A friend and I are coming into town for a conference on Nov. 14 thru the 18th. Okay, she's there for the conference and I'm there for fun! We will be staying at the Palmer House Hilton at 17 East Monroe Street. We need some help looking for cool places to try around our area. We want to stay away from any chains - bars, restaurants, and otherwise - and will probably want at least one nicer dinner, some good places for coffee, good places for wine/beer drinking and a few places for more casual (but still yummy!) meals. We are both ladies in our mid/late twenties who have never been to Chicago. And if there is a 'can't miss' that's a little bit of a trek from our location, we don't mind an adventure.
Thanks for your input!