Hi Chicago Hounds -
I'm a Boston hound flying into your fair (and cold) city tomorrow for a day and a half of business meetings on short notice.
I'm looking for your recommendations on dinner spots for dinner tomorrow night (yes, tomorrow night) I'm sure there are a ton of ideas if I read the board, but I'll confess that I just don't have time. So - here's some guidelines and I'd truly appreciate your thoughts about where we might go.
1)office is on west monroe street. close by is good, but should be within no more than 10-15 min cab ride
2)not interested in chophouses - been to a ton of em. can find a good one or three in every big city.
2a)would love to go to a place that is uniquely chicago - that doesnt mean deep dish pizza, just a place that can only be found in chicago, by a favorite local chef or that focuses on local cuisine. creative, flavorful food, but doesnt need to be 'out there' - eg. molecular gastronomy would be too out there. The Frontera Grill comes to mind perhaps - but is it really all that?
3)they're paying, so cost isnt a huge issue ;)
4)not exactly sure how many will be dining - at least 4, likely 6.
5)dinner is tomorrow night, so it needs to be a place that we can get into midweek without reservations in advance
Thanks in advance for any suggestions (or pointers to good threads)!