Chicago Restaurant Week is like Christmas. It takes place at the end of January and this year, ran for two weeks. For restaurant week, several hundred Chicago restaurants create a 3 or 4 course prix fixe menu priced $22 for lunch and $33 or $44 for dinner. While I will occasionally visit old favorites, I also like to use Chicago Restaurant Week as a way to try out restaurants that I have not yet visited. The first place I started was The Metropolitan Club, a private club in Willis (Sears) Tower that is normally not open for outside diners. As it is a private club where I would normally be unable to dine, I decided to try it out to see what I might be missing. I did receive a note when making my reservation that it is preferred that men wear suit coats on the weekends. As it was the weekend when we were dining, I saw that I would need to wear one of my jackets. I have worn a jacket to dinner before, and will on a special occasion, generally I prefer not to and hoped that the restaurant was as special as it required it's guests to be and not just snooty. In order to get to the club, it is necessary to go through security and then take an elevator to the 66th floor and an escalator to the 67th. The entrance to the restaurant passes a hallway with what looked like private rooms, but walking into the restaurant dining room it felt very elegant. The walls were windows looking out over the city, the floor was carpeted, and the lights were electric chandeliers. We were seated in a semi-circular booth that was slightly elevated, but sat away from the windows. Despite that, it was still a great view. When we were seated, we received a wine list, a regular menu, and the restaurant week menu. I was not interested in wine that night, so I decided on a cocktail from their short list. It was called Tito's Lemon Chai which perfectly describes what it was. It started with Tito's Handmade Vodka and added Chai Spice and Lemon Angostura Bitters. It was pretty good with an herbal flavor and a nice bitter lemon finish.
After dinner here, I will say that our service was fantastic and the view was fantastic. The food though, while really good, was nothing I haven't had at several other restaurants (that do not require a coat). While I am glad that I had the opportunity to try it out, I would say that the atmosphere does not lead me to want to return.