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Recomendation for a Chicago dinner; something different (for me)

avrv1 | Nov 12, 201301:56 PM

Hi everyone, I was hoping you fine folk could steer me to what I'm looking for.

I'm originally from Chicago but have been living abroad, specifically in Spain, for the past decade. We'll be going back to visit over the Xmas holidays and while most of the time will be spent with family and, food-wise, enjoying many of the things I miss most (read: italian beef, Schoop's hamburgers, etc) the wife and I would like to treat ourselves to a night out in the city that includes a very nice dinner.

I just saw that there are now 25 michelin-starred restaurants in Chicago, plus from what I've read on this board several others which could/should be starred. I'm sure all of them are quite good, so I'd like to narrow it down. We'd like something in the city, budget isn't an issue - although as an aside, coming from Spain I find the prices on American wine lists to be outrageous - but above all I'd like to have a meal/experience that is hard to find over here (Spain/France).

For this reason I've already crossed Alinea off the list - I'm sure it's an incredible restaurant but we've been to Mugaritz once and Quique Dacosta twice in the past 18 months so that kind of progressive/experimental experience is not what we're after. Having said that we enjoy creativity and are not looking for traditional or classic fare. We'd also like something that isn't too formal (note: not that we want something informal, just not TOO formal - i.e. I abhor places with dress requirements etc). If possible we'd like a tasting or price fixe menu.

Is there something perhaps like an American version of Le Reserve Rimbaud? I was considering Topolobampo, as Mexican, especially high-quality, is quite lacking here; but I don't think they have any set menus? Anyway I'm very open to suggestions and if I can provide any more info to help narrow things down please let me know.. Thanks in advance

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