I'll be visiting Chicago for the first time this Thursday and thought I'd drop a note and ask for some recs before I start my eating. I'm open to any type of food, and am willing to splurge once (already have my eye on a dinner at Alinea, if possible). Other than that, I'd really like to have the best of what Chicago has to offer. Of course, I'd like to have some pizza (hear Gino's East is the place to go - any other choices?) and would love to get some great street food (something close to the loop or the convention center is ideal). I will be eating most nights with a group of 6-10, so larger restaurants with seating is ideal. We will all be staying near the Loop (Lake and State, to be exact), but don't mind traveling 10-30mins by El for a great meal. Some other suggestions for meals the group I'm with is looking for is Middle Eastern (Lebanese, Persian, etc. - we've heard good things about Reza's), Meditteranean (Spanish/Portuguese, Greek) and sushi (not too pricey!).
I'm looking forward to the advice and input of fellow 'hounds, and can't wait to eat in Chicago!