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5 days in Chicago - Lots of tasting menus, want advice.

97Sperss | Jul 23, 2014 05:10 PM

Hey CHers,

The wifey and I are hitting up Chicago for another 5 night trip in a couple of weeks. This is my 3rd visit, and wifes 2nd. I've previously done Alinea x 2, Schwa, Tru x 2, L2O, Sprout, Purple Pig, Publican, GATG, Les Nomades and a few more I can't think of right now.

Alinea is awesome, but not going to re-visit as press has been less positive of late. I'm happy to remember Alinea as the best meal ever if they're on the decline.

We are huge Modernist/MG fans and think this is Chicago's strongest area, so we want a ton of tasting menus and are good with contemporary american every night. Here's the lineup and a couple questions at the bottom:

Sunday - Sixteen
Monday - Next
Tuesday - Grace
Wednesday - Goosefoot
Thursday - EL Ideas

Next, Grace and Goosefoot are set in stone for me, as we've never been to Next, and Grace and Goosefoot seem like the hottest places in town. Plus we've already paid for the non-refundable tix at Next.

Here are the Qs

1-Would you change out Sixteen or EL Ideas for Moto?
It seems like there's been a huge improvement at Moto in the past 2 years, and like I said, we love molecular cuisine.

2-Is there anywhere else you'd switch out for Sixteen? If so, why? I've looked at and probably wouldn't do L2O, Boka, Acadia, 42 grams instead, though I do love those restaurants. The only place I really still love is Tru (was blown away by Chef Martin on my most recent visit), would you do Tru or Sixteen?

3-Do Sixteen or Grace allow BYOW? I know Goosefoot/EL Ideas are BYOW, and Next isn't, but no reply from Grace/Sixteen when I emailed.

4-Any other places that I may be totally missing?

5-I'll be going for another 5-7 days next June, so there will be time for Balena, Boka and Tru again then.



The Purple Pig,
Les Nomades,
EL ideas,
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