The Village

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Photograph: Max Herman
Italian Village
Loop

Like Millennium Park, Water Tower and Navy Pier, this windowless red-sauce joint is more tourist attraction than restaurant. In fact, it’s a downright theme park, the entire room designed to look like an Italian village, complete with businesses, a perpetually-revolving water wheel and a mischievous black cat in the corner. Like most theme parks, the focus is more on the experience than the food, a point the weakly executed minestrone and soggy pizza only reinforces. If we were you, we’d take advantage of the hearty lasagna and the extensive wine list. After a glass or two, the decor can get pretty convincing.

Venue name: The Village
Contact:
Address: 71 W Monroe St
Chicago

Cross street: between Clark and Dearborn Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 11am–midnight; Fri, Sat 11am–1am; Sun noon–midnight
Transport: El stop: Blue, Red to Monroe; Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Adams. Bus: 1, 7, X28, 126, 151.
Price: Average main course: $14
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