Slogging with our luggage from the blue line to our hotel after a ridiculously long flight from the west coast (stupid airlines), my husband and I spotted exactly where we wanted to return for dinner. We saw the tavern along the river, but weren't sure how to get down there. (Look for the sign prominently posted on the street-level elevator to the river level.) We were greeted immediately by a welcoming staff who took care of us from the moment we arrived until the moment we left. We did have to wait for a table, but not long enough to finish our beers. (Excellent choices of beer, draught and bottled, served by people who know beer.) We were seated shoreside and had the pleasure of a chat with people who arrived by boat, put in their orders, and ate on their boat deck. The wait staff worked efficiently but didn't not act hassled or harried (a very busy night) so we never felt like we were an imposition. (That can happen in busy, up-venue places.) The owner greeted diners, chatted a bit, and had time to tell us about his background, concept, and hopes for his restaurant. It is clear that he and his staff love what they do. A fabulous meal for a very reasonable price. And we had time to enjoy the one of the other major streets of Chicago -- the River.
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