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:|
71 W Monroe St
|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|