My girlfriend and I are going to be heading to Chicago next weekend for a five day, four night trip (our first trip together too!). I'm a pretty big food guy, and have tried to eat out as much as possible in NYC (where I used to live) and Boston (where I live now), and am trying to do the same while in Chicago. My girlfriend, on the other hand, doesn't love fine dining like I do, so we agreed that we would do one very fancy place, and keep the rest casual. I got us tickets for Alinea on Sunday night. Here is our planned itinerary. Feel free to comment on the food or activity choices below!
Arrive at noon; Park Hyatt Chicago
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Xoco for dinner
Blues/jazz (thinking B.L.U.E.S, but suggestions welcome!)
Brunch? Any ideas? Want to keep it light.
Switch hotel to Waldorf Astoria
Little Goat Diner/Au Cheval for breakfast
Lunch? Any ideas?
Museum of Contemporary Photography
Dinner? Any ideas?
NBA game - United Center
Bongo Room for breakfast?
Frank Lloyd Wright (Oak Park)
What about Tuesday night dinner and activities?
Flight at 11am
Obviously I have a lot of "gaps" for meals, and that's where I could use help. Looking for casual, but nice places for both lunch and dinner. My girlfriend is a vegetarian, but I would consider myself more of a carnivore than anything else, which makes our relationship a little tough when it comes to food.
Also thinking about doing a nicer (but not Alinea nice) restaurant on Tuesday night; any ideas of a upscale, romantic place?
Thanks so much for any advice!!