Smith & Wollensky

Photograph: Chris Lake
Smith and Wollensky
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The riverside location of this steak-and-chops joint is such a big part of Chicago’s vibe that it may surprise you to learn it’s not a Windy City original (the chain started in New York in 1977). Nevertheless, it still hangs with the big boys. Here’s how: a creamy and slightly smoky split-pea soup; an all-American wine list; and, of course, those big, fat steaks, all of which are consistently cooked to perfection. (But steer clear of the New York strip. You know, just on principle.)

Venue name: Smith & Wollensky
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Address: 318 N State St
Chicago

Cross street: between Kinzie and Hubbard Sts
Opening hours: Lunch, dinner
Transport: El stop: Red to Grand; Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Merchandise Mart. Bus: 22, 29, 36.
Price: Average main course: $40
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