I think it would be great, if someone of the most active Chowhound's in Chicago, would post their "Top 10 must-visit chow destinations in Chicago" for purposes of educating us newbies. This would be similar to how on Amazon.com, you can find lists submitted by a user of books or products related to a single subject they are interested in. In this case, the subject is Chicago chow!
I don't want to start a big discussion of what should qualify to be on everyone's list. If it qualifies for discussion as chow on this board, it qualifies for your list. It is personal to you as far as your own choices. I just want to see a condensed version of some of the most often talked about places on this board.
Put it this way: Name for me the 10 places you would take me if you were to show me what you consider to be your very favorite chow places in Chicago. You are my shepherd and I am your grasshopper. Assume I am open to try anything you want to show me. It is your most perfect list of places. Maybe the 10 places you would personally go to if you found out you were leaving Chicago forever.