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Downtown chains: What did they replace?

J. Luke Seemann | Jun 25, 200308:51 PM     7

So a Chili's is going in at Ontario and State, not far from the new Red Lobster, and Bear Rock Cafe, a North Carolina chain whose concept is "mountain" cuisine, is scouting out Chicago locations. A downtown visitor would be forgiven if she feels her only choice is to either go to a chain or to go hungry.

My question is, What did these places replace? I've only been here a few years, so I must turn to Chowhound's collective memory for research. In the case of new developments, what occupied the previous building? In short, what kind of chow could you have found downtown that you can't find now, now that River North is nothing but one enormous mall?

Here are some locations I'm particularly curious about:

Fado (Clark and Grand, NW corner)

Chili's (Ontario and State, NE corner)

Red Lobster (Ohio and Dearborn, NW corner)

TGI Friday's (153 E Erie)

Rainforest Cafe (Clark and Ohio, NE)

Bennigan's (225 N Michigan Ave, 150 S Michigan Ave)

California Pizza Kitchen (52 E Ohio St)

Big Bowl (159 W Erie St)

Or any others. Many thanks!

L.

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