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5 days in Chicago Loop. Suggestions please


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5 days in Chicago Loop. Suggestions please

97Sperss | Mar 3, 2011 11:41 PM

Hi all,

I am going on a 5 day trip to Chicago March 8-13 and staying in the Loop at the Allegro Hotel. It's my first time to Chicago, and I will be by myself the first two nights, then have friends joining me for the last three.
I will be walking/using taxis and public transit, so don't want to go anywhere super far away from downtown.
I love food of all types, from an $8 bowl of Pho to a $300 tasting menu. I am a also a wine collector, but usually don't drink much at places where the list markup is 200% or more. I like finding places with great, well-priced wine lists (eg. Lotus of Siam in Las Vegas)
I also want to make sure I get a couple of slices of great pizza and a great deli sandwich in addition to all the fancy places I'm going.
The other thing I like are bakeries, and need to bring some baked goods back on the plane for my wife on Sunday when I leave. She's too jealous that I'm going to Alinea without her, so I'll need lots of good baked goods to please her.
My current food itinerary is:

Tuesday: Arriving in the afternoon, need a suggestion for a lunch (Maybe pizza/deli) and/or early dinner spot, and then have a late reservation for dinner at Girl and the Goat. My dinner at GATG is near midnight, so I have room for 2 other meals, like 2 and 6ish.

Wednesday: Thinking of doing breakfast somewhere near the loop (what are the best places), followed by a lunch at Topolobampo and then dinner is between Publican/Blackbird/Sable/Cafe Spiaggia/Avenues. Also open to other dinner suggestions.

Thursday: Was thinking Bongo Room for breakfast, or another breakfast place (more suggestions) and possibly a light lunch (Slice of pizza?)
Dinner at Alinea at 530 so don't want to be too full

Friday: Busy during day, Charlie Trotter's for dinner

Saturday: Busy during day. Les Nomades for dinner, then over to Tru for dessert tasting

Sunday: Leaving around lunch time, so was thinking of Bongo Room for breakfast, or another breakfast place.

I have read lots of the other boards, and would like to hear what people think of this plan and hear some suggestions to fill in the gaps. My food budget is pretty high, so price isn't a big concern. However, location for the breakfast and lunch spots is, as I will just be walking around dowtown all day. I don't have a problem walking a few miles, as I'll need to walk off all this food, just don't want to go through any shady neighborhoods.



1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Charlie Trotter's
816 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

Bongo Room
1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

445 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610

Les Nomades
222 E Ontario, Chicago, IL 60611

Las Vegas Restaurant
914 Main St, Antioch, IL 60002

Chicago Loop
7 W Streamwood Blvd, Streamwood, IL 60107

Girl and the Goat
809 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661

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