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Last second trip has us in Chicago with nowhere to go for dinner on Wednesday night. Wifey and I are hardcore hounds from Seattle and she's in Chicago regularly, so she's been to a lot of top spots already (Avec, Trotters, OneSixty, Green Zebra and others). She's also been to Publican and I haven't, but she'd go back again.

So, the question is: where to eat dinner? Here's my particulars:
- I have a car and want to eat in Chicago or North of downtown (driving from Evanston area)
- We probably won't be drinking (much)
- No dress code (trip was very last minute)
- We eat everything at any budget

BTW (irrevelant to this thread) - I went to fRedhots & Fries (in Glenview) and it doesn't hold a candle to Hot Doug's, my #1 encased meat emporium.

Thanks CHI Chowhounds in advance.

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  1. Kan Zaman - good Mediterranean food with belly dance performers on Fri & Sat nights.
    Terragusto - well hidden excellent Italian restaurant, reserve the chef's table, try the chef's tasting menu.
    Tango Sur - great Argentine restaurant. be there early, they don't take reservation, and it's always crowded.

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    Tango Sur
    3763 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

    Kan Zaman
    617 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654

    Terragusto Lincoln Park
    340 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

    1. Just entertained a Seattle relative here in Chicago. We took him to The Bristol, which he thoroughly enjoyed.

      Other easy-dress, but excellent food options, all in neighborhoods north of downtown include::
      Sweets and Savories
      Sola
      Perennial
      Bistro Campagne
      Tallulah
      Campagnola (in Evanston)

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      Sweets & Savories
      1534 W Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60614

      Bistro Campagne
      4518 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

      Tallulah
      4539 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

      The Bristol
      2152 N Damen Avenue, chicago

      Perennial Virant
      1800 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60614

      Sola Restaurant
      3868 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60613

      Campagnola
      815 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60202

      1. Since you guys are hardcore hounds and have a car, have you been to Lula Cafe? It's my #1 favorite place in the city. Creative food using local ingredients. Whole other side of the menu with excellent cafe fare. Great staff. Fanciful cocktails and moderately priced wines. Funky Logan Square location.

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        Lula Cafe
        2537 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647

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        1. re: ms. chow

          Oh gosh, I hate this kind of decision. We still have hours to go (latish dinner), but we have it narrowed down to three: Publican, Lula Cafe and The Bristol.

          As good as Lula and Bristol menus look, we are leaning towards Publican because it has more vegetable side dish options. Not to say the other menus don't look great, but our indecisiveness may lead us to the larger menu. And I love all things porcine.

          Are we making a wise decision? Like I said, we've got a whole day ahead of us before dinner, so we'll still listen to our continued superb suggestions from the Chi-hounds.

          1. re: choweater

            Funny, I'd think of the Publican for more meat options than veggie long before the other two :)

          2. re: ms. chow

            yes. lula is great~ but again, you have to beat the crowd...

            1. re: viafaenza37

              Does Lula's have that big a crowd on Wednesday night?

              1. re: viafaenza37

                I looks like we'll get downtown around 8:30 or so. I'm not concerned about Wed night crowds anywhere. Or should I be?

                1. re: choweater

                  downtown? probably... oh~ just came to mind... J Bar at the James Hotel downtown is doing Wii night on Wednesdays offering free app before 8pm, very cheap price afterwards plus certain drinks for $5 all night... i was there two weeks ago. totally empty before 8... we had the whole bar and food to us for like an hour! lol~