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First time in Chicago - how to narrow it down??

CookieEater | Jun 24, 200806:05 PM     15

I'll be in Chicago for 5 days over 4th of July weekend and am trying to prepare the ultimate food itinerary. I've been reading this board like crazy, but not being familiar with the city, its neighborhoods, and its specialties, I'm a little bewildered. Please give me a few pointers to narrow things down.

I'm staying at a friend's in West Town (which is sometimes called East Village? wha?) and plan to dine in this neighborhood and near tourist areas, since that's where I'll be most of the time.
I need to keep cost down. No high end, and I plan to do pricier restaurants for lunch and do cheaper places for dinners. I prefer local, good value places.
I definitely want deep dish pizza - but I read elsewhere on the board that there are 2 kinds - double crust? Is that the better kind?
I don't really want to do Asian or Mexican - I'm from L.A., and I'd prefer to try stuff that I don't eat all the time here. Though I am treating my host to lunch at Frontera Grill. Does Chicago have more South American or Caribbean?
I don't need to do Italian - just did a food-filled trip to Boston and stuffed myself in their Italian neighborhood. Instead, I'm doing Greek Town. I found 3 recs here, I'll do one of those.

Beyond this, I don't know what else Chicago is known for so I don't know what keywords to search for! Ukrainian or Eastern European? Steak? Certain desserts? Help!

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