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Please help me with my dining choices in Chicago


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Please help me with my dining choices in Chicago

mrsjoujou | Aug 6, 2008 10:17 AM

We are coming to Chicago form Orange county, ca on Labor day for the first time and it is my husband's birthday on that day. We are staying for four nights and already made reservations at Alinea for our anniversary(had to talk my husband into it) on thursday. We are staying at the Trump tower and I have been searching the Chicago board for a while. I am interested in finding a few lunch places and have a few questions.

Breakfast- Since our hotel has a little kitchenette I was thinking of picking up stuff form Fox& Obel a couple of times. Any other ideas?
For lunch I am interested in the following:
If you had to choose between Frontera and Topo which one you choose? I know about the reservation situation and the fact that Topo is more formal. When it comes to food which one shines?
French gastro bistro or bistro- I read about Kiki's and Vivere
Great modern Italian- I have read about Coco Pazzo and Cafe Spiaggia, but they both had some mix reviews.I also read about Follia. I don't want to spend lot's on money on so-so food.
Is there any modern greek restaurants like Kokkari in San francisco? All the greek menu's I checked from a few places in greektown sound's the same and nothing exciting.
I also read about Blackbird, Aigre Douxe, Mercat A la Planxa(open on labor day) among others. Since we arrive on labor day in the afternoon, not many places are open, is Mercat a good choice for that day? Is there any other places that are open that day that serve great, creative food. I was thinking of checking out Hot dougs , but it is too far.
Finally is there any great french bakeries, gelato shops, real Italian bakery in the area?
I know, I have asked a lot of questions and hope to get some answers. Thank you.

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