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This Italian restaurant is in one of Chicago’s chic and very busy neighborhoods. It’s worth checking out if you want a lively atmosphere, hearty portions and don’t mind splurging a bit.

Racertrips Tip: This place is likely to be hopping on the weekend. Be sure to make a reservation to eliminate your wait time.

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      1 Review for Carmine’s

      Angi W

      20 Reviews

      Delicious Italian Options | Great Service | Big Portions

      4/ 5

      This restaurant is in the bustling area near Rush & Division, which is popular among tourists and people who live in the neighborhood. On a Friday or Saturday night, this is sure to be a happening spot. Be sure to make reservations! Although anything in this neighborhood is going to be a little pricier than other spots in the city, the food is delicious, the portions are big and the service is excellent. I had a daily special pasta dish with shrimp scampi in a light white sauce with some lemon flavoring. I rarely do non-red sauces, and I almost always pile on the Parmesan. The sauce was fresh and delicious, and adding Parmesan actually took away from the flavor. I added a tiny bit and no more. We ordered 2 meatballs for my picky 4-year-old. The waiter warned us that they “are pretty big,” but we reasoned that we could take any leftovers home. Well, the waiter wasn’t kidding. The meatball was the size of a baseball, and it was dense. Our little one made the first one disappear quickly, and we brought the second one home with us. Great place to try during your weekend visit to Chicago! You could also consider it for carbo loading the night before the marathon.

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