With so many visitors coming to Chicago during the holiday season, could we locals please offer a public service here and suggest some nice places to eat downtown that won't cost them the earth? Let me start what I hope will be a useful thread:
Heaven on Seven, Cajun, 600 N Michigan. Delicious.
Big Bowl, Yuppiefied Asian, 60 E Ohio (at Rush). Cheerful, tasty.
McCormick & Schmick, Seafood, 41 E Chestnut (at Rush)---has Blue-Plate Specials at lunch.
Lawry's Steakhouse, 100 E Ontario, expensive at dinner but has lunch specials.
Buffets at Lunch: Szechuan, 625 N Michigan (Chinese); Szechuan East, 340 E Ohio (Chinese); Reza's, 432 W Ontario (Persian, features beef filet);Indian Garden, 247 E Ontario (Indian); Signature Room, 96th floor of John Hancock Center, go for view; Four Seasons Hotel, go for elegance.
Thai: Star of Siam, 11 E Ohio (behind Nordstrom's); Amarit, 1 E Delaware (at State); Dao, 230 E Ohio. Very low prices---fill the table with many dishes and hold a feast.
Breakfast all day: Original Pancake House, 22 E Bellevue across from Sutton Place Hotel. Posh street.
Lowest Prices Downtown: Spice of Life Cafeteria, 2nd floor Northwestern Memorial Hospital, St Clair between Erie and Huron (one block off Michigan). Best at lunch, best on weekdays, public is very welcome.
ALSO: After you arrive in Chicago, look at the Yellow Pages restaurant section, which includes many menus. and a restaurant location map.