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Chicago for a 40th birthday 12 people-where to go?

debbie page | Sep 14, 200510:39 PM

We have scrambled to change the destination for my husband's 40th from New Orleans to Chicago. Had all our restaurants picked out for New Orleans, but now I am starting from scratch in Chicago. We are coming from Los Angeles, so sushi is out, but I would love any tips about where to eat. Hoping to keep it in the $80 per person range, but willing to consider higher. Any comments on Blackbird, Kevin, Avec or Merlo? Anelia looks interesting but I can't seem to get their website to work. We are staying at the House of Blues hotel, but willing to cab it a bit for a great find. Also, any ideas for cool funky breakfast/brunch would be great. Any great hotdog places near where we are staying? How far is Menageri from downtown? Thinking of lunch at Fox and Obel when at Navy pier-any good?


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