Catalyst Ranch is lucky to be situated in one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in Chicago!  The West Loop is bustling with tried and true favorites and hip new dining concepts and boutiques.  Lately, it seems that another cool shop or restaurant opens up every day, so to keep you posted, we continue our occasional In the Neighborhood blog series.  Here’s a look at a variety of exciting new dining options that you can enjoy after your offsite at the Ranch!  Learn more about the lodging, transportation, and dining options available in our neighborhood here and make your next meeting at the Ranch as lively, fun, and memorable as possible!

Parlor Pizza Bar

108 N Green St

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With a lovely indoor space flooded with natural light and an outdoor patio, this might become our new favorite after-work spot!  You can blow off some steam with a rousing game of Ping Pong or treat yourself to something sweet from the decadent dessert and pastry counter!

parlorThe menu features about twenty different Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizzas.  We’re curious about the Hawaii Pie O, which is made with spicy pineapple and coconut cheese.  What’s good with pizza?  More pizza! Parlor also serves pizza for dessert, like the S’mores and Nutella pizzas!   But with over seventy-five beers and six specialty cocktails on-tap, how will we ever decide what to order to drink?

Formento’s

925 W Randolph St

This new Italian restaurant from the Bristol Group already has a lot of cooking talent lined up with executive chef Tony Quartaro, sous chef Sieger Bayer (from Leghorn), and Sean Pharr (from NoMI).   The 9,600 square foot space will include a spacious dining room, bar and lounge, and a patio!  We look forward to tasting new twists on Italian classics and sampling the homemade Limoncello!

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Bar Takito

201 N Morgan St

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Takito Kitchen partners, Chef David Dworshak and General Manager Adam Weber, have expanded to open up Bar Takito.  The menu includes Latin American specialties such as Peruvian-inspired seviche and Colombian arepas perfect for sharing.  Save room for dessert and try the popcorn-butterscotch mousse!  We love the bright, colorful, spirited vibe in the restaurant’s design by D+K Architects and Interior and designer Alex Alcott!

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Salero

621 W Lake St

We’ve been looking forward to trying this new modern Spanish cuisine restaurant by executive chef, Ashlee Aubin, two time winner of the Michelin Bib Gourmand Award!  They opened their doors last month and did not disappoint!  Here’s a peek inside:

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Farm to Table Dinners at the Big Delicious Planet Urban Garden

412 N Wolcott Av

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Our caterers, Big Delicious Planet, consistently get rave reviews from our clients for their ability to dazzle the palates of meat-eaters, vegetarians, and vegans alike!  This summer, Big D launched their incredible Farm-to-Table Dinners in their beautiful urban garden.  Each evening’s menu is created with Big D’s own organically grown veggies combined with locally raised natural meat and includes passed appetizers, a soup and salad course, drinks, and of course, an amazing dessert!  We can help you coordinate an intimate dining experience with your team as one of our unique meeting add-ons!