I am planning a dinner for my wife's 40th birthday in March. It will be just the 2 of us - and her b-day is on a Sunday, which I know eliminates a good number of choices from consideration.
We have been to many nice restaurants in Chicago, and are very familiar with the city (we live in the NW suburbs, but lived in Lake View for 5 years). Our favorites over the years include Mirai, Charlie Trotters, erwin, the long-departed Blackhawk Lodge, and Yoshi's Cafe. For this dinner, I have in mind something quiet & romantic, ideally with a scenic location. Type of cuisine is open - but something lighter (seafood / asian / sushi). We particularly enjoy tasting menus paired with wines by the glass, basically putting things in the hands of the chef.
I am thinking of either Spring or North Pond, neither of which we have dined at before. Can anyone comment on the differences, keeping in mind it will be on a Sunday night? I suppose Spring does not offer much of a view, but from what I can tell the dining room seems very zen-like & relaxed. Any other similar restaurants that come to mind?