Hello foodies. I'm a long-time New Yorker recently transplanted to Streeterville for school. I'm looking to find my new culinary home in Chicago, and I'd love some help. My roommates and I are trying to build two lists of places to go--one of places that are (relatively) close by and worthwhile--favorite chinese, thai, sushi, lunch, dessert/ice cream, deli, breakfast, etc. Since none of us have cars (and are in class most of the day), we're looking for close-ish. I'd also love a list of places worth the (not outrageously difficult) trip--places to explore on the weekends.
For the first list, we tried Dao Thai the other night and found it to be passible but not amazing.
For the second, thinking Hot Doug's, some of the Dim Sum places in Chinatown (brings back memories of weekly trips to Dim Sum Go Go or Golden Unicorn), etc. We're frankly less interested in the debates about which place is BEST (we'll try 'em all), just some pointers as to where to head.
I'm sure that this has also been covered elsewhere to some degree--if there are links that would be helpful instead of originally constructed paragraphs, those would be great as well.