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Business trip tomorrow to Chicago

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Hello! If you have some time, I could use your help. I will be in Chicago tomorrow (5/13) night and the following day. Could anyone recommend some places to go for food/drink? I've been there a few times, but will have some more freedom this time. Here's the kind of places I am looking for:

I would like to stay within walking distance of downtown - along the river area. If something is a "can't miss", I don't mind taking a cab though. I will be alone, so I would prefer a place where you can go without being a couple or a group.

Looking for some fun and interesting place to hang out on Tuesday night. I would prefer some place that isn't outrageously priced ($50-$60??? total for me)?? Not much of a dancer, but would consider going if there is a place you can go and just hang out.

For food, I like interesting and unique food. If it is a chain, it is out of the question. Lunch should be around $20 or under and dinner around $40 or under. I am open to any food ethnicity, but really want to walk away saying that was unique. Think Anthony Bourdain type places!

Anything other information I provide???

Thanks for your help!

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  1. OK, so if you're saying walking distance to the loop and near the river, I figure you're staying near Wacker/Michigan intersection? Try Bin 36. It has a fancier dinner option as well as a more casual wine bar option (and there's a new place just downstairs that I haven't tried but sounds interesting, A Mano I think)

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    Bin 36
    339 N. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60610

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    1. re: leek

      Thanks!! I think I am at our near the Hyatt, which I believe is on Wacker. Bin 36 it is!

      1. re: IMINARUSH

        There are several Hyatts. It sounds like you're at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, the one just northeast of the Loop and a couple blocks north of Millennium Park. Bin 36 is a bit of a walk (maybe 15 minutes). There are many good places less than 5-10 minutes away from the hotel.

        There are a couple of previous topics with great recommendations in the immediate vicinity of the Hyatt Regency. This one is broad-based, with recommendations in lots of price ranges, and lists those within a 5-minute walk and within a 10-minute walk:
        www.chowhound.com/topics/512560
        This one is geared specifically towards inexpensive food options:
        www.chowhound.com/topics/387291