We’ve all been there. You’re enjoying a meal with your friends – until the bill arrives. It rolls across the table like a medieval scroll, and just keeps going. You didn’t even get a bite of that risotto, and come to think of it, you barely drank any wine. When did Robin find time to order three martinis? The sweat starts, and you try to remember how much money is left in your bank account as you kick yourself for agreeing to this dinner in the first place.

This situation is avoidable. Not every group dinner needs to be an all-out event. Here’s our guide to 22 spots where you can hang out, eat some high-quality food, and not feel like you need to hire an accountant to manage the bill.


If you want to eat with your friends, but don’t want to undo all the hard work you just did at that spin class together, Beatrix has you covered. Their menu of kind-of-healthy options will appeal to everyone in the group, and there are three locations in the city (West Loop, River North, and Streeterville), all of which are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.