Chicago Summer

Gelato, French Market, Chicago

Gelato, French Market

Gene and Georgetti Classic Italian, Chicago

Gene and Georgetti Classic Italian

Greek Islands Restaurant, Chicago

Greek Islands Restaurant

Andersonville, Chicago

Andersonville

Espresso Milkshake, Intelligentsia, Logan Square, Chicago

Espresso Milkshake, Intelligentsia

Homemade gelato, JP Graziano, Chicago

Homemade gelato, JP Graziano

Chicago River view from a rented electric boat

Chicago River view from a rented electric boat

Summer storm, Chicago

Summer Storm

Navy Pier, Chicago

Navy Pier Swing Ride

Tiki cocktails at Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago

Tiki cocktails at Three Dots and a Dash

Umbrella, North Avenue Beach, Chicago

Umbrella

Splashing speedboat on Lake Michigan, Chicago

Splashing speedboat on Lake Michigan

Classic Chicago Dog, Flub a Dub Chub, Lakeview Chicago

Classic Chicago Dog, Flub a Dub Chub

2013 Air and Water Show, Chicago

2013 Air and Water Show

Sears Tower, Chicago

Sears Tower

Divvy Bike Share, Chicago

Divvy Bike Share

Filini, Chicago

Filini: 221 N. Columbus Dr. Chicago, 60601

Filini is in the lobby of the Radisson Blu Hotel, which is in the famed Aqua Building in Chicago.

Very modern, open, airy, and pretty, with excellent food and drinks and good service.

We went here and sat in the bar when my parents and my brother and sister-in-law came to visit from L.A. in September. They stayed in a condo in the Aqua, so we went to Filini a couple times while they were visiting. We drank a lot of wine! Then we had a lot of food! It was really fun and a great experience.

David and Sarah at Felini in Chicago

David and Sarah at Filini in Chicago

We started with a cheese plate. David had a beer and Sarah had some sort of sparkling wine, which is all the rage with the young people these days, I’ve noticed.

Cheese and breadsticks at Felini Chicago

Cheese and breadsticks at Filini Chicago

Then we had the delicious creamy, cheesy artichoke and spinach dip with some flatbreads. Mom and I shared a bottle of Sicilian red wine.

Artichoke and spinach dip

Artichoke and spinach dip

Sparkly and modern ambience at Felini

Twinkly and modern ambience at Filini

We ordered a couple of pizzas including a margherita and a sausage, but this one rocked my world! It was sauteed exotic mushrooms, spinach, taleggio cheese, and truffle oil. It was the best thing I’ve eaten in a long time. I might have to go get one right now.

Mushroom spinach pizza from Felini, Chicago

Mushroom spinach pizza from Filini, Chicago

We finished the evening with some Italian cookies.

Italian cookies at Felini, Chicago

Italian cookies at Filini, Chicago

I love Filini and will go back soon!