My boyfriend, myself, and his family will be in Chicago for five days around Thanksgiving, and I need some help. I've been reading the Chicago board for several weeks now and have many great ideas for eating out. Figuring out places to eat when it's just me and my boyfriend shouldn't be too difficult. We're incredibly open to all kinds of food and don't mind travelling around the city. The problem arises when we will be eating out as an entire family. His family is incredibly picky. Though I absolutely adore his mother, she tends to stick to chains and chicken tenders. This is the area where I need some serious pointers.
Here are the criteria:
-preferably in River North or at least not too far
-kid friendly (we'll have a two year old with us)
-reasonably priced (not more than 15-20pp)
-no reservations needed
On a separate note, I'd also like to run some of the places my bf and I would like to go to when we slip away from the family. Below are some of the places we're considering for eating/drinking in no particular order. Let me know what you think. From the length of the list, you can tell we plan to slip away often. :-)
"Little" Three Happiness
Blackbird (lunch-the pork belly sandwich sounds amazing!)
Juicy Wine Co.
I guess I should mention that our picks need to be fairly budget friendly as well. In case people have preferences that aren't on our list, here's a little info about us. We're relatively young and love to try new food. We'll try anything at least once. We like our drinks as well as our food so bar suggestions are always welcome. There isn't any type of ethnic food we wouldn't be open to.
I appreciate any suggestions you can give. From reading the posts, it is quite apparent you're a knowledgeable group. Thanks!