Gene & Georgetti

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Late founders Gene Michelotti and Alfredo Federichi opened what owner Tony Durpetti says was Chicago's first steak house in June 1941, a full 40 years prior to this neighborhood's being named "River North." It endures as something of a throwback to a meatier, more macho era. The menu is comprised of classic steakhouse specialties like the 32 ounce T-bone steak served with a house salad and cottage fries. Autographed pictures of Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope hang on the wall of the first-floor bar/dining room. Dress is mainly business, or "nice casual."