My husband and I are taking an overnight trip down to Chicago in October for our 19th wedding anniversary. We've been to most of the best restaurants where we live (Milwaukee), but of course Chicago is a whole other ballgame.
We're looking for great food with a nice ambiance, though nothing as high end as Alinia or Tru. After perusing the boards for some time, it looks like these four restaurants would be good possibilities for us:
I've looked at the menus on all of their websites, and would be happy with any of them from just a read. But I'd love some advice about the things you can't tell from a menu - service, noise level, difficulty in getting a reservation, etc.
I'm also up for any other suggestions along the lines of these restaurants. $35-40 per entree, not too casual (I like to dress up), with no particular emphasis on ethnic cuisine like Mexican or Italian. I'd prefer a place that's not too noisy, and with servers who would be patient with a couple of "country mice". ;) We don't have a hotel yet, so location's not too much of an issue as long as it's not a ridiculously long cab ride from downtown.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!