Need help from Chicago hounds on the following:
1. restaurant rec in Old Town w/ good food and not too loud (but not too fuddy-duddy either) so three old friends can catch up
2. restaurant rec in Old Town/River North for 8 college friends celebrating a big bday. We need a place that's moderately priced w/ good food and lively atmosphere but where we can hear each other talk (no pizza, please)
3. any fun places in Old Town/River North for friends to go in and have a glass of wine/beer/cocktail?
We'd prefer places not filled w/ 20 somethings.