Just spent 4 days in Chicago and had tons of good food and drink. The information on this board definitely directed us to some good places. Sorry for the length of this post, but hopefully it helps future visitors.
Flew in thursday afternoon and lucked into 6pm reservations at The Aviary. This was probably the place we were most excited to go to and we were not disappointed. The Blueberry cocktail was easily the most gorgeous drink I've ever seen and it tasted almost as good as it looked. The root beer cocktail was equally impressive but in a totally different way. Never has such a complex drink appeared so simple. It was obviously expensive, but the drinks are so large and complex tasting that it took us 3 hours to drink 3 rounds. Excellent service and the couches that line the room are super comfortable. Oh, almost forgot the Chowder bite. One of the best things I've ever tasted.
After that we headed the The Map Room. I was pumped to be able to try Founders All Day IPA. Good stuff. An impressive beer selection and excellent prices as well. Its cheaper than any good beer bar in Boston for sure.
Friday we had lunch at Tompolobampo before heading to a Cubs game. The mushroom and eggplant entree was like nothing I've ever had before. Even the pickiest meat eater would find this dish hearty and delicious.
After the game we went to Sheffields. Weren't too hungry so we tried a couple of the sides like potato salad, etc. All very good and obviously made in house. Excellent selection of American crafts. I really liked the setup in there with the 3 distinct bars and huge beer garden. My favorite beer bar that we visited.
Dinner was at Pizannos. After all the drinking and eating we did all day, a deep dish pizza put me over the edge. I've never been so stuffed in my life. Tasty pie though.
Saturday evening started at The Violet Hour. I really liked the chill vibe and the huge comfy bar stools. The drinks were a bit disappointing as whole though. I had to struggle to finish The Lamplighter which is a shame because that drink sounded right up my alley. The eau de vie didn't come through and may have been the problem. The cocktail that had apricot and egg yolk was very good though and I enjoyed the bar as whole.
Headed over to Piece Brewery. Great pizzas and solid beer. Sang(poorly) a Pixies song with the live karaoke band. Really glad we stopped here for dinner instead of Big Star(had a cocktail there later and wasn't in the mood for a place like that.)
Sunday brunch as Sable. Had one of the best veggie burgers I've ever tasted, and I eat them often. The onion jam really made the dish. Impressive liquor selection. The cocktail with homeade horchata was interesting.
Beers at Clark Street Ale House. Dinner at Millers Pub. Both were fine but I think there was a dirty draft line or something at Clark Street because my Bells Two Hearted was way off tasting from normal.
Monday lunch buffet at Signature Room was suprisingly decent.
Despite some absolutely awful weather, it was a good trip. Wish I could clone The Aviary and Piece Brewery and bring them to Boston.
The Map Room
1949 N Hoyne Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Clark Street Ale House
742 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
1247 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622