My new review of the Dining Room at Kendall College is up on the Reader Restaurant Finder–finally. A teaching restaurant staffed entirely by advanced students in Kendall’s culinary and hospitality programs, it’s been on my list of places to check out since April, when I spent some time hanging around the cooking classes for a story (pdf) about the school’s remarkable turnaround. The full-service white-tablecloth restaurant has been getting high praise from Raters since it opened in early 2005, and judging by Thursday’s dinner, it’s well deserved. 

The restaurant closes for winter break, along with the school, this Wednesday, but reopens January 8 with a new menu for the new quarter. A word of caution: reservations are harder to come by than you’d think, as the dining room only serves from noon to 1:30 at lunch and 6 to 8 at dinner (till 8:30 on Saturdays, closed Sundays).

Also starting up again in January is the Monday Night Dining Series, a six-week sequence of five-course dinners prepared by guest chefs and Kendall students exploring Chicago’s ethnic cuisines. The exact specialties are still TBD, but at $38 a pop the dinners are a sweet deal. Another sweet deal: half-price wine Tuesdays.