Go to Butterfly when your college friends are visiting from out of town and you need an upbeat BYOB spot. There are three locations, all in the West Town/West Loop area, and all of them serve tasty rolls and decent Thai food. This is good for Gina, who doesn’t actually like sushi but likes vodka sodas.
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Gibsons Italia, in River West, is the trendy Italian sister spot to Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse.
Piccolo Sogno is a classic Italian restaurant complete with candlelight, white table clothes, and pure romance.
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Urban Belly is a casual dumplings, noodles, and rice spot in the West Loop. Take a stroll to the end of Randolph and see what it's about.
Roka Akor is a trendy Japanese restaurant in River North that has great food but is also expensive.
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Momotaro is like a Japanese Discovery Zone. You may need to sample the menu a bit, but hit your stride and it’s a great meal.
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