Acadia

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This fine-dining restaurant in the South Loop offers nightly tasting ($150 per person, $75 wine pairing) and prix fixe menus and a bar for neighborhood cocktailers who want to stop by after work. Executive chef Ryan McCaskey (formerly of Rushmore and Courtright's) has lived in the 'hood for more than a decade and is looking to fill a niche in upscale dining. The prix fixe menu options includes risotto with saffron and vanilla, baby octopus, lobster with grits, as well as others. Other dishes may include the famous lobster pot pie, Gunthrop Farms pork belly with cheddar grits, pickled crab apple, celery and shallots in a root-beer consomme or Swan Creek chicken with fried cornmeal, buttermilk, sausage gravy, truffle bread pudding and maque choux. For a more laid-back night, sit in the front bar and sip craft cocktails from former Graham Elliot beverage director Michael Simon and order a lobster roll or bacon-onion aioli-slathered burger.