Picture the dining scene this weekend at Grant Park:
The well-heeled crowds. The seared veal sweetbreads. The precisely measured small-batch bourbon
Okay, so maybe all you’re seeing is sweaty people eating turkey legs—possibly while wearing garbage bag
So picture this instead: Grant Park on Thursday... and a little to the left.
Coming into view: Tribute
, the cornerstone of a quickly renovating Essex Inn, offering a front-row
seat to summer in Chicago and accepting reservations now.
through the Essex lobby
—but don’t look down. The soon-to-be-updated carpet is a relic of that
infamous palm tree era in hotel carpeting. Besides, by the time you reach Tribute’s glass doors, your mind
will be consumed by more important matters. Mainly, drinking a spiced-rum Tattooed Stranger
sleek, narrow lounge with stunning floor-to-ceiling park views.
But at heart, this place is ready for whatever you throw at it:
A dinner party of seared duck, pork belly and short ribs
... under a chandelier made from wine barrels and vintage
celluloid strips of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland
. No problem. Clandestine afternoon rendezvous
spent in a snug circular booth eating oyster po’boys and drinking rosé from a tap. Naturally. Morning
business confabs of hanger steaks and eggs held under lighting made from nuclear-blast-resistant
We’ll take them at their word.
800 S Michigan Ave
(at E 8th St)
Chicago, IL 60605