And now we move briefly to Chicago….For Great Food in a Luxurious Setting
Grand Lux Café, 600 North Michigan Ave, Chicago. Cnr Ontario /Michigan
Don’t let the name fool you: This is no ordinary café. Good food in beautiful surroundings in grand style, but not at a luxury price.
This great restaurant find in Chicago is an absolute delight. It’s bigger and grander than you’d realize from outside. The décor is opulent and very beautiful, tables with real linen cloths, but it’s not at all snooty (even though all the staff are in black and white) and the prices are reasonable. Wait staff are excellent and very friendly and the food is always good. It seems to be a local institution, as it’s invariably full, and is especially popular for weekend brunches.
Enter on Ontario and go upstairs on a long escalator and marvel at all the marble and art deco glitz and glitter: Walls, high ceilings and floors are all decorated—in lovely painted patterns, or designs in marble mosaic, and gorgeous glass lamps, all in brown, cream, amber, orange, yellow tones; Marble paneling, mosaics, pictures, molded ceilings, all in warm cream, gold, orange, yellow, brown colors; Interesting light fixtures, almost like hanging lilies.
If you get there early, soon after it opens, you may be lucky enough to get a table in the special small circular cupola room overlooking the corner of Michigan and Ontario—with high dome ceiling, a huge frieze, enormous picture windows down to Michigan Avenue—but the two other large rooms are still gorgeous. As you walk in, take a look at the decadent cakes on display and watch the army of kitchen help, who seem to work with amazing choreographed precision.
For an early lunch (11am) during the week, you can still have a luncheon omelette (4 fillings, plus side salad/French fries and bread for $10.95). A Bento Box lunch is also fun ($14.95), but there’s also a large choice of soups, salads, sandwiches, fish etc. Lunch is served 11am-5pm.
Since we’ve discovered the Grand Lux we’ve been many times and have never been disappointed. Weekly breakfast menu; Sunday brunch; morning meal (from lunch menu); dinner menu. They can easily handle a fairly large group too—Rod took conference people there and their group of 14 all sat together.
Saturday and Sunday brunch begins at 9am and ends at 2pm.
For information about the history of this place, the menu etc. go to: