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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.

Eliza

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Topolobampo
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 - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/693477

    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? - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/697829

    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.

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      Topolobampo
      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 Opentable.com as well as over the phone.