I have two girls visiting for a girl's weekend from NYC, one girl that is local to CH on a budget and myself - local to CH, no budget. We're in our mid/late 20s and will be going out on Saturday, Sept 6th. We want a prime time reservation (8 pm) at a hip place that serves great food, but could work for the girl that is on a budget. I booked a table at Table 52 but am rethinking that reservation due to the budget and the crowd that it apparently attracts (a bit older?), although it will still stay on my list of places to eat in our great city. My main goal is to show the NYers that we have a great restaurant scene here while staying within a relatively reasonable budget range.
My personal favorites (though definitely out of the price range for this group): Naha, Aigre Doux. I like Avec but will in no way wait that long for a table on a Saturday night. Just went to Otom, which was decent, but would like to try something new.
Neighborhoods: Loop, West / South Loop, River North, Near North, Bucktown / Wicker Park. I'd like to not go as far north as Lincoln Park or really south in the South Loop if possible.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated! Time is slightly of the essence here, as I'd like to be able to snag a reservation as soon as possible due to the popular day/time slot that I'm looking for.