Escaping the screaming screens

(Published April 1, 2019)

By Stephanie Racine, Staff Writer

Spring is jam-packed with sports viewing events. With college basketball, baseball and NBA games, it can be difficult to escape the hum and roar of sports, even at local restaurants. If patrons desire a quiet meal without cheers and jeers, it can be challenging to find restaurants without several televisions broadcasting. For those looking for screenless dining experiences with family and friends, there are several local options, for any kind of patron.

Free Rein

224 N Michigan Ave.

Located in the St. Jane Hotel, Free Rein is a “contemporary American Brasserie” without screens. It’s a quiet escape with a Michigan Ave. hustle and bustle backdrop. Free Rein offers breakfast and all-day dining from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. most nights, 9 p.m. on Sundays. They also offer brunch on weekends until 2 p.m. The menu includes items such as duck breast, striploin and oysters. For a more casual experience, their attached café opens daily at 7 a.m., serving coffee, pastries, and other fare.


205 E Pearson St.

The Museum of Contemporary Art is home to screenless Marisol, featuring dishes from Chicago chef Jason Hammel. Marisol serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday. They also have a bar, with happy hour options Tuesday-Friday, and counter service. Dinner options include wagyu tartare, linguine with clams and half chicken.


117 E Lake St.

227 E Ontario St.

For the more casual diner looking to escape the TV, Nando’s is located at Michigan and Lake Street. with the entrance on Lake. The location in Streeterville is 227 E. Ontario. Family friendly Nando’s serves their specialty chicken and other dishes with a fusion of Portuguese and Southern African flavors. Kid’s menu available. Nando’s is open every day 11 a.m.-11 p.m. They also offer beer and wine.

Other local screenless restaurants:

Brown Bag Seafood

340 E. Randolph

Francesca’s On Chestnut

200 E. Chestnut

Les Nomades

222 E. Ontatio

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