My boyfriend and I (along with some other engineers) are attending a conference Oct. 19 in Chicago (it's at the Westin Chicago River North). So far, we've read that the things to do in Chicago are related to architecture and blues. I've never been to the area, but we'll be there for a day before and after the conference and I'd like to make the most of our trip out.
Every guide book I've seen mentions Charlie Trotter's as the place to go, but it sounds like (here) it's a bit over-hyped and not worth the huge dinner price? I like food, and I appreciate good meals, but I don't think I'm looking to spend $150 per person on a meal. I've looked at the Gibson's menu (and the corresponding Hugo's and Quartino) and that looks pretty good. We like steakhouses, but we can go to Lawry's anytime we're in Vegas (we live in San Diego) and we'd just like to experience a good meal that we might not be able to find at home. No picky eaters here - we like seafood, sushi, Indian, Thai, meat, pasta, etc. And, while it might be nice to find a place for the two of us, if you have any suggestions for dinner with friends after the conference day (preferably near the Westin) I would highly appreciate it.
Food aside, if you have some sightseeing points-of-interest we can work in during our stay, we'd love to get an idea of what to do with our free days!