I just found out that I'm getting a big promotion and my sweet husband has offered to take me to Chicago for weekend of celebrating. We live in Iowa City, but he grew up in Glenview, so Chicago is our "special date" city. In the past, we've always gone for music or sporting events and eaten at his favorites - Gino's, Lou's, Johnnie's, the Works for gyros and polish; or we've stayed in the burbs and eaten with his family - think non-adventurous like The Bagel. But since this IS a celebration for me, I get to pick where we eat this trip and he said he'll go anywhere!
So I've been reading these boards ravenously for years and am now in a conundrum because I don't know what to pick. And even thought my hubby will go anywhere I want, I do want him to enjoy the experience too. He's becoming more and more adventurous and we saw Chef Cantu and Chef's Tramonto and Gand on Iron Chef episodes and he was intrigued by both even though he professes to hate frou frou preparations (his words, not mine).
So in light of all of that, and reading the recent reviews, here's what I've come up with:
Schwa - probably not a chance of getting a reservation now, especially since I understand they are closed on Saturdays
Alinea - likely the same reservation problem
I'm a little worried about hubby's sticker shock (we live in Iowa City after all), so in the next tier, I have:
Sweets and Savories
I would love some advice and or guidance - and would also welcome other recommendations. The Rick Bayless restaurants are out, because he really doesn't like Mexican food and no argument will convince him that this is different.