Describing Les Coney as a supporter of Chicago’s theater scene is a serious understatement. The Mesirow Financial executive vice president is a life trustee at the Goodman Theatre; he also serves on the board of trustees for Lookingglass, sits on the board of the League of Chicago Theatres, and is the founding chairman of Congo Square Theatre Company. He attends as many shows as possible—including the Goodman’s Pullman Porter Blues, which runs through October 20 and whose opening-night event Coney chaired—and enjoys sitting down at these, his favorite restaurants for pre-and-post-theater dining.
Morton’s The Steakhouse
“The nice thing about Morton’s for pre-theater dining is its ‘power hour’ menu, where you can have hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and a good meal that’s quick and not too heavy before your show. The food is outstanding; Morton’s has national recognition and, obviously, multiple locations in Chicago. The room is beautiful and very elegant; a great place if you’re going on a date or with your spouse.” 65 E. Wacker Pl., 312-201-0410
“If I’m going to The Goodman, I tend to go to Petterino’s because it’s right off the lobby. It has a frequent-customer board, so when I call, I’m guaranteed a reservation because my name is on the board. I like its chicken Parmigiana, which is a great dish served over spaghetti.” 150 N. Dearborn St., 312-422-0150
“If I want to go out after the show and discuss the play, Mastro’s is my first choice. It has a lively bar and it stays open late, so you can leave the theater without feeling rushed.” 520 N. Dearborn St., 312-521-5100
“My daughter is a member of the Scenemaker’s at Goodman Theatre, for younger adults, and RPM is number one for catering to that crowd. It’s a young, hip, good-looking, fast-moving scene.” 52 W. Illinois St., 312-222-1888