Coming to Chicago for the first time for a conference in 10 days. I will do some serious Chowhound research for must-experience dinner options. We're staying at the Congress Plaza Hotel on MIchigan Ave at Grant Park and are in need of some recommendations for nearby early morning breakfasts (healthy muffins, smoothies type things that can be taken to go to early morning sessions) and casual, inexpensive dinner places (we're easy -- love anything ethnic) ($20 per person, not including booze).
Thanks! Looking forward to some fabulous chowing in Chicago.