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Dining near Art Institute/Orchestra Hall?

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Dining near Art Institute/Orchestra Hall?

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mezzodiva54 | | Apr 22, 2009 02:10 PM

Hi, two Boston hounds will be padding our trip out to our son's graduation with a little us time alone in Chicago mid-May. Schedule is still a little rough, but the day we arrive we're planning to take in the Art Institute in the afternoon and a CSO concert in the evening. The big question is: do we eat before the concert, or can/should we eat afterwards? If we eat before, what are some suggestions for the area (or reasonably nearby) that will get us to the concert on time? Or would it be possible to eat in a more leisurely fashion after (on a Thursday night)? We'd obviously have more leeway as far as location, but there's the time/kitchen constraint as well. If we CAN eat after, what would you suggest for a lunch-ish meal after we arrive but before we hit the museums? Recommended pick-me-up pre-concert? If our Chicago friends could give us some pointers, we'd be most grateful, thanks! Style of food really not an issue, although I don't think we're looking at burgers 'n' beer.....then again....

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