For Red or Brown-liners, the West Loop can seem like the next state over. But the West Loop has some of the coolest/fanciest places in town. I like going here when I’m trying to show off the best that the city has to offer. This itinerary for the evening is about 5 hours long, but can extend to all night if you want to go clubbing afterwards. Dress to the 9’s and prepare to eat, drink, and dance at the best venues in Chicago.
A word of warning when following this itinerary: it is $$$$, but it’s incredible. It’s also best for those with lots of energy.
1. Start your night off at Moto. Its concept is beautiful, sustainable, molecular gastronomic creations. You can choose between an 8-course or 16-course tasting menu with a beverage pairing option. Make a reservation long ahead of time.
2. Continue the molecular gastronomy theme next door at the Aviary. They literally have a guy whose job it is to make ice. There are apparently 36 different kinds you can make. One of these drinks comes out in basically a chemistry set. One of my favorite drinks is the ice ball in a whiskey glass that disintegrates and becomes the drink when you break it using a weight on a rubber band. If you go early enough, you can walk in, but reservations are recommended. Outdoor seating is first come first serve. For even more exclusivity, make a reservation at their hidden downstairs speakeasy, The Office. You need to be invited and be given the number to call. Both areas have food too.
3. To keep the night going, go party at The Mid. It’s two floors with multiple rooms, really hot bartenders (of course), and really good DJ’s. People actually dance here. Just don’t go outside once you’re in because they won’t let you back in most of the time.