The thread on Korean made me wonder, what other restaurant styles is Chicago, or at least the center parts of Chicago missing?
Clearly - a good, suitable for business lunches/dinners, but also chowhound outings Korean is one that is missing from the center parts of Chicago (but thankfully appears to be available in the Suburbs and north/northwest side of Chicago - thanks Gary!)
Others that come to mind are possibly:
Wood fired pizza - options I know of are again North or far Northwest sides of the city
Good vegetarian - what options do exist in the central parts of the city?
Great barbeque - looks like Lems is the best option at the moment, followed by some places out in the burbs - anything closer to the city center? Fogo de Chao is at least one form of "grilled meat" - but probably really a different style altogether.
I'm sure there are others - what comes to mind? Over the past decade the central parts of Chicago (south loop, west loop, loop, river north, streeterville, gold coast, perhaps greektown/chinatown/old town if you stretch a bit) have become very chow friendly indeed, but I'm sure we are missing some things.
What are they?