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Thoughts on Sixteen and other trip questions

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Ausconsin | | Jul 15, 2012 04:51 PM

Hello all,
I'll be heading down to Chicago at the end of August with my dad in what has become an annual tradition of Epicureanistic exploration. We will be going for three nights (Thur night - Sunday day), and I have a few questions on restaurant choices. Below is a list of places we've been to in the past:
Avec
Blackbird
Publican
Avenues (RIP)
Alinea
L2O (under Gras, Tatami Room)
Topolobampo/Frontera/Xoco
Burt's Place
Schwa
Perennial (the original)
Tru
Longman and Eagle (lunch)
Sunda

There might have been more, but that's what comes off the top of my head at the moment. Anyway, for the upcoming trip, the only thing we have set in stone is Vie on Thursday night. We are on the waiting list for El Ideas for both Friday and Saturday (not holding my breath), and I'll be calling Schwa this week for reservations since it was my dad and I's number one place we want to return to. Any recommendations for night three if El Ideas doesn't pan out? Because of the recent review, I've considered making Sixteen one of the nights, but has anyone personally been there to experience it under this new chef? I've also been hearing a lot about Acadia, but, like Sixteen, only very recently. Any experiences here worth noting? Other considerations were to Moto, Les Nomades, Graham Elliot, or even L2O (this time in the normal dining room). Any recommendations or experiences from Acadia and/or the new Sixteen, or a place I'm overlooking? Thanks for any and all help!

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