Coming to Chicago for the labor day jazz fest. When we came for same in 2008, my chowhound board research and your replies to my post suggested the following restaurants (among others) within close walking distance of our hotel.
Atwood Cafe, Trattoria 10, Rhapsody, Park Grill, The Gage, Russian Tea time
We had dinner at Atwood and Park Grill in 2008. Both excellent overall experiences. Slight preference for the Park Grill. Although we're comfortable with the option of re-visiting those restaurants, I'm wondering what you'd recommend from the list found above or additional suggestions in the event we'd like to try some different restaurants. We'll be in town for 3 dinners. Lunches will be informal or grab and go. I've read many recs for Pizzano's nearby, so we'll keep that in mind if we're in the mood for a pizza lunch or late night snack. I'd also appreciate your tips for best Chicago dog and italian beef if available in our vicinity. Due to our busy schedule, please limit your suggestions to close proximity of hotel/art institute/jazz fest. As to preferred price point for dinner for 2, I'd say approximately $120-$150 including 2 drinks each (or bottle of wine) and tip (if that's possible). We're open to many different cuisines, although we're not interested in expensive fine dining options. Contemporary American with good seafood choices tends to work well for us, but no need to limit your suggestions to that style. Lastly, I enjoy excellent micro/craft beers, so restaurant or pub suggestions with selections beyond the typical Bud/Miller/Heineken fare will be appreciated. Above average wine by the glass list, not too over-priced, also a plus. Thanks!