My husband and I are in college, but we are treating ourselves to a short trip to Chicago right after Christmas, before New Years. We will only have Friday night to eat out, and are staying in a hotel on Michigan just south of the Art Institute. Last time we visited Chicago, we ate at 312 Chicago on North LaSalle and loved it. However, the menu doesn't seem different from May 2011, and I like to try different.
We can afford around $75-90pp including app, entree, dessert, drinks, tax and tip. This trip is our Christmas present to each other, and while we don't have alot to spend, we do want to make the most of our evening. Hubby would prefer a restaurant where we can dress up and not be out of place - he wants to wear a suit and tie. Also, we would prefer to dine around the 7-9 time frame, after the theater crowd. A restaurant where we can have a lingering meal would be nice - not rushed. A short taxi ride or a walk is fine, most likely taxi considering the season. So I guess another point would be the ability to get a taxi after dinner to go back to the hotel.
However, my husband prefers food that "he can pronounce" (his words), and refuses to order a tasting menu. I am willing to try anything, especially anything European. However, I am allergic to all nuts, and feel bad ordering at a restaurant where most dishes include nuts - I don't like asking for special accommodations. Unfortunately, while the location of North Pond looks amazing, most of the menu includes nuts, so that's out.
I would love to hear any recommendations that can be made. Thank you all so much in advance.