I'm putting this out to all chowhounds who can empathize with a soon-to-be 50 year-old woman's need to feel that she and her friends are still cool. My plan:find a bar-restaurant with cutting-edge cool atmosphere and interesting food that is neither deafeningly loud not ultra smoky. Party of 25. Need space to mingle. Bucktown? Wicker Park? Location open.
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