Top 5 power lunches in Chicago

July 29, 2010


Scene from a power lunch: scallops at NoMI (photo by Joseph Storch)

#1 NoMI at The Park Hyatt
Where the city, the Lake and the Water Tower are all at your feet, and chef Christophe David's food only enhances the view.

#2 Naha
Snag a corner table so you can oversee the busy intersection of Clark and Illinois, then prepare for Carrie Nahabedian's serious, farm-focused food. 

#3 The Lobby at The Peninsula
Gordon Gekko would probably come here after a drink in the über masculine bar, but the floor-to-ceiling windows help illuminate other Masters of the Universe as well, even if it's in the middle of the day.

#4 Blackbird
Where New York City urban meets Midwestern sensibility - all in a minimalist setting emphasizing local ingredients.

#5 RL
I don't really care if Oprah eats here; the room and the scene just drip money. Isn't that what power is all about?

Honorable mention:

Topolobampo

The only 4-star in town open for lunch. I took the NY Times' R.W. Apple here once, and it was one of the best lunches of my life. 
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