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8 Places to Power Lunch Like a CEO

These are the best spots to close a deal, impress a client or do business like a boss

Cochon Volant

As the end of the year draws near, many businesses are having final meetings, holiday luncheons, and client chats, so the “power lunch” is becoming a key meal of the work week. From delicious specials to welcoming interiors, Chicago has plenty of locations in and around the Loop that would be perfect for your lunch break. Here are our top picks …

Dolce Italian

At Dolce Italian at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago {27 West Huron Avenue, Chicago; 312.754.0700}, Chef Nate Cayer’s Northern Italian-inspired dishes—such as handmade Fettucine al Pesto, Tuna Tartare, and Tartufata pizza—transports guests to a chic and sophisticated ristorante in 1950’s Rome. Dolce Italian’s lunch special also offers signature menu items (Spaghetti al Pomodoro, Apple and Chicken Salad, and Margherita Pizza) for just $10 with a 3-ounce glass of wine or other beverage, so you can impress power-lunching guests without putting too much damage on the company card.

NoMi Kitchen

There are few more impressive views than the sweeping Michigan Avenue scenes from NoMi Kitchen in the Park Hyatt Hotel {800 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago; 312.239.4030}. From classic delicacies like East and West Coast Oysters to the Housemade Pastrami Sandwich with Comte cheese, pickles, and whole grain mustard. After lunch, you can also treat clients or your boss to leisurely drinks at NoMi Lounge or even a massage NoMi Spa.

Le Colonial

For an upscale luncheon, Le Colonial {937 North Rush Street, Chicago; 312-255-0088} is the perfect spot. All the unique salads are served over crunchy mesclun greens, with varieties including Goi Bun So with grilled sea scallops, garlic noodles, roasted peanuts, and a lime vinaigrette. Those feeling carnivorous can also dig into Bun Thit Nuong, made with barbecue pork, angel hair noodles, mesclun greens, and a lime garlic fish sauce. No matter the season, you can sit on their patio (covered during the winter) overlooking the glamorous Rush Street.

Roka Akor Chicago

Surviving the work week is difficult enough. Leave the lunch decision-making up to Executive Chef Ce Bian at Roka Akor {456 North Clark Street; 312.477.7652} by ordering the restaurant’s omakase menu. Lunch-goers will love the extensive multi-coursed offerings such as Butterfish Tataki with shiso and yuzu shallot dressing, the decadent sashimi platters, and Grilled Prime Skirt Steak with sweet garlic soy.

Carnivale

For a fun and exciting lunch spot, Carnivale {702 West Fulton Street, Chicago; 312.850.5005} should be your go to. With choices such as Yucatan Salmon, Arrachera Sandwich, and Criollo Half Chicken, guests can enjoy flavors from across the world. No matter what your mood, Carnivale is a delicious way to make a lasting impression on coworkers or clients.

Tanta Chicago

Located in the heart of River North, Tanta Chicago {118 West Grand Avenue, Chicago; 312.222.9700} is Chicago’s go-to Peruvian spot from Chef Gaston Acurio. For lunch, guests can enjoy the restaurant’s signature ceviche, along with favorites like chicharron sandwiches, Arroz Con Pollo, and more. If you’re in a hurry, guests can try in the Tanta’s “Power Lunch,” which includes ceviche mixto, calamari jaleita, and shrimp fried rice, for only $20. Tanta also offers Lunch Bebidas—and or crafted non-alcoholic drinks—made with with fresh fruits, sodas, and herbs, perfect for lunchtime imbibing.

Cochon Volant Brasserie

Right at the heart of the Loop, Cochon Volant’s {100 West Monroe Street, Chicago; 312-754-6560} proximity to Chicago’s business district is ideal for important meetings over lunch. Seating ranges from intimate cafe tables to large banquettes, great for accommodating groups of any size. Plus, the French-inspired menu has something for everyone. Order any of the brasserie’s impressive salads, like the Boeuf and Bleu Salad with prime steak, egg, thick cut bacon, roquefort cheese, and house buttermilk ranch. Or, tackle the restaurant’s famous Le Cheeseburger Royale for a big bite lunch option!

The Signature Room

The Signature Room {875 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago; 312.787.9596} at the 95th floor of the John Hancock is one of the most iconic restaurants in Chicago to take out-of-towners. It’s particularly a great spot to impress prospective clients, employers or colleagues with its elegant ambiance and sweeping views of the cityscape, Lake Michigan, and beyond. It also was featured on CNBC’s “The Profit,” in which Marcus Lemonis closed a deal—so you know it’s a great spot for business!

By Kaleigh Glaza | Online Editor