i'm dining solo in chicago on sat. night. first choice was to go to Alinea, heard about how it's really one of those once in a lifetime experiences (dining solo be damned, i want to do it)! but i'm on the waitlist, sort of seems long. TRU has availability either 6 or 9pm, but there's that $50 cancellation charge if you cancel too late (within 24hrs of the reservation).
does anyone have any experience on what the odds are that i might actually get into Alinea? should i just go with TRU?