I'm visiting Chicago this weekend with my family. Are there any restaurants that you all would recommend that exemplify Chicago food? Or some restaurants that have food you can ONLY find in Chicago?
It would be helpful if they were in/near the Loop, but that's not really necessary.
Also, price is definitely a factor -- probably about $20 max per person (for appetizer and entree).
You could start with our Chicago-style deep-dish pizza. You'll find locations in the Loop for Giordano's, Pizano's, and Bacino's, and near the Loop for all the other big chains (Lou Malnati's, Gino's East, Edwardo's, Uno's). For more detailed recommendations, see these topics:
You'll find more recommendations for "quintessential Chicago foods" in this topic: