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My first fancy date ever was at Sullivan’s Steakhouse in Austin, TX.  I  was in college.  He was very established and said we could go wherever I wanted to go.  I consulted with my girlfriends and we settled on Sullivan’s- where I would feel the most special.

Lots has changed in my life since that night and yet the excellence of Sullivan’s brand of steak has remained.  For me, the most important part  of any upscale dining experience is customer service.  I know some will say food ranks higher, but I disagree.  Service makes or breaks an experience for me.  And that’s why I would recommend Keith Sansone and his team at Sullivan’s Steakhouse when you want to celebrate a special occasion in downtown Chicago.  They care enough to do it right.

Asta and I visited on a Thursday which- along with Sundays, boasts Swingin’ at Sully’s.  The nightly special includes $6 appetizers and specialty cocktails in the lounge bar which includes live jazz music in the heart of River North.  The crowd is grown up and established, so if you are looking to make some like-minded friends, you’ve come to the right place.
Sullivan's Steakhouse Chicago

After enjoying our appetizer and signature cocktails, Asta and I sat in the beautiful downstairs dining room as Keith and his staff continued to anticipate our every need.  Whatever wine was suggested to me (I forgot, but it was yummy), went perfectly with each of the steak filets that I ordered.  The seared tuna was perfectly cooked as I’m sure everything that comes out of the kitchen is.  I have to admit that we were a bit overzealous in ordering, but it made for an incredible lunch the next day.

Though it was not an official celebration, Asta and I were treated to a very sweet surprise (see video) that was the icing on the metaphorical cake.  (We had no room in our bellies for real cake which I’m sure is amazing.)

If you are traveling through or living in Chicago, and want a swanky place to hang, I would recommend Sullivan’s especially on Swingin’ with Sully’s nights (Thursdays and Sundays).  If you are celebrating a special occasion and want to make sure your party is treated as the special and valuable group that you are, call (312) 527-3510 and tell Keith I sent you.

So… how do you like your steak cooked?

Sullivan's Steakhouse Chicago

**Considerations were made for this post and video.