I will be in Chicago later next month for a conference and have the
fun task of planning our culinary adventures. My wife lived and attended school in Chicago in the late 90s so I was able to visit her a few times and loved the city. Being the lucky guy I am, she moved to CA with me and the rest is history.
We wil be staying at a hotel in the Mag Mile area and will be either walking or cabbing to our destinations. We like everything !
A newbie foodie back then, I return to see what Chicago has to offer in 2010. Since we will be in town for 3 nights and 4 days, I am looking for 3 decent restaurants for dinner and a few other must try places for breakfast and lunch. I am looking at 2 nice dinner places for the us, and a few places for a group (10-12 persons). Due to our late travel plans, Alinea was complete booked unless everyone decides to cancel that weekend or someone would like to give me their reservation =) . So far I am looking at Charlie Trotters, Tru, L20 and Moto for the wife and I. I am leaning towards L20 and Moto. I am also in need of a place for a group dinner that take reservations and is very food and wine friendly since this will be a very diverse group of palates. I am looking at Cafe des Architectes, a nice tapas place, or a great wine bar with a good food menu but an even better wine list. For stand by places, I am also looking for a sushi bar and steakhouse. So far, I am looking at Toro Sushi and David Burke's primehouse which maybe the destination of our group dinner. Lastly, I need a late dining establishment preferably more of a bistro setting that offers the usual pates, mussels, characuterie plates, etc
Of couse, a snack at Portillos and Uno will be in order. I am looking at recommendations or endorsements for restaurants that will create foodie memories for us while in Chicago. TIA !
1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
816 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
945 W Fulton, Chicago, IL 60607
Cafe des Architectes
20 East Chestnut Street, Chicago, IL 60611
2546 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614