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ccl1111 | Dec 8, 200812:24 AM     8

Hi Chicago hounds,

The Mrs. & I are being sent on a 40th birthday trip to dine at Alinea as a major, major treat (coming from AZ).

Other than that, I really know nothing about what we should focus on while we are there. My only previous trips to the area have been work based in the suburbs where we never got out of the hotel meeting rooms.

Basically, we're wide open as far as recommendations - like everything.

We are looking to stay a bit budget conscious so if there are any cheap, great local dives with amazing food, that's always a bonus.

From looking at the board, I was surprised to see that Mexican & Thai were specialties but we're open. Looks like pizza is a must.

As far as logistics, we fly in Tuesday morning, eat at Alinea Wednesday late & fly back to AZ on Friday afternoon. We're also staying in Lincoln Park at the Belden Stratford & we won't have a car - planning to cab it, hope that's not a bad decision.

I guess I'd ask what are your best cheap recommendations in an expanded area around Lincoln Park.

Thanks!

Chris

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