I'm coming to Chicago on business mid-November for two nights, and looking for places for 2 dinners and one lunch that are legit good places but not super expensive. I'm happy to head downtown if that's really my best bet, but bonus points for places in Lakeview area, since that's where I'll be. I'd prefer not to spend more than 50 on dinner and ideally I'd like that to cover more than just an entree. I've been to a couple of Chicago's great restos -- Spiaggia, Topolo, a few more -- but from a cursory search, the ones I'd love to try -- Vermilion, Naha, Blackbird, etc -- are in the 30-something range for an entree, which is too much this time around. Would love some direction re: places I haven't tried. Happy to go cheap ethnic, if that's the best route (someone recommended JoyYee, if that means anything). Thanks in advance.
980 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
500 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610