We currently live in NY and will be visiting Chicago from Nov 26 - Dec 1 during Thanksgiving weekend. Staying in West Chicago so will probably be only downtown for one day since we have limited transportation options. I've been to Chicago before, but was not a "foodie" back then so haven't tried much. Looking to achieve the following in this trip:
1. Try the basic, iconic Chicago foods. From what I've read in these boards, this is my list so far. I would be happy if I can just try one of each kind:
Pizza - Gino's East (there is a location in West Chicago)
Hotdog - Hot Doug's or Wieners Circle
Italian Beef - Al's
Cheesburger - Billy Goat Tavern
Since we are only going to be downtown for one day, I want to save lunch and dinner for things that are only available in downtown. I've so far booked a brunch resy at Frontera Grill. But I am open to other suggestions ($10-15 entrees for brunch) and for dinner ($15-25 entrees per person) so no go for Alinea and the like.
2. Looking for recommendations around the West Chicago area. Open to anything iconic, unique, or just really good versions of regular foods.