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hungrybob Apr 30, 2011 10:24 PM

I will be in Chicago for 4 days starting May 13th,please give me some ideas of must eat restaurants...thanks

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    hungrybob May 3, 2011 06:39 PM

    Chow Hound is fantastic.I am overtaken by all the good advise from Chicago Chow Hounds.I can hardly wait to visit your fine city.Thank you all and I salute the people at Chow Hound.

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    1. re: hungrybob
      Chihab May 3, 2011 07:18 PM

      Also see below:

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      5pointsrock May 3, 2011 01:06 PM

      I suggest Geno's East for a deep dish pie! Also, visit Wrigleyville if you can! Nothing like a Chicago dog at the stadium.

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        mountsac May 3, 2011 08:04 AM

        My favorites: Alinea, Schwa, Yoshi's Cafe, Avec, Carnivale, Province

        Other famous Chicago places of interest: restaurants of Rick Bayless (specifically Topolobampo, Frontera Grill), restaurants of Tony Mantuano (I like Cafe Spiaggia, Spiaggia, and Terzo Piano; no so much Purple Pig), Uno/due for deep dish, Hot Doug's for interesting hog dog concoctions, gastropupbs (such as Longman and Eagle, Publican)

        1. chicgail May 3, 2011 07:15 AM

          Here are my faves:
          The Publican
          The Bristol
          Cafe Spiaggia
          Mercat a la Planxa

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            emr378 May 2, 2011 07:40 PM

            Check out Kinzie Chophouse! It is one of my favorite neighborhood places! The food is great and the service is unparalled!

            Kinzie Chophouse
            400 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60610

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              ParisKat May 2, 2011 04:46 PM

              Here are some of my favorites:
              The Publican
              Frontera Grill
              Table 52
              Chop House

              Hope that helps.

              Avec Restaurant
              615 W Randolph St Ste A, Chicago, IL 60661

              Frontera Grill
              445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

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                hungrybob May 2, 2011 05:29 PM


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                  nsxtasy May 2, 2011 05:37 PM

                  LOL - That looks like a list of the LOUDEST restaurants in the city! :)

                  1. re: nsxtasy
                    Chihab May 2, 2011 07:23 PM

                    also look at
                    Girl and Goat
                    Purple Pig
                    North Pond
                    Graham Elliott
                    Big Star

                2. nsxtasy May 1, 2011 12:56 AM

                  Here are links to two discussions that will give you an overview of what Chicago has to offer, with specific recommendations of "must eat restaurants". This discussion tells what foods and places are unique or specialties in Chicago, foods that Chicago is particularly good at:

                  first time Chicago - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/693477

                  This discussion has an overview listing some of our best in various food categories, as well as advice for getting the best value for your dining dollar:

                  Where are the best Chicago dinner *values* - the hidden gems? - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/697829

                  After looking at them, you'll probably have more questions about the places mentioned there, so feel free to ask and we'll try to help! Also if you tell us where you'll be staying and/or spending time, we can tell you what's close by and what isn't; like L.A., Chicago is a large city, and even our downtown area extends for as much as three miles from one end to the other. And note that you're only two weeks out and some places are filling up by now, so you'll want to make reservations as soon as possible.

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                  1. re: nsxtasy
                    nsxtasy May 2, 2011 05:35 PM

                    If I had to name "must eat" restaurants, they would include:

                    Haute Cuisine - Alinea
                    Contemporary American - Sable, North Pond, Michael, Inovasi
                    Creative Mexican - Mexique, Mundial Cocina Mestiza, Mixteco Grill
                    Deep-dish pizza - Lou Malnati's, Pizano's, Uno/Due
                    Italian - Cibo Matto, The Florentine
                    French bistros - La Sardine, Kiki's Bistro
                    Tapas - Mercat a la Planxa
                    Breakfast - Walker Brothers, Bongo Room, M. Henry, Jam

                    1. re: nsxtasy
                      nsxtasy May 3, 2011 09:08 AM

                      If you asked me where I've had the best dinners in the Chicago area in the past five years, I'd answer: Alinea, Michael, Inovasi, and maybe Deleece (which I should have included in the contemporary American list above).

                      By way of comparison, I haven't eaten a lot of places in Los Angeles, but one place I've eaten during that period that I loved as much as those best dinners was Animal.

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