Whether it's for the picturesque views, a helping of history, a slice of culture, or you just happen to find yourself in the neighborhood, if you're in Chicago's South Shore and you notice a rumbling coming from your belly, make sure to do yourself a favor and check out at The Parrot Cage. Located inside the South Shore Cultural Center, the Parrot Cage has a classy but inviting atmosphere that will impress without imposing. After all, Barack and Michelle Obama chose the cultural center for their wedding reception in 1992. And with taste like that, you can't go wrong.
Situated next to the South Shore golf course with its waterfront views, the setting for The Parrot Cage should already have you licking your chops. But if you're not easily impressed, the four-course menu will definitely do the trick. Not only is it delicious, The Parrot Cage makes you feel like royalty without putting too big of a dent in your wallet! $25 for a creamy New England clam chowder, a zesty Caesar salad, braised short rib sweetness, and bourbon caramel whip cream a la mode to boot? Sign me up!
What if I'm not in the mood for dinner, you say? Oh, no problem – it gets better! The Parrot truly sings when it's serving brunch on Sunday. I mean really, who doesn't want to relax in a gorgeous setting, soaking in the culture and history over a mimosa? Anyone? That's what I thought. Side note: There really isn't a better, more under-the-radar place in the city for a first date.
Some might say that seems too affordable for such a delicious selection of cuisine and elegant atmosphere. What's the catch? There is no catch! The delicacies are prepared by students at the Washburne Culinary & Hospitality Institute – masters in training when it comes to the kitchen. For reference, you don't need to look very far. Washburne alum chef Jimmy Bannos of the Purple Pig and Heaven on Seven studied at the Washburne Institute, so if you want to enjoy some 5 star goodness before it's the same price as 5 star goodness, I suggest you hit up The Parrot Cage… and soon!
This hidden-in-plain-sight gem is a masterpiece that is sometimes overlooked, so don't miss it! Once is truly not enough time to enjoy all of the beauty and richness that The Parrot Cage provides.