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White Tablecloth Dining May Be An Endangered Species, But It Isn’t Extinct Yet.

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 White-tablecloth dining may be an endangered species, but it isn’t extinct yet. While Chicago chefs have been busy opening informal Italian trattorias and American taverns, numerous fine-dining spots have folded up their linens, most recently Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush; Japonais, when it became Japonais by Morimoto earlier this year; and Henri, when restaurateur Billy Lawless decided to replace this exquisite French restaurant with a casual, bare-table Italian spot called 10/6, opening soon.

 Many of the city’s top luxury hotels have banished white tablecloths, too, among them NoMi, when it became NoMi Kitchen, and the Four Seasons’ nearly regal Seasons dining room, which was converted to a ballroom and all food service moved into the linen-less lounge and atrium, now named Allium. Not even the estimable Penninsula Hotel’s Lobby restaurant or the Ritz-Carlton’s Deca drape their tables in white (Peninsula’s tablecloths are green).

 So where to go for a dignified, white-tablecloth business lunch? We’ve gathered some of our favorites, in alphabetical order.

 

 Atwood: Reservations are recommended for this enchanting art deco restaurant with imaginative American cuisine.

 

 Blackbird: Award-winning chef Paul Kahan has raked in a Michelin star for three years running at this sleek and simple, modern American restaurant.

 

 Capital Grille: Polished service and dry-aged steaks in a clubby, old-school dining room.

 

 Chicago Cut Steakhouse: C-suite steakhouse dining in a loud, tightly packed room filled with movers and shakers.

 

 Coco Pazzo: Meticulous Tuscan cooking, pitch-perfect servers and plenty of elbow room in a warm, airy space.

 

 Grill on the Alley: An under-the-radar spot in the shadow of the John Hancock Center.

 
Le Colonial: High-energy elegance and memorable Vietnamese food in an unusual, French-Vietnamese setting.

 

 Naha: Michelin star, Mediterranean-influenced dining in a quiet, understated space.

 

 Pelago Ristorante:Delightfully refined Italian dining in an intimate, elegant space.

 

 Petterino’s: Loop stalwart with a supper club vibe.

 

 RL: A power lunch spot with a tailored, Ralph Lauren look and upscale American food, just off Michigan Avenue.

 

 Shaw’s Crab House: A reliable favorite.

 

 Smith & Wollensky: A relaxed destination for aged steaks and river views in a bright, lofty room with an award-winning wine list.

 

 Topolobampo: Frontera Grill’s upscale sibling.

 

 Trattoria No. 10: Rustic Italian cooking in the heart of the Loop, feeding politicians, lawyers and judges for 26 years.

 

—Laura Bianchi Crains.com

 

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