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4 day visit to Chicago: trip report

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Just returned from a wonderful 4 days in Chicago. With two exceptions (Irish bar to watch college football-- go Canes!; break from shopping at Fred's inside Barneys), I focused on noisy and delicious places where you can share dishes. Result?

Purple Pig: loved the pigs ear w fried egg salad and the milk braised pork shoulder.

Frontera Grill: haven't been there in 6 years. Still order the taquitos, trio of ceviches and the mezcal margaritas.

The Publican: noisy, fun atmosphere. Beer list is a bit better than the food.

La Madia: tagliatelle with heirloom tomatoes was our favorite. Delicate and fresh.

Mercat a la planxa: ordered the chef's choice tapas menu for lunch outside on the sidewalk. Wine was better than the sangria. Loved the Serrano ham and fig salad as well as the arroz a la cazuela.

Would go again to all of them in this order: Purple Pig, Frontera Grill, Mercat, Publican, La Madia. Would also go back happily to Fred's.

Thanks for all the chow hound recommendations prior to the trip!

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Frontera Grill
445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

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