Last time to Chicago, I stayed in the city, enjoying meals at Fat Rice, Purple Pig, and Publican Quality Meats, to name a few.
This time, I'm flying into ORD but trying to avoid traffic and parking issues, with no need to go into all the action since I'll be working almost an hour west and then also an hour southwest of the city. But as I'll likely stay fairly close to the airport, I'm looking for restaurant recommendations that are fairly easily accessible.
I'll be dining solo and always enjoy "offbeat" food (offal, ethnic influences, etc.). Chef's counter is always fun, especially when solo. Alcohol is not a factor.
I didn't make it to Longman & Eagle last time. Looks like it's about a 20 minute drive from ORD, so something like that might be do-able if I avoid heavy traffic times. But open to any and all suggestions. And as a bonus, if anything is worth considering toward or in or toward Joliet or DeKalb, I'd love to know. Thanks!