I'll be making my first stop in Chicago next week. I would love the trip to be centered entirely around food but I'll be visiting with two other travelers who are making the trip for sporting events. We already have tickets to baseball games on Friday (1PM) and Tuesday (7PM), as well as Bears tickets on the Sunday at noon. My companions may even have more games lined up, but I can't keep track of all the options for sports in Chicago at this point. We are staying at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago and do have a car available if required. I realize the town is full of great eats, so I'm hoping for any solid selections you feel 3 Canadian fellows should chow down on. I should add that one of our crew is a vegan.
Some things I'd like to see;
Bread - I bake a lot of sourdough and after a recent trip to San Francisco I'm still on a bread high. Any suggestions for good bread.
Pizza - Does the classic Chicago experience require a pizza trip to one of the big boys (Gino's, Lou's etc..). Should we go elsewhere?
Coffee - What's the roaster scene like (besides Intelligentsia) Is there a good selection? Passion House/Metropolis come up in Google. I love bringing back 4 or 5lbs of coffee when I visit places.
Vegan Diner - Our vegan friend loves diner food (think Triple D). Is there some options for a greasy spoon style vegan joint.
Beer - A few suggestions for great local beer spots would be awesome. Preferably specializing in local micro brews.
Nice meal - Any thoughts around one great nice meal for the trip.
Burgers - How about a great medium rare burger....bonus points if we can get a vegan option.
Mexican - With so many options, is it easy to stumble across great tacos...
If there is anywhere in particular that serves offal that I should definitely go to, I'm more than willing to divert a meal (or two) for myself as my travel companions know at this point that I will travel for food.
Price point can vary a bit, but low to mid would be great for most I think. A few high dollar recommendations are welcome.