Subway: Red to Clark/Division(312) 854-2970 oldtownrefinery.com41.904276 -87.634329 1209 N Wells St (between Division and Goethe Sts) Old Town, Chicago
Dinner (closed Mon)Average main course: $21
The Refinery, a modern American restaurant with an upscale twist, focuses on dishes like the grilled baby octopus with wood ear mushrooms, Japansese sweet potato, radish and mint, as well as classics like the New York strip with fondue, roasted broccoli, fresno chili and pistachio salsa verde. Save room for dessert, perhaps the chocolate pretzel bar with pretzel caramel, milk chocolate mousse and pretzel ice cream. Or if that sounds too indulgent, order the warm caramelized cannelle with glazed bing cherries, peanut brittle and cherry blossom frozen yogurt.