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About MLG

“This hidden gem, nestled along the tracks with a pretty flower-laden courtyard for dining, is one to put on regular rotation. Modern and chic, the dining room, with its rotating art selections, dark wood seating and black leather half-banquettes that sit below an inset circular ceiling, is a great place for power lunches and weekend dates. The lounge, which is separated from the dining room by a state of the art glass wine room, is perfect for grabbing quick bites and craft cocktails. As for the food, it's hard to lose. Among starters, the crab cakes and margherita flatbread are rivaled by a French onion soup that's better than what you find at most French bistros. An absolute must to follow is the cedar plank salmon, cloaked in a teriyaki glaze and served with grilled asparagus and shoestring potatoes. The steaks, ribs and bourbon-glazed pork chop are no slouches either, especially when paired with a glass of wine from the extensive but approachable wine list.”

181 E Laurel Ave
Lake Forest, IL 60045
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:30 pm

Cross Street:
Western and Laurel

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 234-9660

Website:
http://www.mlgchicago.com/

Entertainment:
Our comfortable bar becomes quite the meeting place on the weekends when our talented performers entertain in the lounge. Performers include, Marjorie Stroud, Predrag, Dave Allen and Warren Beck.

Catering:
We prepare and serve food for all types of events, occasions and functions. From an up-scale lavish event to the more casual and less formal affairs, the food and service is a critical component to having a successful event, making our role very important. Let us bring the success to your next event.

Parking Details:
Our corner location makes street parking a breeze; in addition we have garage parking available on nights and now offering valet parking friday and saturday on the weekends.

Public Transit:
We are located right near the Lake Forest Metra train station.

Executive Chef:
Pete Svachula

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please visit http://mlgchicago.com/specials/ for daily specials!

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MLG Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.0

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (41)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Good for a Date (29)
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Casual (25)
Bar Seating (21)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Special Occasion (19)
Comfort Food (16)
Great for Lunch (16)
Worth the Drive (14)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Business Meals (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Good for Groups (12)
People Watching (11)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Fun (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Romantic (9)
Live Music (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Cozy (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Authentic (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Healthy (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Live Sports (2)
Vegan (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined a day ago

Great food and service. Portions generous. Branzino was excellent. Highly recommend

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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Great experience, food was delicious, quite for lunch, will come again!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

This was my first visit to MLG and will NOT be my last. Everything was perfect from start to finish!! The sweet potato chips were delicious and my lightly grilled grouper was a real treat as grouper isn't on to many restaurants menus. My friend who had dinned there many times suggested it. The service was great, the food was outstanding and I can't wait to return.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was amazing, loved the modern decor as well. Waitress was very prompt, and took great care of us..However, the hostess seemed like she hated her job...could have been more polite. Will return, although hostess did present a bad first impression.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The waitress was terrible. And they no longer serve the one item that was my reason for going there. Expensive for what you get.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food is generally consistent, and good. Nice offerings, great flavor. Service can often use a bit of work. Our table was near(ish) the door, and every time the door opened we would get a cold rush of air - very unpleasant. We should have asked to be moved.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Everyone in our party enjoyed the food that they selected. This time we tried the chicken special. Plenty of food to eat (and take home). Yummy. Service was great, as usual.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 27, 2017

I like this place, great food with great staff and great service. I was pleasantly surprised by the wines by the bottle special they were running, great deals on some great wines. I will be back

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Delicious Dinner with our girls who were home for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Great way to wrap up the holiday! Branzino, salmon, pasta & desserts (creme brulee & bread pudding) were amazing! Lunch, dinner, outdoor seating always delicious and fun at MLG!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Everything was great except that it was way, way, way too loud for us. My husband was repeating an entire neighboring table’s conversation verbatim. Luckily they weren’t saying anything that strangers shouldn’t be privy to! The acoustics are such that we could even hear conversations not so close to our table.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great time! Great server, food was very good and service was timely!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Live Music, Casual, People Watching
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The Greek Pressed chicken was out of this world. The appetizer Sweet Poppers were incredible. The bartender knows how to pour a drink. Lovely place. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2017

I would not recommend this place for anyone who is gluten free and has celiac disease! When I asked about items on the menu that were gluten free, the server told me there were only two things. I asked to speak to the chef and he did come out and talk with me. I tried one of the other items on the menu because the chef assured me he would take extra care with my entree. Unfortunately, I don't think he understood my explanation of what gluten free means. I have been sick for two days and will never eat there again. So, BEWARE celiac disease people!!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The food is good but the service has a lot of room for improvement especially when they are busy.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Love this place!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Salads were only OK. Very little dressing and nothing particularly special. Could step it up a notch...

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 (London)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great food as always

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 14, 2017

I was pleasantly surprised. I have thought about trying this place for a while . The reviews I read were less then stellar . The ambience is great , very high end look . There was no one present when I walked in . I did wait a couple minutes to be seated ,. Service could have been more attentive. The lunch crowd was not busy but I did see people seated in meeting space as well. I enjoyed the chips that were served rather then bread . We all enjoyed our entrees burgers , grouper etc... . I am planning on returning for dinner .

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Glad we found this on Open Table. (Would have passed this by, as no real indication from the street that this is a restaurant). Loved the chic atmosphere, the menu, and the food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Nice neighborhood spot with dependable food, solid service and excellent food and beverage selection.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2017

this restaurant as always was very good. we had the fish and brick chicken which was prepared very nicely. we use a 2 for 1 special deal which helped defray he cost. we have been there quite a few times and will go back for sure. it is also in a good location for us since we lie in highland park close to lake forest. the only thing negative was that we were seated close to some people who were very loud and drinking tooo much, but thtat is not the fauld to of the restaurant. i also really liked when you had the black female vocalist on the weekends what happened to her?

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Love MLG! From the excellent service to the attentive servers I love this place. If you are near Lake Forest make to to stop here. While it is not free, it is well worth the money.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We keep returning to this restaurant, hoping its menu will improve, but we continue to be disappointed. All the wait staff are super friendly and the wine list is certainly impressive, but the food offered shows little creativity in either type or method of preparation. Prices are expensive for what is relatively mediocre cuisine.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

three-couple dining experience was very enjoyable....food especially good--only negative not controllable: horribly loud group sat nearby halfway through meal

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Our two dinners and desserts were wonderfully prepared, presented and tasted delicious.

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great everything!!!! A bit noisy and the dining room was not even full.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Jessica is a terrific server.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Mary was our server and she did a very excellent job. Go Minnesota Wild! (I owed a friend in Lake Forrest for a hockey bet).

Tags: Kid-friendly, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Healthy
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Nice place for a birthday dinner. There was live music, and a pleasant decor. The deserts were very good. Vegetarian choices were tasty, but smaller portion than I would have liked for me.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

My first time to try this place, but definitely return again. Healthy contemporary dishes and nice atmosphere

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Busy; ribs arrived cool, baked potato not thoroughly cooked. Friendly and attentive waitress.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Service is horrible. Food came cold had to be reheated. This was our 3D time never going back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

We went with friends for dinner on a Tuesday night hoping for a quieter night, but this restaurant has a very loyal and animated following. We were able to move a corner table and that helped a great deal. The food was very good and all of us were most pleased. I had the shrimp and scallop risotto, a favorite of mine and my wife enjoyed her branzino.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Having moved from the city, I was excited to dine at MLG. Really a disappointing dinner. I must say the decor is pretty but being greeted by someone in jeans and tennis shoes with "HI"...was not what I was expecting.... ...the steaks were awful and the huge scoop of soggy vegetables on the plate left a lot to be desired. Their signature Bloody Mary had soggy shrimp and crab (it appeared to be frozen shrimp and crabmeat.)..... the server was nice but again not for the supposed caliber of this restaurant. I'm still trying to figure out what type of restaurant this is...so after $200.00.....I'm not going back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Good food. Excellent service. It did get a little loud as the restaurant filled. We will be going back.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Fantastic lunch - grouper was excellent! Service was very good, beautiful place.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent cuisine hidden in a residential suburb. The wait staff was friendly and efficient. The S'mores Galore dessert is worth the calories!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Horrible experience. 80 minutes wait for fried chicken. They ran out, cut pieces in half and tried to pass it off as a full dinner. Deceitful. Server was apologetic, manager disappeared. Potatoes were dry and tasteless. Cornbread was crumbly and dry. Would not go back on a Wednesday night for the special.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Our service was poor and the staff seemed overwhelmed. There were fellow diners who were also less than impressed with the long wait and lackluster food.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Good food & friendly staff. Comfortable atmosphere

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