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What goes better together than great music and food?

Now that generous WFMT listeners have been kind enough to clue me in to the best music in Chicago, I turn once more to this most valuable resource for dining advice.

Several of my friends back in New York City assure me that Chicago has everything culinary that the Big Apple can boast, and perhaps even more bang for your buck. Where do you go for epicurean delights to complement your musical diet? What food tunes your mood for a Mahler symphony or a Puccini opera? Where does one go in Chicago to combine the dining and musical experiences?

I’m completely omnivorous, so don’t hold back. Tell me about the best traditional steak house in addition to the newest ethnic restaurant sensation.


  • Carl will already have told you this, but Tre Kroner on Foster Ave. is truly wonderful. I really believe they have my Norwegian grandmother’s cookbook. And be sure to arrange to have their Julbord sometime in December. The best!

  • Anonymous

    Joy Yee's is great…there's one in Evanston and one in Chinatown. Review and some video on WFMT's sister station site here:;=1&;=9

  • when you said, “wow that was some violent eating” after one of the feasting songs you play i could not stop laughing….keep up the humor george.

  • Is Geja’s still around? GREAT fondue place. Leave the kids at home though 😉

  • Anonymous

    Well,within walking distance from Symphony Center,Park Grill is a wonderful prelude or postlude to a performance. We’ve only been twice,but I highly recommend the peppercorn crusted kobe burger,with gorgonzola, balsamic grilled onions and grain mustard on a pretzel bun.It’s not cheap,but I would say it’s the best burger I’ve ever had.

  • Anonymous

    Something about some live music(Sunday evening) oysters, and a couple cold ones at Shaw's that keep me coming back.The dining room is nice – the oyster bar is more fun.JPS

  • Within easy striking distance of both Symphony Center and the opera house is a Chicago institution, the Italian Village. You get not one, but three, dining rooms to choose from. Vivere, at street level, is more haute cuisine than the others. La Cantina downstairs, and the Village upstairs (a must-see), are atmospheric and serve more traditional Italian cuisine — just the thing to set you in the mood for an evening of Verdi.

  • Larry K

    Nobody answered your request for a steakhouse recommendation — but the quintessential Chicago steakhouse is Gene & Georgetti, and the alternate is its spin-off Erie Cafe. Unlike the chains, G & G includes salad and their signature cottage fries with their comparably priced steaks.