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  Chicago Fire House Restaurant
by deecat

"I have struck a city--a real city, and they call it Chicago."
Rudyard Kipling

On my daughter Jill's birthday at the end of October, 2004, we ate at The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant on South Michigan Avenue. What a treat that was!
This building was erected in 1905 to serve the Prairie Avenue Community and its surroundings. The residents of this area consisted of many of the finest families of Chicago such as the Marshall Fields, the McCormicks, and The Palmers. This firehouse had special attention placed on it so it would stay in keeping with the neighborhood and its residents. It is quite unique as it is constructed of yellow brick and limestone (not the typical red brick).
A project to change the Firehouse into a restaurant started in 1998, and the building stands in much of its same splendor today.
However, the stables (which used to house the horses for the wagons) were replaced with a courtyard. The upstairs used to be a room to store hay for the stables; now it serves as a banquet kitchen and banquet space. It still has the original tin ceiling, tile glazed walls, and two fire poles!
The Dining room is quite beautiful with Dark wood trim and molding, recessed ceilings, and silk-like wall paper.

Favorite Dish: The food here is outstanding. We started with appetizers: Thinly sliced prosciutto rolled with cream cheese and fresh asparagus; A trio of Lump Crab Cakes; Calamari; and Firecracker Shrimp.

My salad was incredible: Market greens, spiced pecans, Maytag blue cheese, and sherry vinaigrette. (yum)

Eric (Jill's husband) and I had Slow Cooked Pot Roast with Mushrooms, carrots, celery, onions, and natural pan-gravy.

Jill ordered Mango Chili Barbequed Pork Chop (a double-cut and slow-roasted chop with maple-whipped sweet potatoes, apple braised cabbage and dried cherries).

Allan ate Strip Steak (16 ounce center cut, rubbed with cracked pepper and served with garlic mashed potatoes and natural juices).

All the these were wonderful.

Because it was Jill's birthday, they brought us two of their best desserts (for free!).

Service was perfect and timely...somehow the vallet knew when we needed our car, and it was outside the door all warmed up!

We will go again because we loved it so.

Address: 1401 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Il 60605
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Phone: 1-312-786-1401
Price: US$31-40
Rating: 5
Theme: American

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 17, 2004
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