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SPRING

Chicago

2039 W North Ave,
Chicago,
Illinois
IL 60647
Tel: +1 7733957100

Chef Shawn McClain is one of Chicago's rising culinary celebrities, and his restaurant has been attracting national attention since it opened in 2001 in a former Russian bathhouse that has been transformed into an oasis of Zen tranquillity in soothing, neutral colors. Spring is not a scene: Diners step down into a dining room hidden from the street, sink into the banquettes that zigzag across the center of the room, and concentrate on the food. Unlike other chefs who feel pressured to keep outdoing themselves, McClain sticks to a focused menu, with a heavy emphasis on seafood and Pan-Asian preparations. Appetizers include an aromatic lemon-grass red-curry broth with rice noodles, and sea-scallop-and-potato ravioli with sautéed mushrooms and truffle essence. Most of the entrees are seafood-based: New Zealand snapper with lemon couscous and fennel salad, or the braised baby monkfish and escargots with roasted eggplant in smoked tomato bouillon just two noteworthy exemplars you may encounter. A thoroughly reliable and superlative dining bet.

2039 W North Ave,
Chicago,
Illinois
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Cuisine: Pan-Asian Seafood
Ambience: Urbane Fine Dining
Groups: Large Parties Accepted
Special: Starspotting

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