With advanced thanks, I would be grateful for some comments on selecting Bar Toma vs La Madia. We are interested in a casual/hip kind of energy and, hopefully, delicious food as well. It appears that the La Madia menu may be slightly larger and offer more typical mains, whereas Bar Toma is more like share some starters and a pizza. We do not want to pick something that will be empty, as our dining options are on a Sunday and Monday night.
With that in mind, I thought that Pump Room might be a good choice for Sunday. Given that is is in a hotel, I figured there will be other people there. I also like the idea that is is a classic Chicago destination that has been redone. I have been unable to find a great deal of information about how the food actually is.
Final question - for a steakhouse....is Nine over and done? Any confirmation or alternative suggestions wouls be great.