A day at the Modern Wing can be a full one new exhibits are always available, video art can be watched for long periods or time, and sometimes you just get lost in unraveling a particular piece.
Luckily, the Caffe Moderne is available for those looking for a quick bite for extra energy or a libation or two. And the fare comes with a high pedigree the menu is curated by the chefs at big brother/neighbor restaurant Terzo Piano.
A bag of Nichols Farm popcorn coated in spicy lime is $4 an easy treat to carry with you. Or a small carrot cake scone is something to nibble on while looking over the displayed art books along the walls of the cafe. If youre looking for something heartier, the menu includes a few small plates like an antipasto of artisanal salami with cheese, giardiniera and house made bread for $10; or a salad of greens, Amish chicken, seasonal vegetables and Wisconsin parmesan for $14. Refreshments include Goose Island sodas for $5, Argo Tea for $6, and a selection of local beers like Dark Horse Crooked Tree, Two Brothers Dumain DuPage, and Metropolitan Krankshaft ($6-8).
If you want the snack to last a little longer and the rest of the museum to go a little quicker, you can invest in one of the 375ml bottles of wine available a selection of reds and whites ranges from $14-36.
159 E. Monroe Chicago, IL 60603 Tel: 312-443-3600
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Dan Morgridge