Excited about my first trip to Chicago but stressing (ok just a little) about my dinner selections. I will be there from Thursday to Sunday in October with my wife. I have a reservation at Alinea for one night (not sure I can wait until October...) but not sure what to do for the other two. I really want to try a Rick Bayless spot and was leaning toward doing dinner at Frontera Grill on Thursday night. Is this a must do? How is the wait on a Thursday night? is lunch a better play? is Topolobampo a better call?
If I do dinner at Frontera one night that leaves one more dinner. I've reviewed the Board and narrowed it down to Tru, L20, Spiaggia, North Pond, MK, Everest and Blackbird. Of course, I'm open to additional suggestions. I'm looking for Chicago's best/must do's and a good follow up/compliment to Alinea and Frontera.
If Frontera is a pass or a lunch, I need two more spots.
I'm also interested in great casual lunch spots. Dogs, deep dish etc. (Hot Doug's and Lou Malnati's??)
Looking forward to your recs and my first trip to Chicago.
Thanks in advance.
I'm leaning toward staying at the Peninsula if location matters.