The crab salad at
Tortoise Club is
perfect light fare
for a summer
Bar & Grill.
Greg Cameron, The Joffrey Ballet's new executive director.
When it comes to Chicago’s cultural scene, few characters are more seasoned than Greg Cameron. Over a three-decade-long career in Chicago, Cameron has held positions at the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the Art Institute, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, and was most recently chief operating officer of WTTW/ WFMT. Now, Cameron has taken the reins at the world-famous Joffrey Ballet.
His plan for success? Being a great listener (says Cameron, “I think it’s incredibly important to be a sponge and listen to the various stakeholders”), and staying connected with colleagues and potential donors at some of his favorite power dining destinations around town.
“I recently had lunch here with one of the Joffrey dancers, and we both felt as if we were dining in someone’s home. It was a hot summer day, so a shaved vegetable salad with chicken on the side seemed like the best choice. The salad was really fresh, and the chicken breast was very flavorful. It’s a well-designed space, especially the private room: That red lacquer just screams theater and could be an interesting space for a women’s board luncheon or another Joffrey-related event.” 350 N. State St., 312-755-1700
“At Henri you can enjoy conversation, and the service is always just right. I gravitate toward their salads or special soups—and they always have delicious bread. If a restaurant can get bread right, it’s a pretty good signal that other things will be right, too. I love to sit at the banquette when you go in to the left.” 18 S. Michigan Ave., 312-578-0763
Mity Nice Bar & Grill
“I’ve been going to Mity Nice since it opened, and every time I see four or five or six other tables of people I know dining there. It’s a lunch spot where you can you get in and out quickly and get your business done. They have a great patty melt, and parmesan-crusted Minute Chicken Terri D. It’s like a corner restaurant where you can be welcomed as a sort of family member.” 835 N. Michigan Ave., 312-335-4745
“When I first started my arts career and was making $9,000 a year, I would go to La Tour at the old Park Hyatt hotel and splurge on breakfast. So as the new hotel went up, it became a place that I felt intimately connected to. The Hyatt and NoMI especially have been incredibly supportive of the MCA. The lunches I’ve had there have opened doors not just for the people I was dining with, but also with the organization to help support groups that are important to the fabric of this city.” 800 N. Michigan Ave., 312-239-4030
“On any given day you can go to Ina’s, and it is the nonprofit headquarters for breakfast. At every table good business is getting done to support organizations in the city of Chicago. Ina has amazing pancakes, and they leave a carafe of coffee on the table, so you’re never searching to find the person to fill your cup of coffee. She creates an atmosphere that is completely welcoming.” 1235 W. Randolph St., 312-226-8227