La Grand Vie Lounge and Restaurant
Just steps from Michigan Avenue, nestled inside The Chatelaine building at 215 E. Chestnut, is downtown’s newest hidden gem, La Grand Vie. A sleek new lounge/restaurant with signature craft cocktails and a menu to suit
everyone’s taste and budget.
Manager James Kupka (formerly of Mini Bar)says LGV emphasizes classic cocktails and small appetizers. But entrees are available as well.
Popular items like Calamari and Oysters as well as more unique appetizers like Lobster Quesadilla and Roasted Beet Terrine. There are soups and salads and lots of sandwiches like Croque Madame on Sourdough, with black forest ham, gruyere and Swiss, hollandaise-mornaise, and a fried egg; Signature Burgers and a Seared Ahi Tuna Steak sandwich. Entree’s include Chicken, Pork Chops, Steaks and a vegetarian option. Save room for dessert! Beignets with a chocolate dipping sauce! Everything we tried was delicious and the portions were all a nice size.
Open for lunch, dinner, and late night as well as champagne brunch on Sundays 11am-3pm.
Brioche French Toast, Pork Belly Mac and Cheese, Eggs Benedict, Ham & Egg Pannini. Brunch options run $10-$13. Add on Bottomless Bloody Marys or Mimosas for $15
La Grande Vie aims to draw in neighbors and power lunches during the day, and a hipper crowd at night. But Ricardo Sebastian, head of Luxury Management, a consulting group that works with La Grande Vie, insists the vibe is free of the usual Gold Coast pretension. “People feel intimidated when a restaurant is chic and you can’t pronounce what’s on the menu,” he said. “We wanted to veer away from that. It’s a place to chill and hang out.”
215 E. Chestnut St.
(between Seneca St & Dewitt Pl)