Chicago spots with rich history serve some delicious upscale cuisine

Mon. April 23, 2018 12:00 AM
by Jerry Nunn

Dress Up Dining

Formerly in the McCormick & Schmick's space at 41 E Chestnut St., is new place to devour seafood thanks to the Truluck's group. The Texas chain that specializes in fresh Florida stone crab is ready to fill stomachs in the Gold Coast this season.

Be warned, upon entering there is a dress code and business casual is epxected. Truluck's Seafood Steak & Crab House has spared no expense in improving the restaurant and It has paid off with upscale decor including breathtaking chandeliers.

The lounge provides live music at select times and one of the LGBT communities favorite's was onhand the night I visited, none other than Molly Callihan from Catfight was belting out tunes while the grand piano backing her up.

Pair the entertainment with appetizers such as the crab claws or crab cakes. Then head into the combination platters that adds shrimp, oysters and lobsters into the mix.

You can't go wrong with a surf and turf option that includes a seven ounce filet with a five ounce lobster tail.

For cocktails a must try is the Voila! that includes vodka, Chambord, cava, rasberries, and dry ice for a smoke show.

Visit or call 312-982-0050 for more information today.

Another restaurant that is rich in history is the Union League Club of Chicago at 65 Jackson Blvd. A hosted dinner gave some early diners a chance to sample some food recently and it definitley did not disappoint.

Chef Doug D'Avico taught a cooking demonstration on how to properly cook calamari. He was very helpful with questions then moved the group into a private room available for parties, where we tried various courses paired with wine.

This is another place where casual attire is not allowed, so dress for success.

After filling up on calorites, there is even a health and fitness area offered on six floors 80 hours a week.

An art collection, a distinguished library, and cultural programming are all included in the experience.

Visit or call 312-427-7800 for more information.

Having seen the various spaces transform over the years for events and pack in the crowds has really shown the potential for such a special venue. Discuss joining the Club and treat yourself today!