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I'll be staying at a hotel right next to O'Hare airport for one night on a Monday and need dinner advice. I have searched the boards, but haven't found much about restaurants in this area. I'd like a moderately priced place that is unique to Chicago (so no chains). Since I won't have a car I'd prefer places that are close or easily accessible by public transportation.

I will also be visiting the downtown area and already plan on going Topolobampo and Café des Architectes so something a little different than these two places would be ideal.

Thanks!

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Topolobampo
445 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610

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  1. Don't worry, there's nothing like Topolobampo or Cafe des Architectes near O'Hare! :)

    You don't mention which hotel you're at, so I'll just start with what's in the immediate vicinity, with a guess that you may be staying in Rosemont at one of the hotels along River Road. These are walking distance from the Rosemont stop on the CTA Blue Line (for transit information, see www.transitchicago.com ). There are several steakhouses in that area, including Gibson's ( www.gibsonssteakhouse.com ), Morton's ( www.mortons.com ), Capital Grille ( www.capitalgrille.com ), and Rosebud ( www.rosebudrestaurants.com ). There's also a location of McCormick and Schmick's for seafood. ( www.mccormickandschmicks.com ).

    Just north of the expressway, and within walking distance, is the Rosemont location of Giordano's, at River Road and Higgins, for delicious double-crust "stuffed" deep-dish pizza. Phone ahead with your pizza order to avoid waiting 30-45 minutes while seated for your pizza to bake. www.giordanos.com

    There's a very conventional (and very ordinary) Mexican restaurant in that area called Maria's, but since you're going to Topolobampo, you probably wouldn't want to go there. www.mariasmexicanrestaurant.com

    A lunch (and dinner) place near O'Hare in the "cheap eats" category is Al's Beef ( www.alsbeef.com ) and Nancy's Pizza ( www.nancyspizza.com ), which share the location on Higgins at Cumberland in Park Ridge, just north of the Cumberland stop on the CTA Blue Line. So in one location, you can get three Chicago specialties: Italian beef sandwiches and Chicago-style hot dog's at Al's, and stuffed deep-dish pizza at Nancy's.

    For food places along the CTA Blue Line from O'Hare, see this discussion, since the same places are open for dinner as for lunch:
    lunch on the blue line? - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/608252

    If you happen to have a car one day, here are a couple more possibilities, but they are not convenient to public transportation. They are Elephant Thai ( www.elephantthaicuisine.com ) for Thai food, and Red Apple ( www.redapplebuffet.com ) where you can stuff yourself on an all-you-can-eat buffet of Polish food for around $10. The 6474 N. Milwaukee location of Red Apple is closer to Rosemont and O'Hare.