Hi Chicago Hounds,
I waited until really late to post this, but our trip was seeming iffy until today due to United Airlines labor problems (we're using freq. flyer miles). I've done a small amount of searching on the board but now I'm a bit out of time. We leave this Thursday for Wisconsin for our nephew's high school graduation, then we'll have 3 nights in Chicago - next Tuesday through Thursday. We're staying at the Drake and will be returning our rental car as soon as we get into town from Wisconsin, so we'll be doing public transportation and/or cabs.
I traveled to Chicago very frequently throughout the 90's but have only been once or twice since then, so I haven't been keeping up with the Chicago restaurant scene the way I used to. Husband's travels to Chicago were a really long time ago and he didn't eat well, as he was a captive of corporate training and he didn't get out to explore.
I'll work backwards, from our last night to our first:
We're going to Tru on Thursday night with local food-loving friends (their recommendation).
On Wednesday we're probably going to the Cubs game in the afternoon, and I was thinking pizza would be a good choice for dinner. Husband hasn't ever had real Chicago deep dish pizza. I've had it at Giordano's (hopefully I'm remembering correctly - at Lake and Michigan, in Prudential Plaza - across the street from where I worked in Chicago - 205 N. Michigan). I've also eaten at Uno - the one you see when driving to the Fairmont from O'Hare. Where should we get great deep dish pizza?
On Tuesday, it will probably be just the two of us. I ate at North Pond Cafe a few years back with the same Chicago friends, and liked it but didn't love it although I don't recall why. Still, it's on my list due to its unique location. MK and Naha are also on my list. And although we do get great Mexican food here in LA (especially Oaxacan), I'm thinking of Salpicon for a high-end Mexican experience. I have checked out the websites of all four of these restaurants, and I'm undecided.
**Interesting, innovative and highly delicious desserts are very important to me, actually more important than the main course.**
I'm also open to other options. However, no sushi because we eat it all the time in LA, and no steakhouses because, frankly, steakhouses don't excite me very much.