Hi Chicago chowhounds, I need to make a reservation for two families (total of 10 people) to celebrate our UChicago students' upcoming graduation. Both graduates love restaurants and good food, but probably would enjoy a smart casual experience more than a traditional formal dining affair. Still, we want the night to be fun and festive. There are so many great dining choices, I am a little overwhelmed and would welcome any and all recommendations.
P.S. one of our party (NOT one of the graduates) is a notoriously fussy diner and will ask for a lof ingredient changes in her order. So any suggestions for restaurants that can handle that kind of dining client would be much appreciated too.