When you’re hosting first-time visitors to Chicago, let them know in advance that there will be some compromising. As in: During the day, we go to tourist spots like the John Hancock Center and Navy Pier. At night, you let me decide where we dine. Pick Current — the contemporary Italian eatery in the recently-renovated W Chicago Lakeshore — and your gathering of friends or family will be a happy occasion for all. It’s located directly across from Lake Michigan, which means that you’ll have premium views as you wine, dine, and catch up on the latest news.
Once you’re seated at your table and swirling glasses of chianti, get ready for a serious Italian feast, with starters of house-made pastas, sausages, and crispy flatbreads giving a taste of the flavors to come. The menu changes with the seasons, which gives dishes an added punch. Almost everything on the menu is shareable, so there’s no need to be married to your mains. Instead, order a little bit of everything and keep on passing plates around, from thin crust, Neapolitan-style pizzas to polenta fries and roasted beets topped with gorgonzola, pistachio, and orange blossom honey.
The open space of Current’s dining room and communal dining area will make your experience even better — especially if you’re hosting a larger group. You’ll want seats in the middle of the action so you can watch the fireworks over Navy Pier without missing the hopping scene in the lounge, which has fireworks of its own, of course. But best of all are the amazing design details that surround you, notably inspired by Lake Michigan and Chicago’s famed skyline. Cool tones and earthy stones give Current a sophisticated edge that always draws a stylish, well-dressed mix of tourists and locals. That means, of course, that your visiting friends will fit right in, and so will you.
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