Calgarian In Chicago
I am from Calgary, Alberta. Up here in Canada. Will be visiting your city soon on a five day trip. I know of a few obvious heavy hitters.....Trotters, Tru, Alinea. But what do you locals suggest? Price will not be an issue, and I would like to experience the best of the city's restaurant offerings. Maybe give me some fine dining options with tasting menus etc. and also some not to be missed local, off the beaten track gems. Thanks! FF
This topic lists the very top chefs and restaurants in town:
If there is a "top five", then I would include Everest and Avenues along with the three you mentioned. But there are many more fine, fine restaurants in Chicago and its suburbs, so designating any particular excellent place as being better than any other particular excellent place is highly subjective.
In that topic, below the list, are a bunch more excellent fine dining restaurants, most of which are a bit more casual than the former group. One other place not mentioned there is Aigre Doux, which just opened a couple of months ago and is in the "bit more casual" category also, and very wonderful. See: www.chowhound.com/topics/365436
I hate to make this recommendation because it is already getting too popular. But the Think Cafe is amazing and it is BYOB. I have had no less than 5 fabulous evenings at Think and being able to bring fine wines is the topper. Again, getting very popular but they do take reservations. Check out www.metromix.com under restaurants for a review, address and directions. This is a cannot miss place and not one where tourists congregate. Don
If you want to "go and feel local", you can go to any of the casual fine dining places I mentioned - Aigre Doux, One Sixty Blue, Blackbird, Avec, mk, Spring, Custom House, Naha, Sweets and Savories, Sola, North Pond, etc. These places serve some of the best food in town and are not big tourist destinations, either. Aigre Doux is too new to be in the guidebooks, and most of these others are just far enough away from the tourist areas (e.g. Michigan Avenue/Mag Mile) that you will be one of the very few tourists there, eh.