Small grad party - 15 people - Goldcoast/River North
I'm graduating from law school next month and am looking for ideas of places in the River North/Gold Coast area to have a small dinner party for 15 people. We don't need a private room, just a restaurant where we can hear each other talk. I've lived in Chicago for 3 years and have a good idea about the top-end and more-foodie restaurants, but am clueless when it comes to choosing a place for a big group.
My parents are footing the bill for this dinner - so I want it to be somewhat affordable (30pp w/o alcohol max) but not run-of-the-mill or national-chain food. I would appreciate any and all suggestions! I've been thinking about Wildfire or Francesca's but am not sold on either yet.
Thanks in advance!!