Taking Care of Business: 4 Chicago Meals to Close the Deal

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No matter the time of day, make the most of your meetings at these great restaurants
Fig & Olive
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Choose one of these complimentary delicious tasting plates with an order of a cocktail or glass of wine at Fig & Olive's aperitivo hour.

Conducting business is much more pleasant when done over a meal. Whether you’re meeting your boss or a prospective client, these suggestions for a meal any time are sure to score you some serious bonus points.

Brunch: Want to impress early? Go for brunch at the Signature Room on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Building. If the stunning views aren’t enough to make a statement, the extensive raw bar and unlimited entrées from chef Cardel Reid are sure to please even the most discerning client.

Lunch: Forget ordering in sandwiches to the conference room. Take lunch to a higher level at Mercat a la Planxa. The “Catalan Express” lunch offers two courses per person, with your choice of delicious dishes such as Serrano ham and fig salad, and shrimp and chorizo flatbread. Their traditional tapas and “a la planxa” selections are available as well.

After Work Drinks: If you’re looking to wind down after a long day of negotiations, try Fig & Olive. From 4 to 7 p.m. their happy hour highlights their unique cocktail selection. The purchase of a drink includes a complimentary tasting plate, with a choice of Italian, French, or Spanish-inspired dishes. Round the meal out with some of their specialty crostini or their buttery and decadent burrata.

Dinner: Sure, you can hit up the traditional Chicago steakhouse, or you can try SideDoor. A trendier sister to Lawry’s the Prime Rib, SideDoor offers that Midwestern charm with a modern spin. The roasted meat boards showcase the best cuts, and the decadent house-smoked pastrami will make your dining companions forget all about steak.

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