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.  Lately, it seems that another cool shop or restaurant opens up every day!   Today we spotlight a classic fine dining establishment that just received new honors and two brand-new dining options that opened up this month!  You can 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!

grace restaurant

Grace Restaurant

652 W Randolph St.

At Grace, the gorgeous plates pop against the elegant decor.  The dining area is comfortable, yet lux, and there is also a lounge where you can enjoy a pre- or post- dinner drink.  Grace Restaurant has the distinguished honor being awarded two Michelin stars!  If that is not enough to convince you that Chef Curtis Duffy delivers quality and service in style, Grace Restaurant also won five of the eleven awards at the recent Jean Blanchet Awards:

  • Chef of the Year – Curtis Duffy
  • Sommelier of the Year – Valerie Cao
  • Best Chef du Cuisine – Nicholas Romero
  • Best Service
  • Best Restaurant

This beautiful fine dining restaurant is an incredible place to wow your VIP clients or take a date on a special occasion.  (Psst!  It’s almost Valentine’s Day!)

harvest juiceryHarvest Juicery

1012 W Lake St.

The health nuts who work at the Ranch are thrilled that Harvest Juicery has opened its doors right down the street!  Former chef Kristina Sciarra (who also has a fitness and wellness background) opened up Harvest Juicery after her delivery service of bottled juices expanded so quickly, she could not meet the demand for her delectable cold-pressed juices.

Packed with essential nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants, Sciarra’s juices are made fresh with the leafy greens we know are good for us and other tasty and nutritious ingredients including watermelon, carrot, goji berry, and basil.  Try the almond, banana, and cocoa-based Nutty Oak or “B” Power, with blueberries, banana, bee pollen, and spinach.  You can boost your energy and immunity by stopping by Harvest Juicery.  Sit and stay awhile in their beautiful storefront which was designed by Nick Bowers of BlocHaus (known for his designs of Berkshire Room and Lillie’s Q.)  Heather Shouse of Bottles & Branch also installed a living wall, featuring foliage such as aloe which is one of the ingredients in certain juice recipes.

greenstreetsmokedmeatsGreen St. Smoked Meats

112 N Green St.

This Texas-style barbeque restaurant is the seventh eatery opened by the sensational Brendan Sodikoff.  His other hits include Gilt Bar, Doughnut Vault, and Au Cheval (another neighborhood favorite at 800 W Randolph St.)  The entry way is rather hidden which adds to the cool factor of the establishment.  Find the mural in the alley behind RM Champagne Salon, and it will point you to enter through the second unmarked door on the left.  You’ll enter the unique minimalist warehouse space with high ceilings, strands of light bulbs, and simple wooden picnic benches with rolls of paper towel affixed to each table.

In addition to the seemingly endless meat options, there are a slew of sides from mac and cheese to broccoli, and the drink options include a great variety of unique beers!  Over half of the beers on tap are from Local Option, a Midwest brewery serving many Chicago bars.  Two to try: the all-barley steam beer, Dampf Loc, and Sweet Leif, a Belgian blond infused with Chinese sencha green tea.

Explore Catalyst Ranch’s ever-evolving, vibrant neighborhood and take advantage of some of the great restaurants!  As Michael Ellis, Michelin’s international director in charge of guides put it, “There are a lot of really interesting things going on; there are great chefs out there . . . they really like innovation in Chicago.”

What is your favorite dining spot in the West Loop?  Please share in the comments!