Hi Chicago CHs,
I've been following this board for months in preparation for my first visit to Chicago with my husband. We'll be spending four nights in Wisconsin (three near New Glarus and one in Milwaukee) prior to our arrival in Chicago.
Our priorities are ice cream (surprise, surprise!), craft beer for my husband and cocktails for me (especially gin), local products (cheese, produce, meats, etc.), unique Chicago dining experiences, and a variety of restaurants that balance each other out. We are not going for the super fine dining experience. We'd like our dinners to max out at $150 for both of us including a few drinks. We love sharing, sitting at the bar, hitting up a few places in one night where feasible, creative menus, and laidback places with great service.
We have four lunches, four dinners, and three breakfasts. We're staying at Swissotel. Thoughts on the following? Please let me know if I've chosen places that are similar and any glaring omissions I may have.
Day 1- (Thursday)
Lunch not far afield from hotel- Naha (would not do this for dinner-- too pricey), Topolobampo or Frontera Grill, Purple Pig?
Dinner also nearish to hotel- GT Oyster, Purple Pig, Topolobampo or Frontera?
Cocktails- Berkshire Room, Three Dots and a Dash
Beer- anywhere in the same general neighborhood where my husband could taste some great local beers?
Day 2- (Friday)
Drinks- Revolution Brewing
We'll be going to the Cubs game at 3:05. Is it worth it to go to Bad Wolf Coffee before then? Will there be any pastries left?
Dinner- Is there anywhere casual of note near Wrigley Field? Maybe some interesting ethnic food? Or should we head back towards the hotel?
Day 3- (Saturday)
Lunch- Pizza TBD
Dinner- Publican or Salero or snacks at both (does Salero have txakoli? We were in San Sebastian last summer and we'd love to have some)...
Drinks- The Aviary, Haymarket, Vera
Day 4- (Sunday)
Lunch- North Pond
Dinner- open... any other neighborhoods where we could hit a few places within walking distance for drinks and bites?
Thoughts on Osteria Langhe? We honeymooned in the Piedmont region so this appeals as well. Maybe it'd be good for our last dinner? Are there more drinking spots nearby? Scofflaw... Violet Hour?
Thanks for any feedback. We are really excited for our trip!