A group of 3 to 4 friends are coming to Chicago for a foodie restaurant run. Thursday night is El Ideas. Friday morning is exploration and museums followed by lunch not sure yet. Friday dinner is Schwa with backups at Senza and Blackbird in case Schwa is cancelled. Saturday morning we plan to explore the city some more and then brunch at The Publican. Saturday night we will be having dinner at Alinea followed by cocktails at The Aviary. Sunday brunch is open, followed by some more exploration and then a late lunch trip to check out Hot Doug’s after which we will be flying out that night. I am having seconds thoughts about the line up, mainly El Ideas. Considering we are doing Schwa the next night and I have heard some say El Ideas is a “grown up” version of Schwa, would it then be better for us to look elsewhere? Do you all have any advise as to where to go? I have been looking at Elizabeth but since we are doing Alinea Saturday night is it a good idea to do them back to back or maybe save it for the next trip. Do you all have good lunch spots you can recommend? Furthermore two of my friends are avid Belgian beer fans. I hear The Map Room and Bad Apple have the best selection and I was wondering if there are any other notable ones in Chicago.