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3 day trip to Chicago for young couple

Ionic | Aug 29, 201111:22 PM

First off, I would like to say I am very much enjoying this board. Everyone seems incredibly helpful and detailed in their suggestions and I appreciate that, you guys are great. I've been reading this board for a couple hours now but would appreciate a more personal recommendation. Second, let me begin by apologizing for what will be a long and possibly boring post, I hope you all can make it through. A quick background: We are a couple in our mid to late twenties, adore food and drink and good times all the way around really. We tend to plan our vacations on eating and then go from there. We are from Dallas, Texas which is not the foodie town Chicago is, but we know good food nonetheless. We are visiting for 3 nights starting on the 11th of September and will be staying at the Four Seasons. We already have a blueprint if you will for our stay, but would love feedback and input where you all can give it. I love football and we are arriving right before kickoff of the Bears/Falcons game and need a place for some deep dish and a beer during the game, our plan is Pequod's. Dinner that night we were hoping to catch a hot beef at possibly Portillos or is there better? Monday morning I need a good breakfast spot, I've checked on the Bongo Room but everything seems super sweet, I'm looking for savory and salty (lots of BACON!). Dinner for the night will be our "nice" dinner, I would LOVE Alinea, but I'm worried that since I didn't make a reservation 6 months back it is probably a no go. Ria interests me quite a bit, we would like a tasting menu if possible but it won't be a deal breaker if not. I've had plenty of good steaks in my life so a steakhouse doesn't thrill me. Also not really feeling the Rick Bayless joints, maybe for another visit. The "nice" dinner doesn't have to be expensive either this board seems to be pretty high on Sable and Graham Elliot so those could be options. Tuesday is Hot Doug's and preferrably a "red sauce" Grandma's cooking Italian spot. We have hardly ANY Italian down here so something high in carbs and comfort is wanted, RoSal's? Last day is going to be either UNO or Giordano's I think for another pizza comparison. I'm terribly sorry again for the long-winded nature of this post, I tend to be horribly thorough. Any input would be greatly appreciated and feel free to give me totally different options or elaborate on my thoughts. Lots of snacks and drinks will also need to be had so I'd love to hear about those as well. Thanks to all of you guys and gals in advance.

1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Hot Doug's
3324 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Bongo Room
1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Graham Elliot
217 W. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60654

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