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The Boarding House

720 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60654


Owner and master sommelier Alpana Singh has decked out her four-story wine mecca with a glitzy array of eye-popping accoutrements. The first floor glitters with a chandelier fabricated out of hundreds of dangling wineglasses, while an artfully lit fourth-floor dining room romantically balances dark, brooding shadows and dapples of light. You can’t miss with anything from the wine list, but the dinner menu lacks focus, offering a head-scratching mix of North African, Mediterranean, and American dishes. For the best results, keep it simple, perhaps with a plate of creamy Burrata topped with fresh peaches, a meaty pork chop with stone-ground grits in a hazelnut broth, and a moist olive oil cake topped with berries. Those interested in a less formal affair can sip a Chardonnay and enjoy a collection of pizzas and sandwiches in the first-floor wine bar.

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Dishes We Liked

Grilled prawns with merguez sausage ($16), bone-in Berkshire pork chop with braised pork belly and stone-ground grits ($31), grilled flat iron steak with maitake mushrooms and pattypan squash ($28), Alaskan halibut with littleneck clams and sweet corn ($28), olive oil cake with summer berries
and white chocolate pastry cream ($8)

Additional Information:

Price: $40-$49
Cuisine: Wine Bar
Neighborhood: River North
Noteworthy: Child friendly
Outdoor dining
Wheelchair accessible
Will seat past 10:30 p.m.
Hours: D nightly. Late seating at the wine bar Fri, Sat.
Date Opened: 12.20.2012
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