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What's in the name? A classic American dining club with a spirit of longevity, steadiness and timelessness, says proprietor and lifelong Chicagoan Keene Addington (founder and former CEO of Flat Top Grill). On the dinner menu you'll find familiar club fare using local ingredients such as pheasant pie, steak tartar and dover sole, along with a selection of wines and Prohibition era-inspired cocktails. For lunch, expect to see business and community leaders meeting for power lunches in a refined and conversation-friendly atmosphere. Addington envisions the club as an iconic Chicago mainstay, a sentiment reflected in the original artwork and artifacts (including mahogany from the old Pump Room). A jazz trio (including a 1918 Steinway piano) croons nightly playing tunes from a bygone era.