I will be traveling to Chicago at the end of this week for a conference and extending our stay to visit with family. We'll be in the Windy City for a week and a half. Staying at the Westin on Michigan Ave. Here's my question, what places would you recommend for a food and culture lover? We won't have a car, but love taking public transportation and taking the L is on our list. (or whatever you call Chicago's subway). We'll be taking in a play, go to listen to some music and check out some of the city's wonderful architecture.
We want a mix of moderate to moderately expensive ($40-$60) per person including a bottle of wine to share to down right cheap dives ($20 or less). What are the absoluely not to miss places? We'll be keeping touristy spots to a bare minimum, although food tourism is another thing all together. Know about Gino's pizza, Hot Doug's. What about Moto's? And should we really spend all that money to eat at Charlie Trotter's? Looking forward to your recommendations. Thanks for your help!
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