Boston chowhound headed to Chicago in February (13-15). My first time in your fair city so we are unintiated...
Any suggestions and comments will be taken with abundant offers of thanks and reciprocity.
From Boston (one trapped in Minneapolis since last year, one originally from Miami)
We will be staying at the Sofitel Water Tower.
No Car. Willing and able to take public transport.
I do not eat meat other than sea-life. So this excludes exclusively meat establishments however authentic.
Budget= Prefer modest lunch & breakfast and splurge dinners. Not too much a concern this trip.
*pre dinner drink suggestion needed: Anything with a good view?
*dinner @ North Pond
(I like the reviews that I have read and the location sounds perfect for a winter night...my companion also attended LSE where the chef studied which has a sentimental draw) Suggestions on what to eat appreciated... I eat seafood but no other meat and am a bit worried as all comments on this board say to avoid the fish. How are desserts? Worth having? Would it be better to go for dessert and an after dinner drink at Tru or someplace else?
*breakfast? Something close to the hotel would be good or close to an art museum. I haven't found any of these chef-owned places in Boston so that might be nice but I don't need/want to wait an hour in winter... 30-40 minutes tops.
*Dinner @ Chilpancingo. Very excited!
*After-dinner fun? Blues? Second-city?
*Lunch @ Uno's (non-negotiable my companion has or made up his mind on this one!)
For reference we are both in our mid-twenties not overly hip (in the bouncer to get past the ropes sense) but would appreciate recs for after dinner entertainment. Lounge? Are there any good whisky/whiskey bars? Second City at the moment? I'd like to visit either the Map Room or the HopLeaf but I'm confused as to geography... What's in the neighborhood?
Non-chow-related: I'm thinking of scheduling an architecture tour for sunday before we head out to the airport. Any counter suggestions? I always like to visit museums in new cities...Any favorites? I have been to the best of paris, london, vienna, and boston so don't necessarily need to see the rembrandt or monet exhibits... Love bookstores (even though we have a million in Cambridge/Boston).
NB: I have read through one full page of reviews and will probably make it back a few more before I visit. I have looked at the FAQ and have tried searches (which doesn't seem to be pulling a full list).