14 of the Best Restaurants For Group Dining in Chicago

Eater Chicago |
Nicole Schnitzler |
Oct 8, 2018
Original Article: "14 of the Best Restaurants For Group Dining in Chicago"

Finding a great restaurant that can accommodate a large group doesn’t have to be hard

Between reservation policies, cumbersome orders, and splitting the bill 10 ways, let’s face it — dining with a big group isn’t always easy. Thankfully, plenty of Chicago restaurants are now on the case, helping to make large party experiences less stressful and more of exactly what it should be — fun. From a pizza must on the Mag Mile to a dim sum destination in Chinatown, here are the 14 best spots to check out now with a crowd.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

When Lettuce Entertain You opened this Lincoln Park mainstay in 1985, founding chef Gabino Sotelino knew he wanted to create a menu designed to share. Not much has changed in the 30 years since, and crowds still flock to the restaurant for a variety of tapas, pintxos, and paella, while embracing a lively atmosphere and year-round patio. Sangrias are available in six different flavors, from black raspberry and passion fruit to white peach and traditional — try a flight to avoid any feelings of FOMO.

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