photo by Huge Galdones Photography
Morgan suggests The Kitchen for its casual vibe, a great antidote to a day of pounding the sidewalks downtown. An import from Boulder, Colorado, where it’s a favorite hangout for its gastropub vibe and adventurous wine list, the Chicago branch is housed in a soaring space with views of the Chicago River and (soon-to-open) riverwalk. General manager Mike Elmore and head sommelier Shea Zimmerman have packed the list with seafood-friendly whites to complement the extensive raw bar (tip: the wrap-around bar is a great spot to unwind with, say, a 2004 Muscadet Le Clos from Château l’Oiseliniere and a pile of smoked mussels). There’s also a terrific collection of California and French chardonnays, from Lioco Sonoma Coast to Raveneau Valmur Chablis, and an array of reds heavy in Italian selections to match dishes like trofie alla bolognese.