wells St. visit and click on Topo Gigio. In-Vinci-blem

Just a stroll away from the Steppenwolf and the Royal George, Vinci serves up pasta and porterhouses like nobody’s business. Channeling an authentic Italian villa, diners can enjoy hearty options from the regular and a gluten-free menu. Try the Rosemary skewered Shrimp ($19.95) grilled with zucchini caponatta, red and yellow peppers, zucchini fries and basil oil. Satisfy your cravings without upsetting your diet with the tasty Veal Saltimbocca ($24.95), sauteed and rolled with prosciutto, fontina, sage and served with whipped potatoes. Vinci is located at 1732 N. Halstead. For more information visit an