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first visit to chicago

yosh1 | Feb 28, 201209:54 AM

My wife is flying me to chicago for four nights over easter weekend to take me for a (belated) birthday dinner at alinea(sun night). We ate at mugaritz in spain last summer and i'm really excited to compare the two. I've also booked topolobampo for fri lunch, and the girl and the goat for mon dinner. We've reserved easter sun brunch at the publican, but my wife would much rather go to m henry (she loves pancakes) but the no reservation policy worries me a bit (we're hoping to go to the cubs game that afternoon). How much of a problem will we have getting in? As far as fri dinner, i've been trying to book schwa, but haven't had any success yet. I'm going to keep trying, but if we can't get a seating, we still like the idea of doing a smaller, more intimate BYOB that night - thoughts about el ideas, bonsoiree, etc? Sat is going to be more of a casual (re:lots of drinks!) day - deep-dish pizza, maybe hot dougs or something similar, and a blues bar (which one?) at night. I've read some of the postings about chicago pizza places and its no surprise that people are as opinionated here as they were in NY about pizza there, so we still haven't decided which one to go to. Again, any ideas/suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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