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NYC Hound Coming Back to Chicago at the end of June

kathryn | | Apr 19, 2011 10:01 PM

This will be the 3rd or 4th time in the city, so looking to fill on gaps from previous trips. Will be arriving Tuesday midday (June 28) and leaving Friday midday (July 1).

Even though we love Alinea (been 2x), there's no need to go back right now as we have tickets to Next. We're also avoiding the very high end meals due to Next and a planned trip to Blue Hill Stone Barns in Tarrytown, NY for our anniversary about ten days before we visit Chicago.

In the past we have tried Bongo Room, Publican, Hot Doug's, Xoco, The Gage, Frontera (only for brunch) Grill, Sepia (only for brunch), Lao Szechuan on previous trips. Really didn't like Bongo Room but that's about the only one.

We love raw bars, pork, local vegetables, charcuterie, tapas, offal, eggs, small plates, anything David Chang touches. I'm assuming we probably don't need to do any Asian food since most of it seems on par with NYC when you include Queens, unless it's something more interesting/fusion-y.

NB: Husband is not a fan of Chicago pizza (he's definitely a New Yorker here) or Italian beef sandwiches. We are also giant cocktail nerds who make regular visits to Pegu Club, Death & Company, PDT in NYC and in the past 12 months have spent time at Drink in Boston, the Columbia Room in DC, Bar Congress & Haddington's in Austin, and, of course, The Violet Hour in Chicago.

I am very curious about Stephanie Izard's restaurant given the Beard nomination and I liked her on Top Chef.

My itinerary so far:


Late lunch at Purple Pig:
I'm thinking we hit them up around 1:30pm or 2pm.

Drinks at the Violet Hour:
Before 7pm. Still the best spot in town, I presume?

Dinner at the Girl and the Goat:
I've already reserved for 9pm.


Late breakfast at Heaven on Seven:
Our timing is dependent upon when we wake up. We're staying at the Hotel 71 on Wacker & Michigan. There doesn't seem to be a lot of breakfast/brunch options between our hotel and the Shedd Aquarium, which is the destination for the day.

Drinks/snacks at Sable:
I'm really looking forward to trying Sable for the cocktails. Is this #2 spot in town, after Violet Hour? The menu also looks fantastic.

Dinner at Frontera Grill:
I called today and already reserved for 8pm.


Brunch at Feast or lunch at Big Star? Or other?
Is there a better late breakfast / early lunch place within a 10 minute walk of the Damen/North/Milwaukee Aves? I'm planning on spending the day doing shopping in Wicker Park.

Drinks at Aviary and Dinner at Next:
I scored tickets for 7pm the day they went on sale (!) so this is set in stone.


Late breakfast / early lunch at Sable or Xoco

Then off to the train station. Thoughts?

Previous trip report:

1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Hot Doug's
3324 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Bongo Room
1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Frontera Grill
445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

Heaven on Seven
600 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Violet Hour
1247 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

449 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

Girl and the Goat
809 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661

Purple Pig
500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611