Dear Chicago hounds: I'm coming to town for a conference and I have only one night where dinner is my choice. I'm staying in the Loop, but from what I've gleaned from a quick review of the board, my options are better elsewhere. So, where's a good place that's a short cab ride away, that's open on a Monday night, and is about $30/person? (Not interested in either pizza or Mexican.)
Also, where's a nice cafe in the Loop with good coffee that's open early in the morning?