Pair some of the best Chicago restaurants with our top theater and performing arts venues.

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Whether you're looking for Chicago date ideas or just fun things to do in Chicago with friends and family, you can't go wrong with dinner and a show. Pick a performance suiting your interests, and try one of these delectable restaurants near Chicago theaters.

Pre-theater dining in Chicago has never been easier with this guide:



Planning to experience Broadway in Chicago? Before watching a Broadway production at the majestic 1906 Bank of America Theatre, slide into the leather booths for hearty American fare (with proud Irish influences) at the upscale tavern/restaurant The Gage, or grab a quick bite to eat at either Rosebud Prime or Rosebud Theater District, two options from the homegrown Italian steakhouse chain.

If you're catching a musical or new show at the regal Cadillac Palace Theatre, splurge with a reserveration at Prime & Provisions, a slick American steakhouse just a quick stroll two block up on Clark Street along the Chicago River.

And just a couple blocks from the lavish Oriental Theatre, you'll find handmade ravioli with creative fillings and main dishes with a sustainable focus in a cozy environment at the subterranean Loop gem Trattoria No. 10.



Nosh on Catalan-inspired tapas from Chef Jose Garces at Mercat a la Planxa or casual French dishes at Brasserie by LM before heading to Michigan Avenue's storied Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, where classic ballet performances, contemporary dance and philharmonic concerts come to life.

If you're planning an evening at Symphony Center to see the preeminent conductor Riccardo Muti lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, enjoy Mediterranean-inspired dishes at the on-site restaurant Tesori, approachable Italian cuisine at Acanto or German classics at local Chicago institution The Berghoff Restaurant.

If Lyric Opera of Chicago is your final destination, start out with artful cuisine from James Beard Award-winning chef Paul Kahan at the ultra-modern Blackbird, or go back in time with rustic, seasonal dishes at the award-winning Sepia, housed in an 1890 print shop.

Catch exciting, diverse performances of music and dance at the Harris Theater, and grab a bite to eat at Millennium Park's Park Grill Chicago, casual spot Tavern at the Park or American steakhouse III Forks.  



For pre- or post-theater dining near the groundbreaking Steppenwolf Theatre Company, head to Michelin-starred contemporary American restaurant BOKA, where innovative, seasonal dishes are served in a whimsical yet sophisticated atmosphere. For a laidback experience, go further up the street to Stella Barra for artisan pizzas and biodynamic wines. Its adjoining sister restaurant Summer House offers a special three-course Steppenwolf menu ($48 per person) of wood-fired dishes and locally-sourced ingredients. Another of Steppenwolf's recommended restaurants faces the theater if you need to dash to your seat: the lofty, earth-toned space at Balena sets the scene for snacks like spiced olives and dishes from the hardwood grill such as charred brussels sprouts and roasted chicken thigh.

For theatergoers planning an evening at the cutting-edge powerhouse Lookingglass Theatre Company, try the three-course dinner ($35 per person) at Sophie's at Saks Fifth Avenue with sweeping Michigan Avenue views as your backdrop, or sample modern-day interpretations of French classics at gastronomic bistro Bistronomic. For a more casual scene, go with a slice of wood-fired pizza or fresh pasta from top chef Tony Mantuano at Bar Toma across the street, then finish up with a scoop of homemade gelato from their colorful display case.

Whether you're catching a big production or intimate play at Goodman Theatre, its prime location in the heart of the downtown Loop theater and shopping district makes it easy to find a dining spot. Dine on classic American dishes, prime steaks and fresh seafood at the old-school Italian supper club Petterino's connected right next door. The partner restaurant has exclusive discounts and deals for theater patrons. 

The Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier boasts innovative takes on Shakespeare classics and passionate, imaginative plays. For dinner, stick with the pier's premier seafood restaurant with a crab dinner (and breathtaking views) at Riva.



No trip to Chicago would be complete without experiencing the premier talent at one of the comedy clubs. Before laughing the night away at sketch comedy, standup and improv in the Old Town neighborhood — home to The Second CityUP Comedy Club and Zanies Comedy Nightclub — try a unique meal at Perennial Virant, known for creating meals with pickles, preserves and aigre-doux. French classics and an authentic atmosphere can be found at Bistrot Margot, and exquisite Italian is served up at family-owned Orso's, also within walking distance.

Before catching a concert from big name headliners or a comedy performance at The Chicago Theatre on State Street in the downtown Loop, enjoy American cuisine, classic cocktails and even live jazz in the lively Tortoise Supper Club, a handsome hangout just past the river two blocks north.



For budget-hunters, this annual two-week celebration of Chicago's world-class theater is the perfect way to catch a show without spending a fortune. Each February during Chicago Theatre Week, visitors and locals can choose from more than 100 productions, with tickets specially priced at $15 and $30 (or less).

Rosebud Theater District
70 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 332-9500
Trattoria No. 10
10 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 984-1718
65 E. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 786-9911
Lyric Opera of Chicago
20 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 860
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 827-5600
The Joffrey Ballet
Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 739-0120
Mercat A La Planxa
638 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 765-0524
Rosebud Prime
One S. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 384-1900
III Forks
180 N. Field Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 938-4303
The Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 E. Randolph Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 334-2400
Blackbird Restaurant
619 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 715-0708
Park Grill
11 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 521-7275
150 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 422-0150
BOKA Restaurant
1729 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 337-6070
Perennial Virant
1800 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 981-7070
Berghoff Restaurant
17 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 427-3170
Tavern at the Park
130 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 552-0070
123 N. Jefferson St.
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 441-1920
840 N. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 944-8400
18 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 578-0763
The Gage
24 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 372-4243
Bar Toma
110 E. Pearson St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 266-3110
Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 443-3800
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
1650 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 335-1650
Lookingglass Theatre Company
821 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 337-0665
1633 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 867-3888
The Chicago Theatre
175 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 462-6300
Tortoise Supper Club
350 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 755-1700
Stella Barra Pizzeria
1954 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 634-4101
Summer House Santa Monica
1954 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 634-4100
Orso's Restaurant
1401 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 787-6604
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
800 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 595-5600
UP Comedy Club
230 W. N. Ave., 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 662-4562
Prime & Provisions
222 N. LaSalle
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 726-7777
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