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Valois Restaurant

In our spring fashion special—“Diners, Dresses, & Dives”—killer cocktail attire brings a dose of glam to a few storied local spots.

I’ve been going here for 50 years—I have an office right upstairs. Valois is a fascinating place. You see everybody from panhandlers to the president of the Hyde Park Bank, which is across the street, to Barack Obama, who still comes when he’s in town. As retail strips on the South Side have declined, Valois has been a mainstay for the entire community. I always go for Election Day breakfast. We’re up early—the polls open at 6 o’clock—so we come in here at 8 or 9. But it’s also a place where you can have breakfast all day. That’s a thing I like.

Valois Restaurant
Left: Christian Siriano silk satin top, $650, and pants, $1,200, christiansiriano.com. 18-karat gold cuff, $35,700, and 18-karat white gold and diamond earrings, $149,000, Van Cleef & Arpels. Right: Embroidered mesh dress, $425, Cynthia Rowley, 1648 N. Damen Ave. BCBG Max Azria leather belt, $98, Bloomingdale’s. 18-karat gold, citrine, and sapphire ring, $10,275, and 18-karat gold and diamond bracelet, $11,250, Lester Lampert. Suede sandals, $895, Jimmy Choo.Photos: T. Harrison Hillman; Styling: Jessica Moazami
Valois Restaurant
Novis sequined dress, $3,995, Chalk Boutique. 18-karat gold bracelet, $7,000, and gold cuff, $13,000, Tiffany & Co. 18-karat gold, sapphire, diamond, and opal ring, $16,700, Lester Lampert. Leather sneakers, $498, Stuart Weitzman, 520 N. Michigan Ave.

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