Hi. I'll being going to a convention in Chicago for the first week in August. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions of some good places to eat - not tooo expensive. I'll be staying at the Fairmont, and won't have a rental car, so hopefully there are some places people can suggest that are a short cab ride.
I'm also looking for a few unique spots - like Eli's - for some great bakery/take home items.
Also - I love fondue - are there any in Chicago?
It's been several years since I've been to the Stube, but I prefered Gejas. They have a large wine list and are helpful in assisting for the best choices with whatever fondue you've chosen. It's definitley a date/romance type place. But again, it's pricey. The Stube is a better value, but not a better place.
Reasonably close to your hotel (200 N. Columbus) is Russian Tea Time 77 E. Adams St. 312-360-0000 - it's a popular pre-theater place so you might want to make reservations. Prices really range, so if you do like I do and get a few appetizers, it can be quite inexpensive - but go for the caviar and huge main courses and it can be sky high :) They have great tea, I'd skip the desserts.
Also close is Italian Village, Vivere and La Cantina - a glory of italian choices (there are 3 restaurants, one on each floor, very different, different price ranges, each quite wonderful) 71 W. Monroe St. again, reservations are probably a good idea 312-332-7005. Vivere is upscale modern Italian on the ground floor, the Village is upstairs with a superb, kitschy old fashioned "italian restaurant" decor, La Cantina specializes in Seafood in the basement. All 3 share one of the best Italian wine lists in the country - variety and depth in a range of prices. The Village is the cheapest of the place, and has mostly northern italian food (pasta in sauce).
If you want to look up where lots of chowhound recommended restaurants are and read the Chicago Tribune reviews, where present, go to Metromix for the details - so read this board, make some decisions, and then check out the address, phone, etc
I agree...Geja's on Armitage (my old neighborhood) is very nice. Bring a date or a crowd of people you like.
Very romantic...A dark, "cave-like" candlelit setting, Spanish guitarist.
I like Kiki's for French (see my 7/18/01 posting), and Topolobampo for upscale Mexican. For great Thai food, try Little Home Cafe (although it will cost you a bit more in cab fare.)