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Questions on my chicago trip this weekend

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Questions on my chicago trip this weekend

KathyH | Sep 20, 2009 07:04 AM

We are coming to Chicago this Thursday. The first two nights we’ll be staying at the Marriott O’Hare so I can attend a conference. Then on Saturday afternoon we’ll be moving to the city and staying at Sutton Place Hotel which is on the corner of Bellevue and Rush, just off Michigan. We got a great deal so that is why we are staying there.

I have gotten a ton of info from this board and have looked at so many restaurants and menus but finally have things almost figured out. Thank you to everyone for your input on my earlier post.

We get into Chicago at 3:30 and hopefully, if we don’t have a ton of delays, can be at our hotel by 5:00ish. Had originally planned to catch the El into the city and have dinner at Avec, but have shifted gears. Now plan to go to Wicker Park/Bucktown for the evening. Figure there are lots of options there. Trying to decide between Spring or Le Bouchon, but open to other suggestions. May stop at The Violet Hour for a drink and Hot Chocolate for dessert. How is this area for walking around in the evening?

Friday will get some deep dish pizza for dinner; I think Gino’s East and Giordanos area close to the hotel.

Saturday for dinner we have reservations at Topolobampo. I made those reservations a long time ago, have wanted to go there for a while. Good thing as now we’d never get in.

Sunday looks like should have nice weather. We will do Millennium Park, Art Institute and maybe one of the CAF river tours. Lunch will be The Gage. I have heard nothing but good things, my husband loves a place with a good beer selection. Do you know if they also serve their lunch menu along with the brunch menu?

Dinner on Sunday will be Avec. I realize we’ll have to wait, but hey, we are on vacation, we don’t mind.

Monday I haven’t figured out yet what we’ll do or where we’ll eat lunch. Still looking at places. Maybe an Italian beef sandwich somewhere, maybe deep dish pizza if we don’t have it Friday night. Monday dinner is at Table 52.

We leave Tuesday so will look for a place close to our hotel for a nice lunch. Any suggestions?

Any good bars around where we are staying to grab some cocktails after dinner?

I am really looking forward to our trip. It should be a ton of fun. I would have liked to have dinner at a place like Alinea but unfortunately a little beyond our budget this trip.

Question on dress, I assume that the two places we are having dinner at so far are business casual or a pair of dress jeans and a nice top?

Okay, think that is it for now. Looking for any comments, input or suggestions.
Thanks,
KathyH

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