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Friday, December 07, 2007

Kosher Back in Downtown Chicago

UPDATE (7/27/2009) Spertus does not currently have an on-site dining option regularly open to the public.

The drought is over reports Chicago's abc7:'s no surprise that up until recently, the only good kosher options were in West Rogers Park or Skokie. But now, kosher diners have two new options downtown, one of which is partnering with a well-known celebrity chef.
It's lunch hour at the brand new Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies in the South Loop, but unlike other options in the area, everything here is completely kosher. The result of a unique partnership with Wolfgang Puck....

...."The twist in this building is its under rabbinical supervision with the Chicago Rabbinical Council, but the food is the same bright, natural flavors that the chef is known for," Frankel said.
Anything from a grilled steak sandwich, to mini potato latkes; even a moist, spiced pumpkin sponge cake with a cranberry-apricot jelly. She says it will come as a relief to kosher eaters who previously had to bring their own lunch everyday...

...Over in Greektown, the Crowne Plaza Hotel has a sprawling restaurant -- Dine -- but within that restaurant, a gourmet kosher lunch-only option has been carved out. It's called the Metro Klub, and offers a fairly wide range of kosher options such as grilled chicken with vegetables, a buffalo chicken sandwich, even a vegan-friendly turtle cheesecake....

....Another bonus at Metro Klub is the free valet parking. Both restaurants are fleishig, which means they offer meat, but no dairy products.

Spertus Institute For Jewish Studies
610 S. Michigan Ave.

MetroKlub (inside Dine restaurant)
Crowne Plaza Hotel - Chicago Metro
Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
733 W. Madison St.
(free valet parking)

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