I've been in Chicago only once, and then just long enough for one dinner (Frontera Grill) and one lunch (the original Ba Le). I'll be back this August and I have to admit that I haven't got a clue where to start. I'll be staying at the Palmer House and my preferences are: anything but Indian cuisines (all of them) and I prefer to avoid steakhouses. My strong preferences are fish/seafood, creative, healthy. Will not have a car but don't mind taking the L or taxis. I don't mind expensive restaurants so long as the food is great.
Is that enough to go on? I will have time for three dinners, probably no lunches except in the immediate area of the hotel.
I tried reading recs made for others but it got overwhelming in a hurry. I really have no idea where to start.