About Atwood Cafe in the Heart of Downtown Chicago
There couldn't be a more ideal location for Atwood Café in all of Chicago. A true Loop restaurant, Atwood Café is across the street from the brilliant new BLOCK 37, three blocks from Millennium Park, and within easy walking distance of Chicago's illustrious theaters (Chicago Theatre, Bank of America Theatre, Cadillac Palace Theatre and Ford Center for the Performing Arts, to name a few), not to mention City Hall and the Magnificent Mile.
Atwood Café is at the Heart of it All
Location aside, perhaps even greater significance is the building that houses the restaurant. Atwood Cafe and Hotel Burnham proudly reside in the Reliance Building, a structure that essentially signaled a turn in American architecture. Built in 1895, its radical steel and glass design set the precedent for the modern skyscraper, ushering in a new era in architectural design that has since shaped the skylines of cities around the globe.
Atwood Café is a devoted yet contemporary remodel in tribute to the building's original spirit. Soaring 18-foot windows look out over both State and Washington streets, while the interior assumes the Reliance's rich character. Elegant reds, warm golds, bold blacks and cobalts set the backdrop for the many nuanced Art Deco details. Persian rugs give the tongue-and-groove hardwood floors a graceful elan, while the faint diamond patterns etched into sconces and chandeliers and the gold trim touches usher you back to Chicago's chic past.
Atwood Café's Allure
What will bring you to modern day are the truly American menus. These are not dainty meals, these are Chef Derek Simcik's mouthwatering creations. From ample egg dishes, to abundant salads and sandwiches, to our creative take on pastas, steaks and seafood, you'll make a new discovery with each visit. And then there is dessert. Take your pick. You'll see why Chicago Tribune restaurant critic Phil Vettel named Atwood Cafe's summer dessert menu among his "Top Ten Summer Desserts."
For private parties, you'll find Atwood Cafe's setting particularly charming. The separate Reliance Room is well suited for corporate gatherings and smaller private affairs, while the main Cafe room and its colorful whimsy offers a memorable setting for birthday parties, rehearsal and wedding dinners, and similar entertaining events.
For a true taste of Chicago, in the heart of the Windy City's famed Loop, Atwood Café pleases on every level.