North Pond

Restaurants, Contemporary American Lincoln Park
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North Pond

Okay, so technically you’re not eating outside, but when you’re only a few feet from a pond in the middle of Lincoln Park, you’re as close to nature as it gets in the city. Even more so when you sample chef Bruce Sherman’s latest creations, concocted with as much locally grown organic food as he can get his hands on. Sherman’s ever-changing offerings have included Gulf Shrimp and Manila Clam with black olive Capellini, snap peas, and carrot-shrimp broth topped with pecorino and crumbs, and Alaskan Halibut served with red and white quinoa, cucumbers, bing cherries, mint, and cucumber broth—perfectly lovely reminders of the time of year in case you can’t get a window table.

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Venue name: North Pond
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Address: 2610 N Cannon Dr
Chicago
60614
Cross street: between Fullerton Pkwy and Lake Shore Dr
Opening hours: Brunch (Sun), dinner (closed Mon)
Transport: El stop: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Diversey. Bus: 76, 77, 134, 143, 151, 156.
Price: Average main course: $35
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Heather P.
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Being a total food snob on a slightly better than ramen budget, I was ecstatic to learn North Pond was participating in Chef Week. It's one of those places I pass by all the time and think if only there were the right occasion or I found a stash of cash somewhere, I would be delighted to blow it all right here.

Made the reservation, no problem. I did not feel out of place as I feared I might. Service was incredibly attentive and our server although a bit stuffy, was very informative and knowledgeable, making suggestions and educating us throughout the meal.

We began with the amuse bouche, a smoked trout and blood orange bite. If only it weren't in poor taste to lick the plate...my friend didn't care for it (craziness) so I snatched it right up. Wasn't soon after that someone came around and took it away to bring the first course. Literally, I was holding the plate and they fought me to take it away. Next up was the corned beef and cabbage soup. Loved the presentation, loved the caraway bread. It was smooth, but the flavors were bold and exquisite. I opted for the seafood dish as my main course, a black bass with shrimp dish in a sauce I couldn't exactly recall. The best part about it were the shrimp. My friend had the beef. It was a flatiron steak. While the sauce was incredible and the shortrib portion that accompanied it was excellent, the cut of meat itself is rather difficult to chew and even though the flavors were all there, I had a hard time with the texture.

Desert was nothing I would ever go out of my way to order, it was described as a coconut and lime cake. With that being said, it was served alongside a scoop of jerk sorbet with a chocolate glass. Incredible. It was my favorite dish. I couldn't believe the flavors that were dancing in my mouth. That sorbet was out of this world! Last up after the check were the passion fruit gummies and olive oil cake bites. The gummies were like nothing I've ever tasted. Couldn't even justify them with an attempted description.

I enjoyed the wine pairings along with dinner. I'm not saying that I am a wine expert by any means, but I do enjoy my wine and none of the three course pairings blew me away.

Overall, service, charming ambiance, the different courses, getting to see the chef himself expediting the tickets on the floor, etc. all made up one of the most fine dining experiences I have ever encountered and while it kills me a little to spend that much on a single meal, I am glad I got to experience a Michelin star restaurant and especially one that I have passed by nearly everyday for the last five years.