I'm looking for input from everyone here, but there are a few people in particular (Nxstasy, I bow to your Chicago food knowledge), Uhockey, and many others who know the Chicago food scene inside and out.
We will be staying in the Mag Mile area.
I will be visiting with my wife June 13-18th, for a 100% food trip. She was unable to join me on the trip last year, and is pissed that I have been to Alinea and she hasn't. Plus, I always rave about the Chicago trip, the 78' Gaja, etc.
From my research, the big developments over the past year are:
1)Avenues is closed - Bummer as I wanted to go there
2)Trotter's is closed - Not so bummer, went there last year and they served our flawed bottle of 1978 Gaja Sori San Lorenzo to another table!!!! (Worst wine service observation I have ever seen), though we did get a 2nd bottle which was excellent.
3)EL Ideas - I'm on the wait list
4)Goosefoot - I'm on the wait list
5)Next - Reviews look mixed, and though we love Chef Achatz, this seems more hype than anything, and underwhelms far too often from my reading.
Here is the current plan, I'm looking for suggestions:
1)We are on the wait list for Alinea from the Wed-Sat that we are there (Boo, but I booked in our flights in early May, and Alinea was booked til the end of June) I really hope we get in, for my wife's sake more than anything. We will just drop any reservation and pay a fee if we get an Alinea reso last minute.
2)Also on wait list for El Ideas and Goosefoot for Wed-Thurs
Wed 13th - Land at 5 PM, no current reservation - Need a suggestion that can be canceled last minute if Alinea/Goosefoot/EL Ideas come through
I'm thinking Purple Pig
Thurs 14th - Thinking lunch at Blackbird or Cafe Spiaggia, again need a dinner reso that I can cancel if one of the others comes through
Fri 15th - Lunch at Topolobampo, dinner at Tru
Sat 16th - Lunch suggestion, dinner at Schwa (booked already :)
Sun 17th - Brunch at Publican, dinner at L2O
Mon 18th - Need breakfast/lunch suggestions (Maybe Bongo Room) - Leaving Chicago at 1845 back to Canada
My lunch interest list includes: Publican, Frontera/Topolo, Purple Pig, Blackbird, Cafe Spiaggia
Dinner interest list also includes: Everest, Graham Elliott,
Breakfast/Brunch interest list: Fox + Obel, North Pond, Bongo Room, French Market,
Previous disappointments include: Les Nomades, Girl and the Goat
Any suggestions are appreciated.