I recently took a holiday in Chicago for the first time here are some places I found (mainly with the help of my Lonely Planet guide)
Kamehachi (on Ontario) I loved this place and went twice beautiful setting, smart but also friendly and relaxed with excellent service sushi / sashimi / tempura / gyoza were all good as was the sea bass in a sake citrus marinade.
Johnny Rockets (on Rush) excellent burgers and shakes and a fun atmosphere
Great smoothies at Jamba Juice (also on Ontario)
The Fireplace Inn (Old Town) the ribs and steaks were terrific
Hanabi (Lincoln Park) so so I think I made a bad choice with the spicy chicken teriyaki it was just too spicy for my liking the seaweed salad was ok though
I had lunch one day at a place in the loop which may have been called Ronnys I think it was on Wabash amazingly cheap and quite good but too much food (ribs, baked potato, bread, salad) for lunchtime
I also came across a Dean and Deluca style food store which I think was called Fox and Obies (please correct me if thats wrong). Excellent for browsing and a nice café for coffee. It was somewhere near the NBC building as I recall, but I can't remember which street I was on at the time
I stayed at the Red Roof Inn which has a great location and is really good value if youre not bothered about having too many facilities and just want somewhere clean and basic.
Finally may I just say how much I enjoyed the City itself very clean streets, people were friendly and polite, great entertainment (Second City, B.l.u.e.s, Kingston Mines) , great shopping (two Williams Sonomas in three blocks!)and excellent art, museums and views
But you knew that, right!
I hope to return soon.