Have never been to Chicago, have always wanted to and now the opportunity has come up but it's going to be one day only as we're flying in on a Friday and the next morning we're off to an event in Wisconsin that will take up the rest of the weekend.
We arrive late morning. Would like to have a great brunch or early lunch...not too heavy...see some sights and then have a great dinner. Open to just about anything. Love burgers and great craft brews, Mexican food (which is very hard to come by in our little Ontario town), sushi, fine dining...really anything that would be an experience. Price isn't too much of a concern but not looking to do anything kooky expensive, if you know what I mean. Definitely prefer quiet over loud but flexible on that.
We will be renting a car but would probably like to not do too much running around since this is going to be an exhausting whirlwind of a trip. I may get in hot water for asking this not-about-food question, but while I'm here, who better than discerning Chowhounds to ask a great place to stay and one or two great things to do? I'm thinking Art Institute..that's right up my alley, though the husband would probably balance it out with something else less cultural. Hotel and sights that are all kind of near each other, and of course centered around these two awesome meals we are going to have would be a plus. Who knows if or when we'll get to Chicago again, so any tips on making this an amazing but not too exhaustive day would be much appreciated.