Published on April 20, 2016

8 Chicago Spots to Grab With a Group

On the lookout for restaurants that will not only fit a group but also be crowd-pleasers? Take the stress out of celebrating, whether it’s planning a party, doubling up on date night, getting the team together or spending some quality time with the family. 

Here are 8 places to grab a bite with a group in Chicago.

1. BAR TAKITO (Fulton Market)

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A Latin-inspired concept filled with funky murals and vibrant flavors, Bar Takito creates a go-to atmosphere for kicking back with friends at the end of the day. Mexican, Central and South American vibes inspire the menu of seasonal shared plates, ceviches, seafood and tacos, while a variety of flavorful bitters, hops, malt and spirits inform the creative drinks.

2. BELLYQ (West Loop)

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A place for co-workers and the after-work crowd to come together, bellyQ’s boldly flavored Asian barbecue offers creatively prepared fare with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Bring any-sized party to the industrial-chic space with a full-bar lounge, built-in hibachi table grills, a spacious main room, private dining areas and even a karaoke room to kick it up a notch.

3. THE BRISTOL (Bucktown)

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Great for an evening out with family, The Bristol is a New American gastropub offering comforting dishes, handcrafted cocktails and a curated wine list to complement the meal. Enjoy fresh ingredients gathered from farmers, foragers and artisan craftsmen, in an airy dining space filled with communal tables.  


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An ideal spot for catching up with friends over dinner, Kinmont Restaurant offers shellfish towers, shareable appetizers and an ever-changing menu of seafood-centric entrees to satisfy every craving.  


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Great for double dates or a group, The Promontory is a restaurant and music venue that offers modern hearth cooking in a relaxed atmosphere with a spacious dining room and bar seating. Order up a mix of small plates or heartier fare to go along with refreshing drafts or bottled beers and craft cocktails.

6. THE GAGE (The Loop)

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A neighborhood favorite for family gatherings, business meetings or lunches, The Gage is known for its inventive American comfort food and warm, lively setting. Tuck into a comfortable leather booth and order from a list of handcrafted cocktails and a wide range of draft beers and wines.

7. THE COTTON DUCK (Ukrainian Village)

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The Cotton Duck serves up seasonal New American fare inspired by their onsite, rotating art gallery, fit for an evening out with friends. Sit back and relax at this BYOB restaurant with a relaxed, earthy vibe — complete with stone garden-style floors and outdoor seating.

8. CHICAGO Q (Gold Coast)

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The perfect spot for reconnecting with friends or family, Chicago q offers Southern charm and comfort alongside their award-winning American barbecue fare. Shareable, classic sides and a selection of beers, wines and bourbons complement the spicy, smoky cuisine in the bar and dining room, as well as in the upstairs wine and liquor room.

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