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Acanto

4.8
4.8
3540 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Across from Millennium park and along Chicago’s Cultural Mile, Acanto Restaurant + Wine Bar is a treasured destination for those who appreciate authentic and approachable Italian food in a conversation-friendly atmosphere. Acanto serves seasonally-driven Italian cuisine from both regions of Italy utilizing artisanal ingredients from Midwest farmers and producers. Acanto boasts one of the most lauded wine programs in the US, including a 3-star rating by World of Fine Wine and a two-glass “Best of Excellence” rating by Wine Spectator. The libations menu is rounded out by Italian classics including spritzes and negronis along with craft cocktails, beer, and spirits.

The word Acanto is the Italian translation of Acanthus, the flowery leaf featured prominently in Roman architecture. Famed architect Louis Sullivan used Acanthus in his distinctive terra cotta ornamentation found on the facade of the historically-landmarked building that houses Acanto.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 59 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Wed 11:00 am–9:00 pm Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (312) 578-0763
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Chris Gawronski
  • Private party facilities
    The intimate dining room is ideal for rehearsal dinners, engagement celebrations, showers and post-wedding brunches, while Acanto’s patio on Michigan Avenue is a dream setting for cocktails. Up to 75 (seated) or 100 (cocktail) guests, inclusive of outdoor space.
  • Private party contact
    events@acantochicago.com: (312) 372-4001
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown / Loop
  • Cross street
    Between Madison St. and Monroe St. across from Millenium Park.
  • Parking details
    The nearest self-park garage is the Grant Park North Garage. Enter from Michigan between Randolph and Monroe Streets. Every day we offer a discounted parking rate of $18 rate for parking for up to 12 hours. Please see our host stand for parking discount vouchers. $32 valet parking is also available at the University Club, 76 East Monroe Street.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Learn to Speak Italian Wine Class

    $35.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    WELCOME BACK TO (WINE) SCHOOL! Our crowd-favorite series of wine classes kicks off once again. Enjoy a wine tasting and fascinating lecture with Acanto’s Wine Director Torrence O’Haire, and earn new confidence in the field of Italian wine! TASTING OF FOUR WINES | WEDNESDAYS FROM 5:30-6:30PM **March 20 and 27 are special classes - $45/per person **View full class schedule at https://www.acantochicago.com/learn-to-speak-italian-wine
    Learn to Speak Italian Wine Class Photo

What 3,540 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago

    Italian

3,540 Reviews
  1. Sherly

    Chicago

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We haven’t been there in awhile and boo on us. Our meal was delicious. Our server was excellent, even pointing out the flavors in various wines and attentive to my dietary restrictions. We will be visiting again very soon.

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  2. JordanL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I will be dreaming about the mushroom bruschetta for weeks to come.

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  3. Nick

    Grand Rapids

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The Valentine’s Day menu has been so good 2 years in a row. The drink menu is mid, but the food is so damn good. 10/10 we go every year.

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  4. GreatLoopLunchOption

    Chicago

    47 reviews

    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Acanto is my go-to for business lunches. The food is wonderful, caters to every dietary need and the portions aren't ridiculous. That said, it's a great place for any type of lunch - ambiance, friendliness and service - all on point!

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  5. BillyM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Taking public transportation is a plus. Otherwise it cost $36 to park on top of your dinner bill. Not a nice way to end the evening.

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  6. Byron

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu is interesting and delicious. We were able to share a starter, salad, pasta, main dish, two selections of wine for two, and dessert for about $200. Service was attentive and pleasant and helpful with our sharing arrangement as well as advising on food content intolerance concerns. Location is easy to find. Would come back and recommend. Good experience.

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  7. MKFMLF

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food, interesting wine choices, with ambience and reliable service. Our server, Meredith, was pleasant, efficient and made great recommendations from the menu. Gage Group restaurants never disappoint.

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  8. SeafoodFan

    Chicago

    117 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service very good. Lighting not so much. Candlelight does not provide enough light to read the menu so out came my phone light.

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  9. HaleyR

    Austin

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this little place! The food is wonderful, the service is the best I've had in a long time, and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. Highly recommend!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service, delicious food and great location. I would highly recommend!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and presentation in a cozy candlelit environment.

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  12. TomM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time. Next time we would prefer sitting away from the bar.

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  13. Annie

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good experience for a date night. Delicious food. Candle light atmosphere.

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  14. Lrk1

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful, inventive pan-Italian menu. Excellent preparation. Lovely beverage list. Fine service.

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  15. RSFA

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service are very good. It is pretty noisy and a bit difficult to have a conversation.

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  16. Samia

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and good ambience. There are a few good options for vegetarians.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant has the coziest atmosphere from the glimmering white taper cables on each table to the herringbone floor and area rugs and upholstered banquettes, you feel you are somewhere special. On our second visit, we ordered from the restaurant week menu and it did not disappoint plus it was an excellent value. The burrata with pistachios and citrus fruits was fresh and creamy, the Fritto misto had jumbo shrimp, fried olives and a delicious aioli. We both ordered the branzino, a nice size filet with a beautifully charred skin on top of an arugula salad with olives and braised fennel. We ended with a chestnut cake and the chocolate panna cotta- both perfectly executed and delicious. The only negative was the price of the old fashioned cocktail. At $24, it was very expensive for something we make just as good at home. We won’t order that again next time. However, this has become my new favorite place to eat and will be back again soon.

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  18. aracelih

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic meal. Ordered off the restaurant week dinner menu and all three meal choices were excellent.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific Restaurant week menu. Vegetarian meal was very well prepared and filling. Will be back again

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  20. JohnS

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed the restaurant week offerings. There were also excellent wine selections to compliment our choices, as always. Well done!

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  21. EllieE

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is always spectacular but our server was horrid. Barely spoke a word to us. Never checked in to make sure we were enjoying our food. And then expected a 20% for doing less than the minimum. I will be thinking twice before going back.

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  22. CarolL

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, Acanto is a great place to have lunch or dinner in downtown Chicago

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  23. magu

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I wanted a place to meet a colleague fo have a nice lunch and to catch up. The service was attentive and the food was amazing. Surprise—-we were able to avail ourselves of the Chicago Restaurant Week menú. I had the burrata salad served with a light vinaigrette and fresh orange/ grapefruit slices and pistachios. The textures were amazing and I could have stopped there! I had the trout as an entree—-served with leeks (fennel?) and roasted potatoes. that was followed by a chocolate pana cotta that that was so creamy and decadent. My colleague had a shrimp appetizer and risotto that she really enjoyed. Everything was delicious. Thank you for a great meal!

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  24. Harrio

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I were dining during Restaurant Week. The restaurant was beautiful, Alex our waiter was AMAZING! My husband and I chose Frito Misto, and the Italian Job Sandwich, both Delicious! For dessert, hubby chose Panna Cotta and I chose the Chestnut Cake. The Panna Cotta was delicious. Unfortunately, neither of us cared for the Chestnut Cake. The taste of the cake was bland, so was the candied chestnut. In addition the presentation was not appealing.

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  25. Benedictlover

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I visited Acanto by chance during Restaurant Week. I had items from the Restaunt Week menu, she had the squid ink pasta. Everything was really fantastic. Dinner was around $150 plus tip including four glasses of wine. Ambience is really excellent. Service was on point. Will definitely return.

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  26. Christian

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Acanto was absolutely fantastic! We went there for my birthday, and while I had high expectations, they were pleasantly exceeded! The Gnocchi was out of this world... One million percent returning!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very well prepared and presented plates, everting was cooked perfectly. Service from Philip was on point, cocktails were excellent as was the wine selection. Great ambiance.

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  28. ElleAnon

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cozy little place adjacent to The Gage. Went for Restaurant Week lunch after Art Institute visit. Good options for fixed price 3 course meal. Delicious buratta and Tuscan bean soup appetizers, excellent trout entree, and imaginative chestnut dessert torte, with mandarin oranges and macaroons cream. Would definitely come back.

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  29. AlexisK

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for Restaurant Week and had the burrata, agnolotti, and the panna cotta. All was very good but there were only 5 pieces of the agnolotti as the main entree, which I felt was not worth the value of a $59 dinner. The panna cotta was incredible though. Very nice ambiance with long stem candles on the table. It made it a little dark but also warm and romantic. I would go back but stick to ordering off the main menu instead of RW menu.

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  30. MissyR

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service! Restaurant week was a hit :)

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was surprised by the very small portions for restaurant week. Food was delicious but not a good value.

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  32. RobertW

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We got two different $59 restaurant week special dinners, and both were outstanding; also, wines by the glass were a solid pour. Only things: my peposo was not quite hot enough, and the "supertuscan" was only good, not great.

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  33. Shanbam44

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for a quick lunch between appointments, pleasant surprise that they were doing a restaurant week menu. The burrata and the service were outstanding.

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  34. FrankM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another wonderful meal at this fine restaurant. Had some first time guests who were extremely impressed with food, service and value (it was restaurant week).

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience, food was wonderful great servers

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  36. JohnG

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great REAL Italian food. Delicious! Their homemade pasta was great!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food with superb service in a calming atmosphere

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  38. dineoutChi

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    First day of Restaurant Week - had to ask for the menu because we were only given the regular menu at first. This has happened to me at this spot before - apparently their happy hour is a trade secret and you have to ask for the menu! Apart from that the service was good. Food - restaurant week special of braised short beef was good. Included baby onions which needed to be grilled but were just raw (and almost offensive). Neither desert - panna cotta or hazelnut tart were very good. If they are trying to get repeat customers, the menu choices were confusing.

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  39. JosephB

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently excellent food and service. What a great spot!

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  40. ChiRussell

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always love coming to Acanto. The space is inviting, warm and roomy. Good activity level for the Thursday night in the freezing cold outside. Phillip led an attentive service staff and was very helpful on dish details and cocktail and wine selection. You really can't go wrong - We had the 2 fish dishes, both fantastically cooked atop a hearty base (lentils for one, chickpeas for the Char). Really a lovely evening. I love to focus on Gin cocktails - Gin deserves more attention. They have 2 lovely gins, both Italian made that were wonderful and balanced. Thanks for a lovely evening.

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FAQs

Acanto does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Acanto also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 578-0763.

Acanto is rated 4.8 stars by 3540 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 59 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Acanto

18 South Michigan, Chicago, IL 60603

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Between Madison St. and Monroe St. across from Millenium Park.
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown / Loop
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Wed 11:00 am–9:00 pm Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    The nearest self-park garage is the Grant Park North Garage. Enter from Michigan between Randolph and Monroe Streets. Every day we offer a discounted parking rate of $18 rate for parking for up to 12 hours. Please see our host stand for parking discount vouchers. $32 valet parking is also available at the University Club, 76 East Monroe Street.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chris Gawronski
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (312) 578-0763
  • Private party facilities
    The intimate dining room is ideal for rehearsal dinners, engagement celebrations, showers and post-wedding brunches, while Acanto’s patio on Michigan Avenue is a dream setting for cocktails. Up to 75 (seated) or 100 (cocktail) guests, inclusive of outdoor space.
  • Private party contact
    events@acantochicago.com: (312) 372-4001
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