Livin’ La Vida Local: Chill By The Grill

Make No Mis-Steak; It’s National Grill Month

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You’re hungry. It’s summertime. The solution? You throw a batch of kabobs on the grill. Done deal. You may very well be checked in at a Corporate Suites Network property with a grill at your fingertips, but you’re also just steps away from local hubs willing to do the grilling for you. Take advantage of the deals available during National Grill Month… and that annual summery craving for flame-licked ribeye.


If You’re Staying At 400 N. LaSalle:

The famed Rush St. haunt Carmine’s (1043 N. Rush St.) wants to show off its signature grilled sausage and pepper starter to celebrate grill-friendly July. Enjoy the eats on the canopied patio with some live music. Insider secret: This place is prime for local celebrity sightings.

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Get There: Hop on the 36 Bus headed toward Devon/Clark at Dearborn & Hubbard. Get off at State & Bellevue. Commute Time: 13 minutes


If You’re Staying At Iroquois Club in Naperville:

Get your grill fix on at CrossTown Pub & Grill in Naperville (909 E. Ogden Ave.). This family-friendly neighborhood eatery has an outdoor patio to chow down on the grilled goods, TVs to watch the games and pub trivia. Mega bonus: Hope the weather’s nice (which it probably is), because CrossTown is an easy, under-a-mile stroll away.

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Get There: Drive east down Iroquois Ave. and turn right onto E. Ogden Ave. Commute Time: 2 minutes


If You’re Staying At Columbus Plaza:

Quay Restaurant (465 E. Illinois St.) is taking the month of the grill very seriously. Grab Quay’s grilled grass-fed ribeye sandwich and a Bell’s Oberon Ale draft for $14 every Monday. Go a little bigger and try the $32 three-course grilled menu Sunday-Thursday available July only.

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Get There: Get on the 124 Bus headed toward Navy Pier at Columbus (Mid) & E. Wacker. Hop off at Illinois & Peshtigo. Commute Time: 5 minutes


If You’re Staying At Elm Creek Apartments in Elmhurst:

Pints in Elmhurst (112 S. York Rd.) is a stacked sports pub with quality grill grub to match a tall brew. This place, locally owned and operated, has a beer garden flooded with huge TV screens. We know it’s grill month, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the 20 specialty taps and 50 bottled brews too.

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Get There: Take a right up W. Butterfield Rd. and turn left onto S. York St. Commute Time: 7 minutes


As the blazing sun goes down, the grill flames should rise up. It’s National Grill Month and, not coincidentally, the best time of year to get grillin’. Trust us, you’re not going to wait until January in Chicago to cook out on the patio.