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domesticgodess Jun 22, 2007 06:12 AM

My husband and daughter (who is 7 years old) will be visiting chicago next week for two days. They will be staying at the Hilton.
They are already booked for an "american girl" breakfast.
Any other recommendations.....good pizza....a diner.......floating sushi bar??....
p.s. they dont eat meat or shellfish but eat fish (sorry for the complications..LOL)
Thanks in advance for your help.
When I visited Chicago last October...I went to a few restaurants recommended by chowhounds and I was one happy camper!!

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    jbw Jun 22, 2007 06:58 AM

    A couple of recommendations on "proximity" and "pleasant ambience" if you're feeling lazy and just want to relax without paying a premium

    I can't speak to the quality of the sushi (I'm not a sushi fan), but it's right around the corner from you:

    http://oysysushi.com/

    It's far from the best diner in Chicago, but it's the closest. It bills itself as a deli, but the diner items IMO are superior. Good patty melt:

    http://www.elevencitydiner.com/

    And, if you or your daughter are fond of rich robust pancake breakfasts one of the best options is nearby:

    http://www.bongoroom.com/

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      Pete Oldtown Jun 23, 2007 01:43 PM

      I'm responding to the 7 year old part. Pizza Due, Big Bowl (Asian noodles and stir fry), and Heaven on 7, with Cajun food (they have fish and veggie dishes) are all near the Marriott and Virgin Megastore on N. Michigan. Matsuya, on Clark near Wrigley Field, is a very good value for really decent sushi. My daughter, when she was that age, liked all of these places and they're informal and kid-friendly and entertaining. And, of course, there's Rainforest Cafe, which has some veggie pasta dishes IIRC. It's not real expensive, but there can be really long waits. Plus, you'll end up dropping more $ at the gift shop, but a fun place for dad and daughter.

      1. wench31 Jun 24, 2007 10:36 AM

        The floating sushi bar caught my eye. Is there a floating sushi bar in the chicago area? will also be visiting Chicago in a couple of weeks.
        Heaven on 7 looks good. Where is Pizza Due? Tried looking up in the computer and can't find it.
        Thanks!

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          chicgail Jun 24, 2007 01:51 PM

          I have always been disappointed with Heaven on 7. It is fun and jumping and reasonably priced, but I have often found the food to be way to heavily spiced for me to enjoy it -- and I do not usually have a problem with heat. Just one person's opinion, I guess.

          Pizzeria Due is the sister restaurant to Pizzeria Uno, the original Chicago deep dish pizza that goes back to the 1940s. Uno and Due are right across street from each other on Wabash and Ontario. Uno is the original; Due is (a little) newer and a bit bigger.

          While there is a Pizzariao Uno chain that appears to be owned by the same company, the quality of the food is DRAMATICALLY different than what is served in the originals in Chicago.

          1. re: chicgail
            wench31 Jun 24, 2007 06:15 PM

            thank you for the information!

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              wench31 Jun 24, 2007 06:55 PM

              oh! one more question, chicgail. What is a floating sushi bar? It sounds nice? Is there such a place in Chicago?

          2. bunnyluv24 Jun 24, 2007 12:52 PM

            Go to Ed Debevics!! It's an American style diner where the wait staff are VERY entertaining & interactive. Your daughter & husband will love the place. They can munch on Veggie Chili Nachos or Cheese Fries and have a Chocolate Malt. www.eddebevics.com

            1. weinstein5 Jun 24, 2007 01:31 PM

              all of these are great choices - I can not talk to oysy sushi - my favorite sushi place is kamehachi - http://www.kamehachi.com/ it is not a flotaing sushi bar -

              Also I would recommend Wishbone - http://www.wishbonechicago.com/site/e...

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                03215325 Jun 24, 2007 06:25 PM

                For fish I really like Catch 35 - it's at 35 Wacker - right across the river from the corncob buildings & House of Blues.

                I also found Heaven on 7 a little disappointing on the food side - but I'm from Cajun country, so my standards are a bit high.

                My daughter's really liked Bandera's on Michigan across from the Virgin Record store - it is upstairs with a nice view - try the cornbread!

                I like Giodorno's for pizza. A couple are in your general area.

                If you feel like wandering a bit further out and like to try different things, Greek Isles, Santorini, or Pegasus on Halstead in Greektown are nice - you can sit on the roof at Pegasus and Greek Isles has a nice seafood selection - all are very family friendly.

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                  SueFH Jun 24, 2007 07:04 PM

                  My kids always liked foodlife at Water Tower, so much to choose from and reasonable quality if a bit pricey. We happen to choose Gino's East over the Uno/Due family but that's personal preference I guess.

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                    weinstein5 Jun 24, 2007 08:12 PM

                    Definitely would second Catch 35 - IMHO the best seafood restaurant in Chicago - not knowing what type of seafood your daughter might like but it might be a little upscale for her -

                    Also another fun place - that my kids love is - is Bubba Gumps at Navy Pier - http://www.bubbagump.com/

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