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One weekend in Chicago

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I'm spending Memorial Day weekend in Chicago with my mom, meaning 3 days and 2 nights of delicious food and whatever else comes our way. What's not to miss? I'm open to all cuisines, and budget is not an issue. Anywhere in the city (within reason) is ok. Alinea? Tru? Any and all guidance is greatly appreciated! TIA!

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  1. You'll find links to discussions on various kinds of food around Chicago in this topic:
    www.chowhound.com/topics/399289

    In particular, you ask about the top chefs and restaurants in Chicago. There is a link to a topic discussing them, but here it is for your convenience:
    www.chowhound.com/topics/368683

    If you want to go to Alinea, I suggest you make your reservations as soon as possible. Also be aware that Alinea is open on Sundays, and fewer other fine places are, so doing Alinea on Sunday night might work better for you (and it might be easier to get a Sunday reservation than a Saturday one, although the fact that it's a holiday weekend could work for or against you).

    You'll probably get more consensus on Alinea as being the "very best" than on which restaurant is "second best". Devotees of Avenues, Everest, Tru, and Charlie Trotter's can all stake a legitimate claim.

    There are lots more places that are a bit more casual, if you don't want to do a dress-up, splurge kind of place every night. These places, too, are mentioned in the fine dining topic noted here.

    1. So from your previous posts it looks like you are from Manhattan. Imagine, if you will, someone posting on Manhattan board - "hey - I'm coming to NYC. Can anyone recommend a good place to eat?"

      Well yeah, maybe a thousand of them.

      Likewise in Chciago.

      If you can get a little more specific, I bet you'll get more input here.

      1. A trip to Bobtail ice cream parlor would surely bring those childhood memories back.