Hi my midwestern chow friends. My husband and I are visiting Chicago in early December for a week. We will be staying at the Hotel Allegro on Randolph street. It's not our first visit to the area by far but we haven't been there together in years. The last time I was out it was with my daughter and we stayed out near Oakbrook. This time we'll be downtown. We had a wonderful pizza dinner at Traverso's and would love to return. Is there one in the city? We will need casual dinners that won't break the bank. We won't have a car so things should be close within walking distance or cab ride. Also, can someone suggest a good dim sum place that serves weekdays? I'm also open to suggestions regarding things to see. Aside from the museum of Science and Industry, Shedd Aquarium, Navy Pier which we've seen numerous times. Any fun little shopping areas away from the Mile? It will be a week away from the kids for me, my husband will be in meetings most days with Monday and Friday free. I would appreciate any suggestions!