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Back in Chicago after 30 years - where should we go?


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Back in Chicago after 30 years - where should we go?

Retrokitch | | May 22, 2011 06:37 PM

I lived in Chicago for a little under 2 years in the early 1980s (working for Marshall Field's - gone, but not forgotten). I have fond memories of going hors d'oeuvring on Fridays with my friends, as we all had no money to spend on food. Now I'll be back for 5 days with my husband (who really hasn't been to Chicago although born in Evanston) for 5 days at the beginning of July to celebrate his 56th birthday. We are staying at the Hotel Monaco (having had a great Kimpton experience in DC), and I'm looking forward to the tail end of Chicagofest (which started, I think, when I lived there). As everything has changed (and we won't have a car, but a taxi or the el is fine), where should we go??? I loved Ambria for a special dinner (long gone, I understand) Walker Brothers for the apple pancake and coffee served with heavy cream (I am salivating right now), and Dues and Bacinos for pizza at the time; now I see that Lou Malnaniti's is the place to go. We definitely need a pizza fix, so recommendations are welcome. Have been cruising the boards, and have the following marked as potentials: Sable, Sprout, Frontera Grill, Bongo Room, North Pond. Eliminating Girl and the Goat because I doubt we can get in. I want our trip to be memorable - all suggestions are welcome! We will be going to Oak Park one day to see Frank Lloyd Wright's house (something I never got to do when I lived there), so if there's a great place for lunch, please weigh in on that as well. We love all cuisines - and food quality trumps atmosphere. I love Chowhounder's opinions, and look forward to hearing yours!

75 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

Bongo Room
1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Frontera Grill
445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

North Pond
2610 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614

2300 N Lincoln Park W, Chicago, IL 60614

Girl and the Goat
809 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661

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