This coming weekend I have a really quick trip to Chicago. I love food, and I'm currently living in an area without much food variety, especially a lack of ethnic food options, so I want to try and maximize my time and options.
I get in Friday at 1pm, then I have a conference dinner event at 7. I'm staying in the River North area and the conference is at the DePaul Loop Campus and I'm leaving Saturday by 8.
I want to eat lunch when I get in - maybe in the French Market, though I'd love to maybe eat a few small things while on the way to my hotel. The other thought was maybe XOCO. So suggestions are welcome.
Then possibly a late dinner after the conference event - I know Purple Pig is near to where I'm staying and the late night small plates sounds appealing.
I'm looking for something in the Loop open on Saturdays, since I will need to leave the conference to eat, and I don't want to be gone for a long time. So suggestions on that are more than welcome, many of the other loop recommendation threads bring up places that are closed on Saturdays. I know about the Frontera Fresca and the M Burger in Macy's, and that's currently serving as my back-up if I don't find anything more interesting.
The conference goes until the early evening and then I'm getting on a train that night, so I'm also looking for recommendations of anything in the Loop or near the Amtrak that I can get to go and eat in the Station or on the train.
I'm on a budget, so none of the crazy meals for me. More interested in lunches and dinner budget range with maybe on splurge for the late night dinner.
Thanks in advance!