I will hopefully be visiting Chicago, by car, some time soon. I plan on spending 3 - 4 days depending on when I'll leave, which is very flexible - after all, it's only a 7-8 hour drive from here.. Food is an important part of my trip as Chicago has WAY more dining options than Duluth (lol).
I'm looking for the following:
1. Eastern European food - I'm thinking Bulgarian, Croatian, Lithuanian, Czech, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Romanian, and other harder-to-find cuisines (of course, I don't plan on eating them all!). I know that Chicago is abundantly blessed here.
2. Authentic Mexican - I hear that Chicago is a great city for Mexican food.
3. Local dishes - I also know Chicago has a few of these ... deep dish pizza and Italian beef come to mind immediately. Any others?
I prefer inexpensive, neighborhood, down-to-earth places (in other words, chowish ones) to expensive, fancy, and pretentious locales. I don't know where I'll be staying, and it doesn't matter anyway, since I am willing to drive or take the El basically anywhere (I sometimes discover neighborhoods simply visiting their restaurants).
Thank you for your suggestions.