Hello from Sydney. I've been lurking for a while in preparation for our visit to Chicago. I have a few questions that I hope you can help with.
My wife and I (both in 50's) are staying at the James Chicago for 3 nights in mid December.
Then we will be joined by our daughter and her partner, and our son. We are all staying in an apartment in the south loop for a week over the Xmas period. We are looking forward to a white Xmas.
I've booked the 2 of us for dinner at David Burke Primehouse and Sable. Any other suggestions for Interesting local dining experiences in close proximity to the James? We've been to Uno 15 years ago when last in Chicago, but would welcome further suggestions for restaurants, bars etc. We aren't keen on degustation style restaurants, and don't queue ... preferring more casual dining, small plates, unique Chicago offerings. Happy to pay for this, good thing the Aussie dollar is strong now. Places of interest include Piccolo Sono, G&T oyster bar, Black Dog Gelato but happy to hear other suggestions.
We have a family meal booked at Chicago Firehouse which is around the corner from the apartment. We also plan to go to Lou Malnati's, Mercat ala Planxa and the Christkindl market. Any other must-visit restaurants and bars nearby?
Finally, we are eating in for the Xmas meal. Where would you suggest we go to buy good quality foods and wines for the day?
Any ideas & suggestions for our visit are appreciated. Merry Xmas to you all.