Visiting from the Bay Area for 4 days, After lurking the Chicago boards I came up with a rough plan.
I'd like to focus on food Chicago does well compared to other cities, especially the Bay Area. Going for balance (in terms of price range) and variety. I generally have equal reverence for fancy tasting menus (e.g. EMP, Ko in NY) and hole in the walls (e.g. dumplings in flushing, fried chicken in NOLA). I eat a lot. Having 3 dinners in a day on vacation is not out of the ordinary for me.
Staying in the Magnificent Mile area. Traveling as a group of 2-4 for most of the trip.
* Arrive ~1pm. Rent a car for the day and go straight to Johnnie's
* Go to Gene and Jude's after.
* Pizza at Lou Malnati's for afternoon snack.
* Elizabeth for Dinner (reserved)
* Jam for breakfast
* Blackbird prix fixe lunch
* More Italian beef for afternoon snack. Bari? Something else?
* The Publican dinner. Better option in the same price range?
* 11pm dinner/snacks at GATG (reserved)
* Light breakfast somewhere. Any suggestions for farmers markets? Would the French Market be good place here?
* Burger somewhere for lunch, Au/little cheval? Acadia? Owen & Engine? Or am I better off trying something completely different?
* Afternoon tea at the Drake (reserved)
* Dinner at Alinea (reserved)
* Brunch at North Pond (reserved)
* Rest of day open for spontaneous food / repeats.
* Flight at 7pm
Anything I should switch out? Anything I completely missed? Feedback appreciated, thanks! :)