Food & Drink

Three floors of wining and dining in River North

Named for the building's origins as a dry goods store with rooms for rent in the 1870s, The Boarding House might have you wanting to just curl up in a corner and spend the night depending on just how deeply you explore the 450-bottle wine list curated by Master Sommelier, Check Please host, and proprietor Alpana Singh, whose vino selections get shuttled through the three-tiered operation via a special wine elevator

You'll enter into the 1st floor bar area and inevitably stare at the aircraft carrier-sized chandelier made from more than 9,000 wine glasses, that is only until you redirect your gaze to this poutine pizza topped with braised chicken, cheese curds, and fried potatoes

The fried fun doesn't stop there thanks to Edith's Fried Chicken (accompanied by buttermilk biscuits and sesame-honey sauce) using a recipe taken from either the sexy Pulitzer-winning author of Ethan Frome or the chef's mother

Upstairs you'll find the main dining room, where you'll wonder why the ceiling wine bottle installation is made of only 3,456 of them

But they didn't skimp (seriously, not even 3,500?!) on this 36oz Painted Hills ribeye for two, which is smeared with seared lardo butter and accompanied by three sides, like creamed kale and cheese curd mashed potatoes

If that's more than your doctor says you can handle, hit this citrus poached salmon with honey glazed carrots, tarragon polenta, and blood orange buerre blanc

Then compensate with a spiced pumpkin mille feuille topped with star anise caramel and toasted pumpkin seeds, which explains how the Halloween candy all disappeared

For a nightcap, head all the way down to the cellar lounge, where they'll be offering high-end glass pours.

Or if you feel cocktail-y, try this mezcal, yellow chartreuse, maraschino 'n agave nectar libation called Famous Last Words, though yours might end up being "is it cool if I crash in the corner over there?".