We meet in-laws in Chicago on Aug 13. We will be spending the 13th and 14th at an O'Hare airport hotel, working. We then move to what I believe is the Near North End neighborhood, Residence Inn, 201 E Walton Pl.
We love interesting food, trying new wines and craft beers, relatively casual atmosphere (bistro) or neighborhood bar/food. Budget is not unlimited but can be stretched for a good cause.
First, is there anything close to the airport that comes close to our interest?
Regarding staying at our second hotel, I've been reading over past Chowhound posts. We don't mind short cab rides and there appear to be some very interesting places on West Randolph St. (although Blackbird may be pushing our budget). Just reading about the various options there make me wish we could extend our visit.
I don't know the city at all, and don't have a good feel for what other fun/interesting places may be withing a short cab ride.
Regarding places within possible walking distance of our hotel, I did find Chowhound references to The Purple Pig (sounds great) and DiSotto Enoteca (perhaps). Any suggestions regarding other close places.
Also, we have to try a Chicago hot dog, just as we eat boudin when in Louisiana. Anything close to the hotel? Thanks much.