I'm planning far ahead - coming with my BF for a big medical conference in October. But as I am unemployed, I don't want to ask him to pay for an over-the-top tasting menu like Tru, Schwa or Alinea.
Also, living in San Francisco, I've had my share of high-end, haute cuisine tasting menus anyway so I would rather seek out what is specific and special to Chicago on the affordable side ($50 inclusive without drinks - or less).
For example, here in the Bay Area, I would send folks to Burmese food or a Mission burrito or the latest ubiquitous food truck offering duck confit Bao dumplings; all fresh, interesting and relatively inexpensive.
Open to anything interesting to learn what is special to Chicagoans - be it pizza, polish, or pickled!
Thanks so much...