A Suburban Mom's Guide to Clubbing in Chicago
Sipping pretty: The Tasting Room
The menu at The Tasting Room in Chicago's West Loop is like a big book written in a foreign language. Even my worldly and wine-loving friend, Mary, is unfamiliar with some of the hundreds of wines available. Should we have a glass of Domaine Zind Humbrecht, Gewurztraminer or Mastroberardino Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Bianco?
The beauty of The Tasting Room is that you can order little tastes of any of them. I tell the waitress I like Pinot Noir, so she steers me toward the popular flight called "The Birds." A flight includes three wineglasses filled one-third each. It arrives on a sheet of paper labeling each glass. We couple that with cheese fondue, served with potatoes, chicken, red peppers, bread and apples. All the food groups are represented. Could this be healthy?
Upstairs, smooth jazz washes over the brick-walled room with big windows and skyline views. We stay away from the cozy couches and chairs (too tempting to doze off) but settle in at a table and spend hours chatting, sipping, dipping into chocolate fondue and reminiscing.
Place The Tasting Room
Vibe Upscale, quiet, perfect for catching up.
Getting there 1415 W. Randolph Street (312/942-1313). Street parking.