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Help Finalizing My Chicago Itinerary

Guy Incognito | | May 30, 2012 08:18 PM

My wife and I will be in Chicago in June and I'm trying to finalize our dining itinerary. I have most of it planned out, but there are still a few holes to fill and I have some questions. I've been to Chicago a couple times before but this will be the first food-centric trip, so please pardon all the touristy stops. Here's what I have so far:

Arrive early evening
Dinner - Publican
Drinks - Aviary

Lunch - Topolobampo
Dinner - Boka (on the waitlist for EL Ideas)
Drinks - Any good places around Boka?

Lunch - XOCO
Dinner - Yusho
Drinks - Longman & Eagle
Depending on the weather, we may go to the White Sox game in the afternoon. Anything noteworthy around the stadium?

Lunch - Takashi for Sunday Noodles (or should we do Slurping Turtle instead?)
Early Dinner - Maybe Purple Pig. We will be going to a concert in Tinley Park that night. Anything worth checking out around there or on the way? We'd be most interested in good "ethnic" spots for food you can't find in the city.
Late night - Barcito or GT Fish & Oyster

Brunch - Longman & Eagle (maybe)
Lunch - Hot Doug's
Pre-flight snack - Tortas Frontera

Standbys for drinks and/or small bite if time and stomach space allows:
Signature Room
Revolution Brewpub
Violet Hour
Publican Quality Meats

For breakfast each day, I figure we'll play it by ear. We'll probably want to try Doughnut Vault, Do-Rite, and maybe Primehouse, since we're staying at the James.

Also, we may try to squeeze Lou Malnati's somewhere in there. Is there any noticeable difference in quality between any of the locations, or is there any one location that is considered the "best"?

Are there any "musts" that I missed? Anything I should reconsider?

Sorry, I know there are a lot of questions here, but any help or feedback would be greatly appreciated!