Those snooty little ladies still carrying on about their fabulous department store lunches with miniature tea sandwiches and salads need to learn it’s time for a change. For a modern girls’ outing, head to the renovated seventh floor of Saks Fifth Avenue, where the brand-new Sophie’s sits right on the edge of The Fifth Man department. This is where you’ll spy from your barstool a parade of handsome men shopping for the latest threads. Whether you’re married or single, there’s no harm in people-watching, so gather the gang for a girls’ get-together they won’t forget. First, get your makeup touched up to perfection at one of the many upscale cosmetics counters on the first floor. Then head upstairs on a specially designated elevator that shoots you straight to the restaurant. Sophie’s seamlessly merges with the stallions’ section, so you won’t be missing out on any eye candy. The tables in the diminutive dining room also offer great views of the Mag Mile action, but you’ll find that it’s so much more fun feasting at the bar. What’s certain to catch your eye are the cocktails. Start with the dainty sparkling variety, like Sophie’s version of the French 75, made with a small-batch cognac instead of the traditional gin. Then make your way to bolder choices, like the bourbon cherry sour or rhubarb basil gimlet. Soak it all up with sliders and mini crab cakes. Repeat.

Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue

700 N Michigan Ave Chicago IL 60611

(312) 944-6500

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