where wise guy eat in chicago?
La Scarola at Grand and Milwaukee. It was Joey "The Clown" Lombardo's favorite restaurant before he had to go on the lam. It also has very good old school Italian-American food.
The bar next door--Richard's--is also full of "character." You'll see more of it during a weekday afternoon than you will at night when it turns into a dive bar for younger Gold Coast/Lincoln Park types. Richard's is reputedly where Tony "The Ant" Spilotro stabbed a guy in the throat with a pen, later immortalized by Joe Pesci's character in Casino.