I'll be in Chicago for 6 days in October for a conference, staying in the South Loop. A good friend went to Northwestern so I've been to the city a bunch of times but not for a couple years. I am looking to mix old favorites (Al's, Hot Dougs/SuperDawg, Gino's East, Topolobampo) with new places that represent what's hot & happening on the foodie scene. Taxi's are no problem, but I would prefer to take the El & walk as much as possible, so I'd really appreciate notes on how safe it would be for a lone female or couple to walk to/from the restaurant or if a taxi would be the best choice. I've got a fairly generous expense account during the week but not up to the Alinea level. I'm leaning away from steakhouses, big multi-course meals or anything overly fancy on this trip, especially from Friday onward when my bf is flying in for the weekend (although I could be persuaded in that direction).
So, here are my thoughts:
Tuesday: probably 9ish before I get to the hotel. Would appreciate some suggestions for dinner that are open fairly late (10 or 10:30 reservations).
Wednesday: Blackbird for lunch, Frontera Grill or Topolobampo for dinner
Thursday: Trying to decide between Green Zebra/Sweets & Savories/Schwa
Saturday: hot dogs and/or Italian beef, Avec for dinner
Sunday: Gino's East for pizza then off to the airport
Would appreciate some comments and additional suggestions!