We're non-residents looking for a Chicago restaurant to have our wedding rehearsal dinner. It needs to be big enough for 30-person dinner and either have a great bar attached, or be very close to one (drinks afterward for the rest of the out-of-towners--up to 50 more people).
Looking for a leafier location to give out-of-towners a neighborhood experience, but not too far from downtown and easy access. Wicker Park/Bucktown, Old Town, Lincoln Park. Logan Square ok if that's our best bet for what we want.
Ideally the place has some rustic charm, a bit hip in the farm-to-table sense without trying too hard, and isn't a hangout for guys in suits or the post-frat scene. In other words, Brooklynish. Other musts: Top-notch food, yet hospitable for vegetarians and non-chowhound cousins. Not Italian (that's the wedding menu). Nor a 'cheap eats'-type place, much as we personally love those.