I'm planning a trip to Chicago as a present for my wife. We are coming in town from Memphis and I've been to Chicago many times before but mainly with friends for concerts, sporting events, etc... so I've never really had a few days to take in the culinary scene outside of a couple places (Graham Elliot and Moto are the only fine dining I've experienced) so I need some advice from the almighty chowhound board.
fine dining - I definitely want to hit up Alinea but a) I'm not sure if I'll get in and b) I'm not sure if my wife can handle 18+ courses (she's not quite the foodie I am). What are some other good options?
Rick Bayless - my wife loves upscale mexican food so we were thinking of hitting up Frontera, I wanted to make sure that was the best option.
Pizza/hot dogs - I've been to a few places while in town but wanted your opinion on what is the best
also any other interesting options would be appreciated
Finally, hotels - I'm contemplating either the Drake or the Dana hotel and spa. I know they are both at the opposite end of the spectrum but I was curious to know if the Drake had nice rooms or if all it's charm was in the lobby and if I didn't choose the Drake if there was somewhere better downtown than the Dana hotel.
1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
945 W Fulton, Chicago, IL 60607