The Parrot Cage

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William Reynolds, the provost of the Washburne Culinary Institute, heads up this restaurant at the South Shore Cultural Center. The Parrot, which is manned by students in both the kitchen and dining room, offers a seasonal American menu with global influences, with most entrees under $20. Expect selections such as a falafel-crusted sea bass or lamb two ways (a grilled chop and a braised shank). Located in a former dance studio, the pastel-hued dining room has views of Lake Michigan and there is outdoor seating in the summer. Why the name? Reynolds tells us there are nests of parrots just north of the Cultural Center in Jackson Park (there's even a large parrot cage in the dining room).