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Vettel: Pearl Brasserie brings seafood with French flair to the Loop

I give Pearl Brasserie, 180 North Wacker Drive, two stars. This is a solid, dependable restaurant, and if you’re ever in the Loop around 5 p.m., the happy hour discounts are terrific.

172-198 N. Wacker Dr.

    Vettel: Pearl Brasserie brings seafood with French flair to the Loop
    CHICAGO -- Part oyster bar and part bistro, Pearl Brasserie produces classic French dishes in a 1920s Paris atmosphere complete with marble-topped bar, brass fixtures and dark wood. The lunch and bar menus have great options for those in a hurry.

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Chicago Restaurant Week guide: Phil Vettel's list of best bets

Blackbird, 619 W. Randolph St. Four-star dining for $22; that’s the lure at Blackbird. Skimming through the menu...

Gene & Georgetti, 500 N. Franklin St. and 9421 W. Higgins Road, Rosemont. G&G’s city and suburban locations are part of CRW this year. The lunch menu includes a sirloin-steak sandwich, along with beet-orange salad, pistachio-crusted whitefish and tuxedo mousse cheesecake.

Pearl Brasserie, 180 N. Wacker Drive. The newest casual-French restaurant in the Loop makes its CRW debut with a three-course menu that includes tomato soup with mini grilled cheese, chicken milanese, prime burger and apple tart.

Tanta, 118 W. Grand Ave. The three-course ($44) menu includes Peruvian favorites, such as cebiche, lomo saltado and chihoakay marino.

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Beacon Tavern, 405 N. Wabash Ave. I really like the blackened-redfish sandwich here, and it’s part of Beacon Tavern’s three-course lunch menu. Other dishes include an eggplant-parmigiana sandwich, Brussels sprouts-kale salad and clam chowder. Dinner and brunch menus also available.

Chez Joel, 1119 W. Taylor St. The three-course lunch menu is loaded with bistro classics, including moules frites, boeuf aux champignons, profiterole and creme brulee. Dinner menu also available.

Cindy’s, 12 S. Michigan Ave. Assuming it isn’t blizzarding, the glass-enclosed rooftop restaurant should offer beautiful Millennium Park views along with its lunch menu, which includes gnocchi parisienne and chocolate quesillo with maple-pecan ice cream.

The Kitchen, 316 N. Clark St. Part of me wonders what “seasonal bruschetta” means in late January, but the rest of the lunch menu (turkey burger with Sriracha aioli, pasta bolognese, creme fraiche panna cotta) has me sold. Dinner menu also available.

Marisol, 205 E. Pearson St. The restaurant inside Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art has a lunch menu that includes the signature Marisol salad, porchetta sandwich and a veggie cheeseburger. And when you’re finished, you can wander around the museum for a while.

Portsmith, 660 N. State St. Decisions, decisions. The $22 lunch and $33 dinner both appeal (the latter has that upscale “fish and chips” dish I like), but the lunch menu offers “fried fish and waffle” with Dark Matter (local coffee) maple syrup, and that tips the scales for me. Eat early.

Booth One, 1301 N. State Parkway. Classic glamour is back at the former Pump Room, which is offering a four-course...

City Mouse, 311 N. Morgan St. Plenty of options for guests who try the three-course ($44) dinner menu: at least four choices per course (five entree options). Bring friends.

HaiSous, 1800 S. Carpenter St. A first-time participant, HaiSous was one of the best restaurants to open in 2017...

Lena Brava, 900 W. Randolph St. Rick Bayless’ open-fire restaurant joins the CRW club with a four-course ($44) menu that includes a vegetarian option in every course. In fact, the vegetarian dishes — including the superb grill-roasted pineapple with hazelnut salsa macha — all sound terrific.

The Loyalist, 177 N. Ada St. Last month, Bon Appetit ranked the Loyalist’s cheeseburger as one of the three best burgers in the nation. Said burger, along with the tempura-fried chicken sandwich and other treats, is part of the restaurant’s three-course ($33) dinner menu.

Margeaux Brasserie, 11 E. Walton St. Michael Mina’s gorgeous Parisian brasserie comes with Gold Coast prices, which makes the three-course ($33) dinner option (including smoked-salmon tartine, blanquette de veau and dark-chocolate pot de creme) especially attractive.

Mercat a la Planxa, 638 S. Michigan Ave. For a taste of Barcelona and other Spanish-inspired dishes, check out Mercat’s three-course ($44) menu of savory choices, including cannelloni stuffed with short rib and chicken, with a creamy foie gras and truffle bechamel.

Naha, 500 N. Clark St. Lunch is so popular during CRW that chef/owner Carrie Nahabedian routinely adds extra tables to the dining room. I prefer the relative quiet of the three-course dinner menu ($44), with dishes such as “popcorn” polenta with goat cheese and mushrooms.

Split-Rail, 2500 W. Chicago Ave. Dueling five-course ($44) menus at Split-Rail invite you to choose between menus inspired by “Seinfeld” (yes, there’s soup for you) and “Friends.” Each dish is listed with the episode that inspired it. A binge-watcher’s dream.

Bad Hunter, 802 W. Randolph St. Not surprisingly, the lunch and brunch menus are heavily veggie-focused, though there is a...

Bar Siena, 832 W. Randolph St. Bar Siena offers lunch, dinner and brunch CRW menus, but I’m especially intrigued by...

Bistronomic, 840 N. Wabash Ave. Martial Noguier always rises to the CRW occasion. This year’s brunch menu is especially intriguing. The three-course menu is $22, or $39 with bottomless mimosas. (There’s an hour-and-a-half time limit on the elbow-bending.) Lunch and dinner menus also available.

Ella Elli, 1349 W. Cornelia Ave. A CRW newbie, the flashy Ella Elli offers dinner and brunch menus, the latter including poached-egg avocado toast, mushroom-artichoke quiche and stuffed brioche French toast.

Mon Ami Gabi, 2300 N. Lincoln Park West and 260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook. MAG’s city and suburban locations are part of...

Smoke Daddy, 1804 W. Division St. Like Remington, a 4 Star Restaurant Group property, also offering a “cocktail course” (bloody mary or mimosa) as part of its three-course brunch menu. Dishes include blueberry cornbread and pulled-pork Benedict. Lunch and dinner menus also available.

    Chicago Restaurant Week guide: Phil Vettel's list of best bets
    In 2008, Chicago's very first Restaurant Week featured 35 restaurants. The 11th annual Chicago Restaurant Week, which begins Jan. 26 and runs through Feb. 8 (yes, it lasts two weeks) boasts more than 370 city and suburban participants. I'd call that a success story.

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What's The Cheapest Rental Available In the West Loop, Right Now?

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This studio apartment, situated at 168 North Desplaines St. (at N Desplaines St. & Lake St.), is listed for $1,685 / month. In the unit, expect to find both air conditioning...

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Here's a studio apartment at 1222 West Madison St. (at W Madison St. & S Racine Ave.), which is going for $1,695 / month. The building features garage parking, a fitness center...

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    Finding a good deal can be a challenge if you're apartment hunting on a budget. So what does the low-end rent on a rental in the West Loop look like these days--and what might you get for your money?

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Riverfront office and apartment complex among projects OK’d by Plan Commission

...Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood and an amendment allowing the previously approved office tower at 110 N. Wacker Drive to increase its floor area by 100,000 square feet...

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...office and residential complex known as 700 at The River District was OK’d at 700 W. Chicago Avenue in River West. A joint venture between Tribune Media and Riverside Investment & Development, the redevelopment...

...in favor of a proposed redevelopment Old Town’s Father and Son Plaza at the 600 block of W. North Avenue. Developed by White Oak Realty Partners and designed by FitzGerald Associates Architects, the mixed-use...

...s meeting saw the Commissioners approve plans for a one-story warehouse project planned at 2445 S. Rockwell Street in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood and an amendment allowing the previously approved office tower...

Commission approves 12-story, 261-unit building at 609 W. North Ave. The developer of the $128 million project will provide seven affordable units on site and pay $2.37 million into the Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund. pic.twitter.com/QkDQUcotOF — Chicago DPD (@ChicagoDPD) January 18, 2018

    Riverfront office and apartment complex among projects OK'd by Plan Commission
    While River North's skyline-altering One Chicago Square was arguably the most high-profile project to be approved Thursday by the Chicago Plan Commission, it wasn't the only major development to get the nod. A seven-acre office and residential complex known as 700 at The River District was OK'd at 700 W.

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Lunchbreak: Bun Rieu, a Vietnamese soup

567 W. Lake St.

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    Lunchbreak: Bun Rieu, a Vietnamese soup
    Mary Nguyen Aregoni, Restaurateur and Founder of Saigon Sisters & Bang Chop Thai Kitchen Saigon Sisters locations: 567 W. Lake St. 131 N. Clinton St. 251 E. Huron St. 300 N. LaSalle St. Bang Chop Thai locations: 605 W. Lake St. 300 N. LaSalle St.

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