Top Restaurants for a Business Lunch in Chicago

Downtown Chicago has a culinary scene like no other. And while a plethora of restaurants serving up standout dishes is never a bad thing, it can make choosing the right spot for your function a bit more challenging.

For executives looking for a nice place to take their teams to welcome new members or treat a client who’s in town, the following Chicago eateries provide upscale atmospheres, topnotch service, and exceptional cuisine. Learn more about them below!


Creativity and cuisine collide at Beatrix, a neighborhood restaurant with locations in Rivernorth and Streeterville. Beatrix’s lunch menu offerings can be described as healthy and homestyle featuring refreshing, big salads, a well-known pot-roast sandwich, and Lemon Ricotta Ravioli.

Beatrix’s upscale/contemporary space is flooded with natural lighting and complemented by energizing color pops. Semi-private dining is available upon request, which is perfect for a business lunch.

Big Jones

For a taste of the south in the Windy City, make your reservation at Big Jones on North Clark Street. Big Jones succeeds in convincing guests that its restaurant doors are a geographical time warp, re-creating authentic Southern fare down to the last detail. Try their house-made pickle-tasting flight, award-winning fried chicken, or twice-grilled grilled cheese.

Inside, Big Jones is bright and minimalistic, and art depicting southern towns and an extensive bar housing a prominent bourbon selection make fun conversation starters.

Spiaggia Restaurant/Lounge

Spiaggia Restaurant/Lounge’s menu features modern, Italian-inspired dishes while leaving room for a few timeless classics. Quality ingredients are met by the expert technique of James Beard Award winning chef and restaurant partner Tony Mantuano, yielding unforgettable handmade pastas and transformed takes on traditional seafood, meat, and chicken dishes.

Spiaggia’s interior is sharply dressed with high ceilings and attention-grabbing marble columns. Wine lovers won’t want to miss ordering a glass over lunch, as Spiaggia’s 700 handpicked bottle list has received repeat critical acclaim.

Make Your Reservation at One of Chicago’s Top Restaurants Today

Offering you excellent food, great spaces for networking or impressing, and attentive service, these Chicago eateries are the cream of the crop! To learn more about them and make your reservation, click on the website link to the restaurant you’re interested in above.

Need solutions for eating in instead? Check out Arden’s recommendations for the best corporate catering services in Chicago here.