I'm heading to lovely Chicago this weekend (though weather outlook is kind of bad) with my wife and 9-month old baby. We'll be doing some of the classic fast food joints (e.g. Portillos). But it would also be nice to have something a bit higher end (not talking Alinea here or anything) where we can try out some of your more varied offerings. However, as we'll be with a little baby in tow, kid-friendly and relatively early seating (like 5pm) would be a necessity. By "kid friendly", I'm not looking for colouring books...just a place where it won't feel awkward to bring a little one.
My wife and I like oysters (really enjoyed Shaw's oyster bar during our last visit), small plates stuff to get a good variety of dishes, local beers.
We'll be staying at a hotel on corner of N. Michigan and E. Chestnut. No car, but we walk a lot and can take a cab, I guess.