I'll be flying from DC to visit my boyfriend in Chicago next week, and we have ONE night (Friday) to dress up and celebrate our time together. We're both young professionals, so money does matter, but we are also obsessed with good food and will be willing to pay (within reason) for a truly extraordinary meal.
I've read some of the previous posts about the "top" restaurants like Alinea and Charlie Trotter's -- are these places are really worth the trip? I've read about One SixtyBlue and Blackbird being comparable in quality but a bargain in price, but posts like this one - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/404709 - make me wonder. If you could recommend one restaurant for a happy, special reunion between two young foodies, what would be my best bet?
I really appreciate your help with this topic, and I'm so excited to be visiting Chicago!