Will be coming to Chicago for a multi-day wedding celebration over the Labor Day weekend. My wife and I are arriving early (Wednesday) to grab some private tourist time before the festivities begin.
We are looking for a special diinner for two along these lines:
* not the formality and real big deal of Avenues, Everest, Alinea.
*.would prefer somewhat upscale Italian but didn't enjoy Spiaggia last time. We sat at the bar and found the service to be formulaic, the food to be a shrug, and the prices, especially the wine markups, to be astounding. If we were visiting NYC, we'd opt for Marea or perhaps A Voce. In San Francisco, maybe it would be SPQR or Locanda.
Any chow hound suggestions for somewhat upscale, innovative Italian cuisine?
* if non-Italian option are superior, we are open. Over the last several visits, we have tried and enjoyed: Purple Pig, Publican, Longman and Eagle, The Girl and the Goat and Terzo Piano.
Are there other options that we should not miss?
Thanks very much for your advice.
1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
980 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
159 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603
Girl and the Goat
809 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661
500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611