My partner and I will be traveling from Australia in June to visit some family in Wisconsin. While we're on that side of the planet, we decided to stop down in Chicago for 4 nights with the parents.
I'm from the Midwest and have been to Chicago a number of times, but this will be my partner's first trip to the US. Dinners 1-3 are with my parents, and we will likely hit distinctly Chicago places serving food we can't find in Australia (Mexican, deep dish, etc).
On the fourth night, I want to surprise my partner with a fine dining anniversary dinner for just us two (I love my parents, but...). I have been to Alinea years back and have heard middling reports as of late. Schwa would be a really unique dinner, but organising it via phone from Australia will be near impossible. I'm really tossing up between Grace, Moto, and Restaurant Elizabeth.
Moto is actually most intriguing for me, because I've heard it has gotten better under Chef Farina. My partner isn't that experienced at fine dining, and Moto looks - for lack of a better word - fun. Whimsical dishes who's flavor is starting to catch up. Any word on Moto lately? Any other suggestions? 42 Grams has popped up on my radar, but seems less romantic due to the communal table.
Chicago has spoiled me with choice! Any advice?