87 Yorktown Center, Lombard
Why eat: Excellent steaks, plenty of non-beef options and a $15 lunch option (soup/salad, sandwich and side) that's a real bargain. A good place to impress clients.
Ambience: Classic, oak-paneled, white-tablecloth steakhouse look. Spacious lounge with long bar and several freestanding tables. Main dining room accented with mounted wild game heads, clocks displaying time in London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York and Chicago. Strong wine program reflected in conspicuous displays.
Service: Attentive (just try to drain your water glass before someone comes by to refill it) but not hovering. Friendly but professional.
Noise factor: Well-spaced tables and plenty of sound-absorbing materials ensure ease of conversation.
Overheard: "Let's take a different tack here; we all want the same thing."
Dress code: Business casual for the most part, but no shortage of polo shirts, either.
Cellphone/Wi-Fi: Strong phone reception; free Wi-Fi access.
Reliable options: Pan-fried (but light) calamari tossed with hot peppers ($13), silky lobster bisque ($11 cup, $13 bowl) with lobster nuggets lurking beneath the surface, lobster-crab burger ($19), ribeye steak sandwich ($18). Steaks run $25-$30 at lunch.
Expect to pay: $50 to $80 for two.
Contacts: 630-627-9800; thecapitalgrille.com