Clark and Superior
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I first learned of Zed 451 from a friend who was in Chicago on business. She raved about the dining experiencing, expressing that the food was spectacular and the ambiance magnificent. But, through recent discoveries I have learned that there is much more to this new Chicago hot spot.
THE ZED 451 LOUNGE
My second experience with Zed 451 in Chicago (Clark and Superior) was last Saturday night, as I went to check out the nighttime scene. Upon our arrival there was a medium size line that was moving uber-slow. Anyone who knows me, I am not one for lines and my patience was wearing thin, so I decided to bypass the queue and head into the main lounge area; seems everyone was waiting to go to the rooftop lounge.
The main lounge is chic, hip, diverse (age and culture), and full of Chicago’s “finest” patrons. As a Chicagoan you also know that you pay for this kind of atmosphere, drinks were $11 a pop! Well worth it however as this River North spot was the place to be that night.
While the lounge was satisfying our social needs, we were eager to check out the rooftop. As luck would have it, we met one of the managers who was happy to feed our curiosity.
THE ZED 451 ROOFTOP
The Zed 451 Rooftop was hot, making it the hot new Chicago rooftop lounge! This rustic haven dawned a plethora of fashionable urbanites, and the atmosphere created a cool, even vibe. Although the view is mediocre, the décor makes this is a great Chicago rooftop lounge to impress a first date, or just a place to hit when the weather is right.
THE ZED 451 RESTAURANT
Last night, my girlfriend took me to Zed 451 for my birthday. We had an early reservation so much of the staff was free to court us to our table and prepare us for what they call a “dining experience,” seems to be their tagline. Zed 451 pays attention to detail, as the tables surround the focus of the dining experience, the food. Much like a Brazilian steak house, the Zed 451 offering is built in tiers; first, the harvest; a huge variety of creative comestibles to get the palette ready for the second tier, MEAT. We put a river stone on the outside of the table and chefs jaunt over to brag about their unique creation. Zed 451 is big into seasonings, marinating, and stylish cooking methods.
While you are digging in, visitors come by to drop of biscuits, vegetables, potatoes, drinks, etc., making it truly a dining experience, as they so boldly declare. While the food was fantastic, it was the visitors that made the experience. Their wanted to make our time in Zed 451 memorable and were curious to learn of our favorites, if we wanted to try something else, etc. The head chef even escorted my girlfriend to the facility. Needless to say, we had the dining experience they wanted us to have.
IN A NUTSHELL
Go to Zed 451 for drinks, social, dining; anything, just go check it out. If you go for nightlife and see a line, bypass and hangout in the main lounge, then sneak up to the roof top through the restaurant.