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Have one night for a memorable dinner at a second tier rest (not Alinea, et al) with good food, pleasant atmosphere.

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We can spend up to $100-150 per person for the right place. We're staying at the Hilton downtown. We'd appreciate recommendations.

Also, looking for a less expensive place to have dinner with my friend and his daughter where we can linger and talk and drink lots of good wine. maybe tapas?

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Alinea
1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

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  1. Similar answer that I gave to someone else on this board with a similar request in the last couple of days. for the "memorable dinner" I would try one of these:
    Naha
    MK
    Sepia
    Spiaggia Cafe.

    In my mind the best tapas restaurant in town is just a couple blocks away from the HIlton at the Blackstone Hotel: Mercat a La Planxa. Depending on how you order, it may not be much less expensive, but the food is excellent and the wine and drinks very enjoyable. For a less expensive and more casual tapas experience, there is Cafe Iberico. It's probably not walking distance, but not a bad cab ride. I've had really good dinners there and some very forgettable ones, but it does have its fans.

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    Iberico Cafe & Bar
    737 N La Salle Dr, Chicago, IL 60654

    Cafe Iberico
    N Lasalle St Chicago IL, N Lasalle St Chicago, IL

    Spiaggia
    980 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

    Naha
    500 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610