When it comes to Chicago’s hottest springtime restaurants, real estate broker extraordinaire Janet Owen is sold on these downtown destinations.
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In the spring, every restaurant in the city swings wide its front windows or sets out tables for picture-perfect patio dining. For Janet Owen, the top producer at KoenigRubloff Realty Group, this time of year is her favorite, since it means she can enjoy her working lunches alfresco. Owen specializes in the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and Streeterville, neighborhoods that are also her favorite destinations for dining. Here are her top springtime spots.
“I have a lot of listings in the 800 North Michigan Avenue building, so I come here often. They know I like to sit in the shade and off to the side so I won’t disturb anybody if I’m on my phone. My favorite dish is the salmon, and if they don’t have that, they always have a great fresh fish on the menu.” 800 N. Michigan Ave., 312-239-4030
“There are no cell phones allowed, so if I’m having a lunch date, it’s a great place. For dinner, I love the roasted sea bream. They have something called a frollino that is sinful but delicious: a cookie ring with mascarponesabayon and blueberry sorbet in the middle.” 201 E. Delaware Pl., 312-280-0700
“My husband and I love to have Sunday brunch here on the porch with the French windows open wide and the city skyline in the distance. I always start with a Bellini or mimosa. They have an herb garden tucked in right next to the restaurant and use the fresh herbs in the preparation. My favorite main course is the pan-roasted Arctic char.” 2610 N. Cannon Dr., 773-477-5845
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“There’s a shuttle that will take you from Michigan Avenue to the club and back if you just go for lunch—it’s like a mini vacation. For lunch I always get the Cobb salad with extra chicken or the salmon citrus salad.” 400 E. Monroe St., 312-861-7777