I was the one who needed recommendations a week ago for a bunch of Central Europeans in Chicaho. Got some excellent tips, but things worked out in such a way that I didn't get to take advantage of all of them; in any case, here's what we did.
1. The semi-formal dinner I was most concerned about didn't happen. We were all so exhausted from the convention we never did a "fancy" night out, except a reception at the Polish consulate, which was lavish and very very Polish. Whoever caters their events knows their stuff. A touch heavy but if you have vodka at hand to wash it down, no problem.
2. For some reason, people from my head office just reeeally wanted to do Chinatown. I'm sure it's very exotic for them as a place but don't really see the point in terms of food as we have Chinese restaurants in Prague too, and quite a few of them, but whatever. We ended up at Emperor's Choice, which also seems to be the primary Gringos' Choice, as we were far from the only tourists in there. Their roast duck was very good; whatever vegetable stir fry my colleagues got (they are *not* adventurous eaters) were to their satisfaction, too. All in all, a success, and the waiter was very indulgent and kind, not to mention funny.
2. For "typical Chicago" we did Pizzeria Due, which was a huge hit. Good pizza, good atmosphere, our waitress was about 70, it definitely seemed pretty authentic despite the tourists. Success.
3. Some people in my group had to go out one night with some other officials and there was a lot of concern about how the conversation will go. So, I suggested the festive & loud Cafe Iberico, which I figured would be so distracting that the lack of conversation won't be an issue. Which is exactly what happened, and everyone was happy. But I missed it due to the Chinatown excursion.
And that's it!!! No more dining in my 4 days in the windy city, just crappy overpriced food at the convention center and snacks otherwise... I hate going to trade shows and conventions; but love Chicago. So clean! So futuristic! Terrific architecture! Friendly people! Laid back! (not like NYC...)
The good news (for me anyway) is, I got bumped from the wannabe-hip but somewhat incompetent Hotel 71 for 2 nights, as a result of which I got a voucher for a free night, which means I'll be back!!! Hooray! Next time I'm showing up with husband-unit and it will be all about leisure, which of course includes eating. I'll solicit more advice then.