This will be my first time in Chicago, BF has been here before, and we're very excited! I'm into anything/everything, BF somewhat, but not always. (He wouldn't be into Alinea, for instance, drat him.) We live in San Francisco, so we have good Mexican, good Italian/pizza, and excellent Cal/Medi/locavore type-places (we also have really good gastropubby, small-plates places are calling to me. i've researched this board, as well as Eater 38, and have come up with the following:
Wed., 4/24, arrive at 3:00 P.M.
The Bristol. Dinner, 8 p.m. (have res.)
Thurs., 4/25, Purple Pig, Late Lunch, 3ish
Fri., 4/26, Xoco - Lunch (or any other day)
Yusho 7 p.m. - Dinner (have res.)
Sat., 4/27, Al’s Italian beef/Portillo’s Hot Dog - Lunch (or any another day)
Naha, 8 p.m., Dinner (have res.)
Sun., 4/28, North Pond, 1:00 p.m., Brunch (have res.)
Mon., 4/29, Nothing scheduled
Tues., 4/30, Nothing scheduled
Wed., 5/1, leave at 1:00 p.m.
I've deliberately left a lot open for wandering/discovering purposes, and to accomodate the BF's desire to eat more casually (i.e., cheaper) at times. (and we do plan to hit Malnati's for deep dish pizza!) We are staying at The Allerton at 701 N. Michigan. We'll be hitting the Art Inst., other museums, galleries, probably the aquarium, checking out all your groovy architecture, hitting divey bars at night, and sleeping in. We are walkers/public transpo people, including cabs if need be. Not big breakfast folk, preferring to save our appetites for later in the day. Also, I have a friend who lives in Chicago i'll be seeing one night during the week for eats/drinks so that will be in the mix too.
My fear is that I've scheduled too much of one type of dining experience? For the places I have reservations, it's early enough that I can change them/cancel if you tell me I'm doing it all wrong/have better ideas.
other places in contention:
Dragon Ranch (BBQ)
Mercat a la Planxa
Oh, and the BF would love a good steak, not necessarily dry-aged, not necessarily IN an actual steakhouse, but not averse to that. I've looked at many of the steakhouse options, read reviews here, but if anyone knows where there is just a kick-ass, delicious rib-eye elsewhere, please let us know!
TIA for all your help! I'll be checking back here often, as we've got about 5-6 weeks before our trip. Thanks again!