My brothers and I (ages 37, 40, 48) are descending upon Chicago with our wives (kids at home w/ grandparents!) for three nights of fun. I am a Sr. Producer at Food Network in NYC, another brother owns two restaurants in San Francisco, and the 3rd might as well work in the industry, too, but he is too busy conserving land with the Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire. Each of our wives have as much of an appetite for restaurants, both fine and obscure, as we do.
We are staying at The Four Seasons in late October and trying to plan out the weekend (Fr-Mon.). We don't have a car, but cabs are not a problem nor is the subway or any other transport. We want to achieve a nice balance over the weekend -- we love a high-end dining experience, but it is not critical. We are most interested in great food, good local scene, and an environment that will allow a table of six to actually hear each other as we have much catching up to do. We all love the under-the-radar hole-in-the-walls, but nothing too down and dirty as we are a large group with some differences in tolerance, ultimately!
I have assembled a list of contenders -- again, we want to break it up so if you had three nights and some brunch/lunch options to squeeze in, how would you proceed -- any and all suggestions welcome!
The only criterion besides getting in a good pizza is that one of those nights in a birthday celebration as well. Thank you all ;)
One Sixty Blue
Hugo’s Frog Bar
Shaw’s Crab House
Home Run Inn
Vito & Nick's
Father & Son
New Maxwell St. Market on Sunday
Sol de Mexico