Ritz-Carlton Cafe | Gold Coast/Mag Mile/Streeterville | Global/Fusion/Eclectic | Restaurant
Elegant 12th-floor atrium cafe and bar with expensive yet casual fare for tourists and shoppers.

Our Review

OK, I admit it. I like hanging out at hotel bars. If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it. And here’s a favorite hideaway for when you are feeling very rainy-days-and-Mondays. Sneak through the throngs of suburban shoppers dotting the landscape of Water Tower and head back to the elevator for the Ritz. Don’t freak out about the cost just yet. Have you got ten bucks? Ten measly bucks will get you a ginormous cup of hot cocoa served with chocolate butter cookies, a mound of cool chocolate mousse studded with flakes of shaved chocolate, and homemade marshmallows which will float like life preservers in the perfectly hot, not-too-sweet cocoa. You’ll sit in one of the sofas, perhaps, underneath the greenhouse windows, and you’ll lean your head back and look up the side of the John Hancock. Or impress a date by bringing her here at night when it’s almost never crowded. Have a delicious chocolate martini, a bite of dessert, or something off the appetizer menu and listen to the live piano music while you wonder what it is about the combination of 80s upholstery, Greek tilework, and the center-stage 70s-era fountain that make this place feel like the basement of some distant aunt with too much money and too little taste--but in a good way.

Marcia K. Brenner

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