3rd Coast Cafe and Wine Bar (Restaurant, Gold Coast)
Location: 1260 North Dearborn Pkwy
Upon first entering 3rd Coast Café and Wine Bar, your reaction is likely to be one of confusion. Is it a coffee shop? A restaurant? A bar? The eclectic array of colorful paintings on the walls only adds to the schizophrenic feel. Despite the initial uncertainty as to what genre of eatery you’ve just entered, there is no denying that 3rd Coast is the ultimate Gold Coast hang out. The cozy booths and tables give it an authentic café feel, and throwing a lighted candle onto one of the tables in the back room can make for a romantic dinner spot. The vast menu offers everything from finger food to full meals, including a breakfast anytime section. There is an antiquated, carved wooden bar and an extensive wine list whose prices range from stomacheable to stiff. The dramatic art collection, which consists of original works by first class painters and photographers, is for sale and is periodically rotated, creating a dynamic atmosphere. For those residing in the posh Gold Coast neighborhood, 3rd Coast is only a hop, skip, and a jump away. But even if you don’t live nearby, this unique Chicago cafe is worth the trek.
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