Yes, I was born in Chicago (at the late, great Michael Reese Hospital), but left at the age of five -- trading in the Gold Coast of the Windy City for the Hills of Beverly in California . . . and although I've been back several times, this is the first time since 1958 that I shall be there for my birthday.
We will be staying at the Omni (676 N. Michigan @ Huron), and are in Chicago for a total of five dinners and four lunch/brunches, Friday through Tuesday. I already have dinner reservations for Girl and the Goat, and at David Burke's. Both accept reservations "waaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy out" -- we won't be there until November! So what I'm looking for is information . . .
On my tentative brunch/lunch list is: North Pond (Sunday brunch), Purple Pig (we want to go back), and Blackbird (we've been to The Publican and avec). Still have one opening, but no reservations for anything as of yet.
On my tentative dinner list -- which, I know, is way too long already -- is Schwa (spoke with Michael Carlson; he suggested I call back in mid-September), Brindille or NAHA, Trencherman, possibly Moto or G.T. Fish. And somewhere in the mix will be Lou Malnati's (any preferences between Gold Coast and River North locations?). I'm thinking Grace and Alinea will blow the budget, plus I don't think I can go the "ticket" route for either Alinea or The Aviary (though we might try to visit The Violet Hour; what about Big Star?).
Questions: anyone know how far out these places will accept reservations? Anything I should drop off the list, or something I should add?
As we visit rural Mexico fairly often, we're less excited by Rick Bayless' restaurants, unless . . .
Thanks in advance for your insights.