hello - i'm helping organize 4 dinners for a group visiting chicago in may. I've received a slew of recommendations from various people and wanted to throw it out to chowhound people.
We're looking for a combination of very nice (3 nights) to super nice (saturday night). Need a private room, or semi-private. The crowed is 40s to 60s modern museum people so fairly hip but not "W Hotel" hip. They're staying at the Peninsula if that gives you an idea.
This is what we're thinking (again for dinner):
Les Nomades, Mercat, Nomi and Quartino or Grahamn Elliott.
Previous names we've discarded for no definitive reason other than somebody telling me no are Tru, Spiaggia, 160 blue, mkchicago, Crofton, Salpicon, Fronterra, Topolobampo.
We'll need some lunch suggestions, in case you think that some of these are better suited for lunch.