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Chicago's newest steakhouse, right by Millennium Park

Chicago may have written the book on steakhouses, but considering the state of public schools most people probably can't read it anymore. For a new steak spot rising from down South, check out III Forks.

A contemporary steakhouse already established in Texas and Florida, III Forks has landed just north of Millennium Park in the new Lakeshore East development, which guests have an expansive view of thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows that protect Italian mosaic columns, leather banquettes, and two-way fireplaces, whose linebacker/fullback duties hopefully won't leave them burned out. The beef's all USDA prime, and's broken down by the in-house butcher into all manner of strips, filets, and flat irons, while also making its way into creations like pastry-wrapped beef croustades, and chicken-fried prime rib, a preparation ensuring yours will remain well-hidden. For a change of pace, the 100-person rooftop lounge (with private heated cabanas) serves a small plates menu sporting Duck & Waffles (a waffle cone stuffed w/duck, port wine cherries, creme fraiche, and pistachios), lamb meatballs w/ caramelized fennel, and steak tartar served in a Himalayan pink salt bowl, an idea they swear they didn't steal from Everest.

Of the 300 global wines on the list, 30 are by the glass, and all of the bottles're stored in a freestanding glass cellar, also a good place to start looking for the school system's latest batch of reading comprehension scores.

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