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In a town where top-notch eateries abound on nearly every corner, JW Marriott Chicago competes with two great restaurants, The Lobby Lounge and The Florentine. The Lobby Lounge hums with activity from breakfast through lunch, dinner and cocktails. The space itself has a heady, opulent feel — everywhere you turn there is marble and pops of gold and rich reds. The menu is international, with dishes such as white bean hummus and smoked pork belly flatbread. And while specialty liquors can be found on the drinks menu (small-batch whiskeys, craft beers), the Chicago-themed signature cocktails are worth a try — we like the Day Trader, made with peach-infused Maker’s Mark, maple syrup and fresh grapefruit.
The Florentine is an upscale Italian restaurant that feels a bit rustic, a bit clubby and totally chic. It is part of the BLT restaurant group (of New York) and serves pizza made in the wood-burning oven, and more elaborate main dishes such as Mediterranean sea bass, braised rabbit and mushroom and delicate goat cheese ravioli. A big lunchtime favorite, this spot on the second floor of the Chicago hotel is also open for breakfast and dinner, and boasts a huge wrap-around bar and an excellent wine list.