I turn 65 in March and Chicago has been chosen as party central for a celebration of sorts. I say of sorts, because getting this old is not always motivation to celebrate. The culinary hounds at The Chow are always tuned in, and I am looking for suggestions.
My wife made reservations at Alinea, but I do not know if it's worth the expense, especially since we just returned from a sybaritic holiday in France where we ate too well.
In the past, I have enjoyed Naha, Blackbird, Brindille, and Tru when it first opened. Les Nomades's I found depressing, Spiaggia too Las Vegas, (the cafe is great) and Topolabampo simply a whiff of what it used to be. We love all kinds of food, not just fancy, but have been very spoiled by years of travel and eating well. Good food is darn more important then a "scene," and we love kitchens that experiment and stretch culinary boundaries. We have been traveling to Chicago since 1980, and have sampled some fabulous cooking in this under rated foodie town. Le Francais, Charley Trotter's and Savarin are all mourned. Any help you can provide would be appreciated. We will be in the "city of big shoulders" for four nights. Thanks much