Best First-Date Chicago Restaurants: The Refinery in Old Town
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Best First-Date Chicago Restaurants: The Refinery in Old Town

It's brick and industrial, like dining in a beautiful loft. The Refinery debuted in July on the shopping strip in Old Town, so it still has a fresh-paint feel. Plan a low-pressure date, the kind with someone that's less a stranger but not quite familiar. The food mingles the terrain between comfort and curious: deviled eggs with truffle and bacon starters, lamb burger small platters, pork belly with creamed corn and cornbread main courses, and a chocolate pretzel bar with pretzel ice cream for dessert. Chef Lawrence Letrero, formerly of Untitled, heads the team. Points for late nights: open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and 3 a.m. on Saturdays. Talk all night and feel full. Located at 1209 N. Wells St.

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