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Where to Eat Before the MODA Show

Where to Eat Before the MODA Show

As the date of the MODA show quickly approaches, now is the time to keep procrastinating that p-set and book reservations for before you ooh and ahh at all the fabulous designs. What better way to get yourself pumped than some tasty food and fancy drinks, right?

Here are some MODA blogger approved restaurants in The Drake's surrounding Streeterville and Gold Coast neighborhoods!

Great Food, Good Prices ($)

LuxBar

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Complete with oysters, easy salads, and sandwiches, this is a perfect place for some good quality simple food before the show. 

Menu Highlights: Oysters, Kale and Avocado Salad, Lux Royale Burger, and many more here

18 E. Bellevue Place // Reserve here 

Velvet Taco

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Tacos are always a good idea, and here they come in a plethora of global flavors. 

Menu Highlights: Buffalo Chicken, Annatto Shredded Pork, and many more here.

1110 N. State Street // First come, first serve (a.k.a. get there early!)

Beatrix

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Praised for "taste over trend," Beatrix is the perfect destination for simple ingredients and great tasting food before the show. 

Menu Highlights: Lemon Ricotta Ravioli, Chicken Wellington, Shaved Cauliflower and Winter Citrus Salad, and many more here

671 North St. Clair Street // Reserve here 

Doc B's Fresh Kitchen

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The perfect place for a quick burger, pizza, salad, or sandwich – Doc B's brings quality food at a great price point. 

Menu Highlights: The Napa, Mr. Walton, Black Tiger Shrimp Salad, and many more here.

100 East Walton Street // Reserve on OpenTable


Feeling Fancy ($$)

3 Arts Club Cafe

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An aesthetic Instagram feed dream, the 3 Arts Club Cafe is located in the Restoration Hardware showrooms and furnished completely with RH designs. It is the perfect place for a quick bite, drink, or pot of tea. 

Menu Highlights: Truffled Grilled Cheese, Burrata, Artisanal Prosciutto, and many more here

1300 North Dearborn Street // First come, first serve (a.k.a. get there early!). 

Pump Room

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As a venue for one of our blogger brunches, Pump Room is a delicious spot for any time of day. 

Menu Highlights: Black Truffle Flatbread, Homemade Pastas, Tuna Tartare, and many more here

1301 North State Parkway // Reserve here

The Purple Pig

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As a well known culinary icon of Chicago, The Purple Pig is one of the restaurants that sparked my desire to taste various foods outside of my comfort zone.

Menu Highlights: Pork Jowl, Smears, Loukoumades, and many more here

500 North Michigan Avenue // First come, first serve (a.k.a. get there early!)

Jellyfish

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For all my sushi loving pals out there, Jellyfish is a beautiful experience for all things fish and rice. 

Menu Highlights: Lobster Mango Roll, Angry Jalapeno, and many more here

1009 N. Rush Street // Reserve on Open Table


Major Treat Yo'self ($$$)

Le Colonial

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Beautiful decor and French-Vietanamese cuisine - what's not to love? 

Menu Highlights: Ga Nuong XaBun Thit Nuong, and many more here

937 N. Rush St. // Reserve here.

Spiaggia

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Boasting about their menu as a "tribute to Italian cuisine - modern, refined, and beautiful in its simplicity," Spiaggia is a lovely treat-yourself experience before the show. I have been here for lunch before and can definitely testify for any of their gnocchi creations. 

Menu Highlights: Carne Cruda, Risotto alla Milanese, and many more here. There is also a tasting menu if you're feeling extra fancy here

980 N. Michigan Avenue // Reserve on Open Table  

Fig & Olive

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While I can personally vouch for the rich and decadent french toast and blood orange mimosa at brunch, I am currently browsing the menu and drooling as I procrastinate SOSC readings. Did someone say truffle risotto and rosemary lamb chops? 

Menu Highlights: Signature Crostini, Truffle Risotto, Rosemary Lamb Chops, and many more here

104 E. Oak St. // Reserve on Open Table 

Maple & Ash

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Another restaurant topping my Chicago Foodie Bucket List (read: they have a martini lounge). 

Menu Highlights: Grilled Whole Branzino, Filet Minion, and even "I Don't Give a F*@K" where they bring you whatever they think you will enjoy and savor - see the full menu here

8 W. Maple St. // Reserve here

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