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Help with Monday Dinner

purple gator | Aug 9, 201708:56 PM

We are visiting Chicago over Labor Day weekend (Saturday through Thursday). Currently have reservations for Next and Girl & The Goat. Need help in narrowing down dinner choices for the remaining 3 nights and especially for Labor Day / Monday night when most places seem to be closed. Don't really want to spend time waiting for a table, so reservations are must.

Below are the restaurants we are considering for the remaining nights (planning to do Topolobampo or Fronterra Grill for lunch on Thursday):

- Lula Cafe (will close on Labor Day)
- Giant
- Mott St
- Tanta (will close on Labor Day)
- Fat Rice
- Elske (bonus: open on Monday)
- Avec (also open on Monday)
- Taxim ("")
- Also open to other suggestions

We are 30somethings from SF, and would like to try places that are unique to Chicago. Ideally, the restaurants would offer a mix of lighter fare with heavier ones. Typically not a big fan of heavy foods or non-stop flavor bombs (not bland food either, if that makes any sense). Since we are already spending a good amount at Next, I would like to keep things at the lower end of mid range if possible.

Brunch recommendations for Sunday would be appreciated, too.

Still narrowing down hotels, but likely to be staying at either the Renaissance Downtown, JW, or Blackstone. Dinner doesn't need to be close to the hotel but should be (easily) accessible by public transportation, and hopefully, in a fun neighborhood / locale.

Thanks for all the help!

avec Restaurant,
Fat Rice,
Tanta Chicago,
Mott St,
Lula Cafe,
Girl & The Goat
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