Dinner and a movie is not a new concept in the world of dating. A few theaters are starting to combine the two, providing a food and drink service during the movie itself.
That isn't the case here at the Lobby Lounge. Much like the Century 12 in Evanston, the Kerasotes ShowPlace Icon Theatre on Roosevelt is for purists who don't want to mix the clatter of silverware on porcelain with their film soundtracks.
Stepping into the red, black and white space, one would imagine that this is an upscale pizza place the shopping chain Target would create. Far from cheap and ubiquitous, however, the Lobby Lounge is brought to Chicago by Jerry Kleiner, the man behind hot spots such as Carnivale and Opera. He doesn't disappoint, either, serving up a menu of Italian meat and cheese plates (do not pass on the Pecorino Romano) from $8-$12, and pizzas in the $12-$14 range.
High above Roosevelt, Lobby Lounge has a great northward facing view of the skyline, comfy lounge chairs and a full bar. It's almost enough to make you forget about the movie altogether.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Bill Burman