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For our daughter's 16th b-day we're taking her to Chicago. We're staying near Mag Mile - rented a condo on E, Huron. Here's what our schedule looks like so, I;d appreciate rec's around places we'll be plus she is a huge carnivore so a steakhouse is a must one night.

Arrive Sunday around 3:00
Dinner - Deep Dish - I know this is touchy, everyone has there favorites. I can say this no Gino's East. We liked Lou Malnati's, but is there a better one?

Monday;
Lunch - Possiby Chicago Food Planet Walking Tour - Bucktown/Wicker Park

Dinner - open,
Plan to go to Second City

Tuesday - She LOVES Ferris Bueller's Day off - so we thought it might be fun to make a day out of paying homage to her favorite flick. Places i think we'll visit Sears Tower, Chicago Stock Exchange, and plan to do the Architecture Boat Tour so need lunch rec somewhere near the vicinity.
Lunch - need suggestions
Dinner - Steakhouse - which would you pick: Rosebud or Gibson's? Open to other suggestions as well.

Wednesday - morning visit to Northwestern (working in a colleg visit)
lunch - need rec.

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  1. Near Second City there's a good Mexican restaurant. Not Adobo, but keep going down to the next block. I can't remember the name but I think it is La something that begins with a P. Nothing fancy but very good. Does someone else know that name of the place I'm thinking of?

    1. The Gage has a great lunch. It's on Michigan Ave. near the Art Institute (which would make another great Ferris stop). Gibson's is a better bet for steak. Or try Chicago Chop House or Gene & Georgettiis. Both have a great Chicago feel.

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      1. re: chicago09

        Thanks - I think its going to be Gibson's. I'll check out the menu at the Gage Any suggestions fro dinner nearby Second City?

      2. Salipicon is three blocks south on Wells and does upscale Mexican well. Four blocks south on Wells and Division is the Old Town Brasserie which does traditional french food very well.

        The Adobo Grill is fine and is in the same building as Second City. Across the street is an Italian place called Dinotto which is fine but nothing special.

        For your steakhouse you should give heavy consideration to David Burke's Primehouse which is in the James Hotel. It is slighly closer and, while not a Chicago institution like Gibson's, makes a far better steak in my opinion.

        1. >> Dinner - Deep Dish - I know this is touchy, everyone has there favorites. I can say this no Gino's East. We liked Lou Malnati's, but is there a better one?

          Yup, definitely a touchy subject. If you want to go to another place serving single-crust "pizza in the pan", given where you're staying, I'd consider the original Pizzeria Uno or Pizzeria Due. The other common style of deep-dish pizza is double-crust "stuffed" pizza, for which Giordano's on Rush is the closest to where you're staying.

          >> Dinner - open,
          Plan to go to Second City

          See:
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/451851
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/501369

          >> Tuesday - She LOVES Ferris Bueller's Day off - so we thought it might be fun to make a day out of paying homage to her favorite flick. Places i think we'll visit Sears Tower, Chicago Stock Exchange, and plan to do the Architecture Boat Tour so need lunch rec somewhere near the vicinity.
          Lunch - need suggestions

          Giordano's for "stuffed" pizza; see above. Lou Mitchell's for diner-type food, where the traders go. Blackbird is walkable for contemporary American cuisine at a bargain price at lunchtime.

          >> Dinner - Steakhouse - which would you pick: Rosebud or Gibson's? Open to other suggestions as well.

          I agree with acer109 that you should consider David Burke's Primehouse.

          >> Wednesday - morning visit to Northwestern (working in a colleg visit)
          lunch - need rec.

          I assume you're referring to their undergraduate campus in downtown Evanston. Some of the best places in downtown Evanston open for lunch include Dixie Kitchen (cajun), Mount Everest (Indian with a lunch buffet), Thai Sookdee, That Little Mexican Cafe, Lulu's Dim Sum, Prairie Moon (American), Bat 17 (deli), Davis Street Fishmarket, and Merle's (barbecue). Great lunch options in Evanston away from downtown include Lupita's (Mexican), Jacky's Bistro (French), and Jilly's Cafe (French bistro). Al's Deli is a great sandwich shop, mostly carry-out with a few tiny tables; don't miss their chocolate chip cookies!