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Five Chicago Restaurants with Unique Atmospheres

By Travel Savvy

Unique Dining in Chicago

With over 7,300 restaurants in Chicago, it is difficult to pinpoint which dining destinations are the best. Sometimes, you just want to eat a good meal without having to think about it. 

Here at Travel Savvy, we've learned that atmosphere and ambience often distinguishes a good restaurant from a great one. Make the most of your trip to the Windy City and enjoy some noteworthy meals at these refreshingly unique places to eat! 

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Three Dots and a Dash

435 North Clark St.
(312) 610-4220
Sunday - Thursday: 5PM - 2AM; Friday: 4PM - 2AM; Saturday: 4PM - 3AM 

Three Dots and a Dash, the tiki bar and lounge located in the Near North Side neighborhood, takes you away from Chicago’s harsh cold nights and welcomes you to the South Pacific. With sunny paper umbrellas teetering on the edge of tall tropical drinks and a well-edited menu of Asian fusion bites, this destination bar is a must for all visitors and locals alike. Grab some friends and party into the night!

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Photo Credit: Bistro Campagne Facebook

Bistro Campagne

4518 North Lincoln Ave.
(773) 271-6100
Monday - Thursday: 5:30PM - 9:00PM; Friday: 5:30PM - 10:30PM; Saturday: 5:00PM - 10:30PM; Sunday: 11:00AM - 2:00PM (Brunch), 5:00PM - 9:00PM 

Bistro Campagne captures the true essence of a french bistro. The traditional bistro fare features seasonal ingredients and a frequently updated menu. Chef Adam Dittmer and his team are committed to supporting organic and sustainable farming, and make an effort to work with local midwest food purveyors.

Editor’s Tip: Live music every other Sunday from 5:30PM - Closing. 

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Photo Credit: Italian Village Facebook

Italian Village

71 West Monroe
(312) 332-7005
Monday - Thursday: 11:00AM - Midnight; Friday - Saturday: 11:00AM - 1:00AM; Sunday: 12:00PM - Midnight 

At 88-years-old, Italian Village is the longest existing Italian restaurant in the city, and is considered to be a true classic. Known to locals at the grandfather of Italian dining in Chicago, Italian Village is actually home to three restaurants -- The Village, La Cantina Chophouse, and Vivere -- each with their own executive chef and unique atmosphere. 

Located in the Loop and spread out over several floors, Italian Village is a known favorite for wine lovers. With a 35,000+ bottle selection, the institution has often been the recipient of Wine Spectator's Grand Award since 1984!

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Photo Credit: @tantachicago Instagram


118 West Grand Ave.
(312) 222-9700
Dinner Daily: 5:00PM; Lunch Monday - Saturday: 11:00AM - 2:30PM; Brunch Sunday: 11:00AM - 2:30PM

Dive into the Peruvian culture by eating at one of Chicago’s finest restaurants, Tanta. This local hotspot embodies Chicago’s downtown setting with the addition of conceptual designs that reflect the culture of Peru.

Come for their exquisite brunch and dinner, and don’t miss their selection of unique Peruvian cocktails. Grab one and head up to their recently added Rooftop Lunch, new this spring! 

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Photo Credit: @nacional27 Instagram

Nacional 27

325 West Huron St.
(312) 664-2727 
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30PM - 10:00PM; Friday: 3:00PM - Midnight; Saturday: 4:00PM - Midnight 

Nacional 27, one of Chicago’s most sought after Latin-inspired dining experiences, is part of the Lettuce Entertain You family, which means that you can expect great service and a perky atmosphere.  Lively Latin music piped over the entire dining area and salsa lessons on Wednesdays adds to the entertainment factor. Order the tapas platter to share and pair it with one of Nacional 27’s tropically inspired cocktails.


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