Hey Chicago hounds! We've set up the following itinerary for our half-week in the Chicago area:
Monday night: Paizanos. 864 N. State (the best Chicago-style pizza?)
Tuesday night: Avenues (as good as they say?)
Wednesday night: Alinea (worth the hype?)
Thursday night: Everest (concierge at hotel recommendation...good?)
Friday night: Rosebud Steak House (the best Chicago-area steak?).
Saturday night: Moto (worth the weirdness?)
Sunday night: Japonais (any other Asian food we should do instead?)
NOTES: Yes, we have all these reservations! But I don't mind canceling, it's still a few weeks. Yes, this is on the company expense account, mostly, so we don't mind spending money.
OUR BIG QUESTION: This is our first time in Chicago, and you may notice all of these are for NIGHTS. We have no idea what to do for lunch, and we're eager to try all that makes Chicago a great food city. WHAT ARE WE MISSING? Should we drop one of the giant multi-course spend-a-lot places in favor of something else?
THINGS WE LIKE NOT ON THE LIST: I love great BBQ--is there a place for food to feed the soul we mustn't list? What about Chicago staples like hot dogs? We love it all, there is no food off our list (except maybe Mexican--just not my style).
What do you think? Thanks for the help!
--Peter Wells and Gary Burke