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Aug 11, 2010 07:26 AM

48 hours in Chicago

We are on a culinary road trip - next stop Chicago. I am really excited about this city, and have heard great things about it. We have a reservation at Topolobampo for tonight, but then we are open to suggestions! Good bars, music, and snacks are all of interest!
Thank you in advance for any tips.


445 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610

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  1. Chicago has 18,000 restaurants and you are not giving us enough information to narrow them down to a recommendation specific to your interests.

    This discussion tells what foods and places are unique or specialties in Chicago:

    first time Chicago -

    You'll notice that Topolobampo is one of them.

    This discussion has an overview listing some of our best in various food categories:

    Where are the best Chicago dinner *values* - the hidden gems? -

    Other ways to narrow things down, in addition to types of food, are location, if there is a particular neighborhood where you will be staying or spending time, and need recommendations that are close by.

    If you can be more specific with your questions, we'll be happy to provide appropriate recommendations.

    2 Replies
    1. re: nsxtasy

      Thank you for your reply, I agree, my description was vague, but was hoping for not being too restrictive with my demands, but I do understand... Chicago is a large place.
      We have been to Topolobampo this evening, and we thought it was nice, but not as amazing as some of the reviews we have read. I will look at the other suggestions that you have linked me to for our next dinner. We will be looking for something a little more casual, buzzy, and youthful!
      Thanks again.

      445 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610

      1. re: fatfoodtaxi

        Casual, buzzy and youthful - try Cafe Iberico (tapas), Quartino (Italian small plates), Sunda (pan-Asian), Publican (pork/charcuterie), the Purple Pig (ditto), or Carnivale (Latin fusion). All except the Purple Pig accept reservations at as well as over the phone.