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Road trip to Chicago (again) looking for some help this time.

Smavo | Feb 9, 201004:36 PM

So I took my wife to Chicago for her visit in October and needless to say we are going back in March for a weekend. 3 of us this time in our late 20's and we don't like touristy if possible. We like real people and good food. We drive in from St. Joseph, MO so we have a vehicle if we need to travel, but parking is pricey and going in and out is worse. We are staying Thurs/Fri off Michigan Ave and Sat. in the Loop. So here is what I've done and my plans for next time:

Last Time:
Kuma's on the way in
Lou M's Pizza
Tecalitlan Restaurant

I am thinking this time around:
Kuma's is in again
Portillio's is a convienent good Chicago Dog (this is late night after dinner and some bar time for us)
I really enjoyed Wildfire. The atmosphere, the price, the service, and the food. I don't know for the money if David Burke's would be that much better? I also looked at The Drawing Room with the restaurant.com $25 gift cert for $2. Sounds like they have great drinks.

I think it's time for a Rick Bayless experience so I'm thinking Frontera one day or night.

Friday night we are going to Lincoln Hall for some rock and roll so I need an idea for dinner around that area. ( Lincoln Ave and W. Fullerton)

The Gage looks pretty good so that is in the mix as well.

I looked at Heaven on Seaven for brunch before we head out.

Lastly, we thought about doing some cracker thin crust this time. Maybe Vito and Nicks or Coalfire (seems a long ways away even with the car) If I'm talking stupid let me know and we'll hit Giordano's this time for some stuffed action.

Any good mom and pop home cooking or great eats on the cheap ideas are more than welcome. Bar food and Dives are always appreciated. Thanks and I love this site way too much.

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