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Corkage policy at Chicago fine restaurants

pam | Jan 13, 2003 09:06 PM

My husband and I will have one night of a business trip to Chicago for a dinner alone, and would like to try a special (Charlie Trotter/Trio/Tru, etc.) fine restaurant, but also would like a chance to drink a first growth bordeaux from our cellar at home - I don't cook well enough to match the wines, and we don't get to eat out together that often. In LA, there are some wonderful restaurants that have accommodating ("if you order one from our list, we will open your bottle for a corkage fee") restaurants (such as Josie) (there are also restaurants that are offended). Is it realistic to expect a welcoming attitude/corkage fee in Chicago (assuming that we are total sots, and prepared to share two bottles between two diners), or should I not even bother to ask when calling to make reservations? (I am afraid that if I ask while making a reservation, if the policy is "NO" that they won't even accept our reservation - Charlie Trotters in particular seems to have a bit of an attitude - from prior posts on this site). Any recommendations?
Thanks for patience with a Chicago novice from LA.

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