I am coming to Chicago this weekend with my mom (the ultimate chowhound) - going to a wedding in Lemont. Have spent about an hour or two on the Chicago message board in the past couple of days, and have compiled a "hit list" of sorts.
As a side note, your Chicago board makes it very easy to find some great restaurants pretty quickly. Between the Chowathon 2002 reviews, and the thread by David Hammond - "Prototype: Answer to the Eternal Question", I had a couple of great springboard threads to find information.
I am interested in eating at places that are uniquely Chicago, AND inexpensive. We are fine with many different types of food, and are just always in search of the great meals. Looking forward to hot dogs, pizza, and beer, among other things. This is going to be a casual weekend for us - don't want to dress for dinner, or spend a lot of money. We will have a car, but may opt for public transportation for a lot of the trip.
Here is the list of choices that I have so far. Anything major missing? Any other comments on this would be GREATLY appreciated, and gladly reciprocated if you are ever coming to California.
Filbert's Root Beer Factory
Johnnie's Beef or maybe Gene & Jude's or Byron's (or all!)
maybe a pork chop sandwich near Comiskey? (mom would love that).
Jimmie's Woodlawn Tap
Phew! I come back Tuesday. Just in time for a big diet ;)
Thanks for your help.