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3 Hot Hotels, Hotter Restaurants

Forget convention-style banquet rooms and buffets. In Chicago, our favorite hotel restaurants, from casual to fine dining, are a bonafide scene.

Chicago's culinary scene is certainly one to be proud of, and its hotel dining is no exception. Check out three of our favorite hotel restaurants in a class all their own.

Beatrix

This spacious restaurant neighboring the Aloft hotel manages to be both friendly yet sexy, serving comfort food with a twist. At one page, the menu is short and sweet. The mole-inspired chili and chocolate glazed salmon with smoked almond slaw and corn tortillas is a best-seller. Start with a fresh-squeezed juice, like blackberry lychee lemonade or blueberry basil smash, served with or without alcohol. Desserts range from a healthy chia seed pudding to a tall, dark and handsome chocolate cake, and you can always grab sweets to go from the pastry case.

519 N. Clark St., 312.284.1377, www.restaurantbeatrix.com

Beatrix
Beatrix's modern take on upscale comfort (©Anjali Pinto)

The Lobby

Lunch or dinner at the Peninsula is sumptuous, including Chef Lee Wolen’s whole roasted and stuffed chicken for two and impossibly pillowy ricotta gnocchi, minus a lengthy tasting menu format. Impeccable service and a string duet’s classical interpretations of pop melodies augment fine dining food served in a comfortably elegant setting. Afternoon tea is not to be missed now that Dimitri Fayard, formerly of Vanille Patisserie, is responsible for pastries.

108 E. Superior St., 312.337.2888, www.peninsula.com/Chicago/en/Dining/The_Lobby/default.aspx

The Lobby
The Lobby's seafood pasta (©Anthony Tahlier)

Travelle

Mediterranean flavors, from exotic spices like za’atar to fresh seafood, abound at the Langham. Chef Tim Graham’s seacuterie (think whitefish rillettes, bouillabaisse gelée and octopus terrine) is a refreshingly light riff on charcuterie. Try the pita balloons with muhammara, a red pepper and walnut dip, and save room for desserts like nutella baklava. Sit at the bar for a wide-ranging liquor list and a unique view looking south over the Chicago River into the Loop.

330 N. Wabash Ave., 312.923.9988, www.travellechicago.com

 
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Travelle's "Seacuterie" board (©Derek Richmond)