Getting married next summer in Chicago and we're having a rehearsal dinner with just our immediate families, 12 adults in all. My fiancée and I are hoping to keep the bill under $1500 so reserving a private room is out (most minimums are $2000). Family will probably be in hotels in River North without cars. We're leaning toward Italian, Southern, Seafood or Steakhouse, cuisine wise but I'm open to new suggestions. Our first choice was Girl & The Goat, but their room fee and minimum is right outside our budget.
No speeches. No slide shows to contend with. We just want a place with excellent food where we can hear ourselves talk. Ideas?