Hello all. I am very excited! Why? This summer, I will be having a food-centric long weekend in Chicago with my father. As the designated meal planner in the family, I decided to consult my local Chowhounds on my decisions. We will be arriving Thursday afternoon and leaving Sunday after lunch time. I don't know the area really well, but I know the hotspots. There are a few places we'd like to hit, and any more suggestions would be welcome, but I also am asking about where certain places would fit best in our schedule. We would likely have breakfast (free!) in the hotel, so no brunch/breakfast spots needed. As we would be arriving by train, we would likely be staying the Lincoln Park/Downtown area.
Thursday Lunch: Would like a good, big welcome to Chicago. Possibly a sandwich or cafe spot in the area. Maybe Hot Doug's
Thursday Dinner: Avec or Blackbird? I'm thinking Avec, as we would order tapas style after our big lunch.
Friday Lunch: Cafe Spiaggia (?)
Friday Dinner: Open. Any of the good dinner spots listed below, maybe?
Saturday Lunch: As our dinner will be the highlight of our day (and likely my dining life up to this point), maybe we should go lighter here? Will Alinea fill us up, or would we be OK with a bigger lunch?
Saturday Dinner: Alinea
Sunday Lunch: Preferably something in the downtown area, as we will likely leave shortly after lunch. I suppose good brunch spots would be the best here, as many restaurants, if they are even open, are only serving brunch on Sunday afternoons.
Spots we are considering: Cafe Spiaggia, Hot Doug's, North Pond, Sweets and Savories, Spring, Custom House, one of Bayless's spots. Mainly in search of good lunch spots and dinner recommendations.