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Good Eats Near Grant Park?

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I have a scheduled business trip to Chicago and am arriving a couple days early to see the city. Are there any good places near Grant Park or the hotels near Tribune Tower to get a hot dog or other Chicago specialities? I'll be there alone until my meetings start, so simple places are fine (I don't need recommendations to any high-end restaurants for couples or groups).

Thanks!

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  1. No one helped me out with my query, but if anyone else looks at this thread, I can say that I had a wonderful meal at the Park Grill right in Millennium Park (great pork sandwich and fries with local beers on tap but a lot of other dishes that looked good too, pastas, desserts, etc.), great sushi at the nearby Fairmont hotel (they apparently fly their fish in from Japan), and a very good dinner (again at the Fairmont) with local fish and, surprisingly, local wine.

    The Macy's a couple of blocks from the park (on the corner of State and Randolph) has a Frontera cafe that supposedly serves many of the same Mexican dishes you pay much more for at Frontera Grill. But the cafe is not open on Sundays and closes very early on Saturdays, so plan any visit carefully. I did not get to try it as I arrived 5 minutes after they closed and the fact that I had just flown in from California, and it was my one chance to try their food, did not sway them to even allow me to order any take-out that they might have ready made (such as a tamale). So very poor customer service but supposedly very good food.

    There was also a neat chocolate shop about 2-3 blocks North of the park (on the West side of Michigan) that has interesting hot cocoa (the chile version was waaay too spicy for me even though I love Mexican food and salsa; all I could taste was chile) but they also have other cocoas, cakes, candy, etc. Worth a visit and very popular when I was there.

    The one thing I could not find anywhere was a hot dog! Even a bad one!

    There is also a good 1/2 price theater ticket place on Randolph between the park and Macy's that is worth a visit.

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    1. re: tnilsson

      Sorry nobody got back to you. For future reference, there's a great hole-in-the-wall buger/sausage/hot dog joint on Adams a block and a half from the Art Institute called Max's. Also, there's a great sushi/Japanese bistro/tapas joint called Oysy.

      http://www.oysysushi.com/

      1. re: tnilsson

        "I did not get to try it as I arrived 5 minutes after they closed and the fact that I had just flown in from California, and it was my one chance to try their food, did not sway them to even allow me to order any take-out that they might have ready made (such as a tamale)."

        You're not alone. Similar bureaucratic lack of concern shown to Chicago customers when they ripped the name "Marshall Field's" off the front door despite intense protest from us locals.

      2. The Gage is very nice and if you sit in the bar it's very freindly for single service. It's right across from the Crown Fountain in Millenium Park. A nice walk down Michiigan Avenue and you can find Water Tower place's Food Life http://centerstage.net/restaurants/fo...
        Not sure where there is a good hot dog or deep dish pizza around there though.

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        1. re: GIAD

          Don't know about the hot dogs, but you can get deep dish pizza at a lot of places around there. Near the Tribune Tower in River North you've got Gino's East on Superior, and the original Uno's on Wabash. Moving south across the river there's Bacino's on Wacker, then you hit Giordano's in the Prudential Plaza, and then you get to Grant Park and Pizano's on Madison.

          One other very special place not too far from the Tribune Tower is Fox and Obel, the upscale gourmet grocery store, not only for various items (prepared foods as well as basics) to go, but also for the cafe in the rear, open all day. www.fox-obel.com