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SQneo May 3, 2011 07:13 PM

Hi All,

I've done quite a bit of research for the past months for my upcoming visit may 19-23 and need abit of suggestions to go eat. I'll be staying at Dana Hotel so in the magnificiet mile area. Here's my current plans:

Thurs:
I arrive thursday early afternoon

Lunch: Portillo's for a quick italian beef or hot dog
Dinner: GOTG booked for 7PM
Evening: looking for a close place for drinks that has life blues music, any suggestions?

Friday:
Breakfast: XOCO
Lunch: No idea, we'll be in the millenium park area to see those attractions, any good quick places to eat in that area?
Dinner: Sable booked for 7PM

Saturday:
Brunch: CDA or Orange, depending on what time we wake up.
Dinner: Alinea booked for 6PM :D

Sunday:
Breakfast: Fox and obel
Lunch: no idea, we'll be at navy pier, suggestions welcomed
Dinner: Deep dish, Lou's maybe
Evening: John Hancock observatory for some drinks to skip the line up.

Monday:
Breakfast: Bongo Room
Lunch: Purple Pig

I don't like spicy food and would like suggestions for non-formal inexpensive eats to fill the schedule.

Thanks, I'll definitely be taking pictures and reviews of the places I go to after the trip :)

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Alinea
1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Bongo Room
1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Purple Pig
500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

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  1. nsxtasy RE: SQneo May 3, 2011 07:33 PM

    Sounds like a great plan!

    Comments and responses...

    >> Evening: looking for a close place for drinks that has life blues music, any suggestions?

    Buddy Guy's. www.buddyguy.com

    >> Lunch: No idea, we'll be in the millenium park area to see those attractions, any good quick places to eat in that area?

    Terzo Piano is Tony Mantuano's Italian restaurant in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute. You don't have to pay for entry to the museum in order to eat there. www.terzopiano.com

    Park Grill has lighter American fare (burgers, salads, etc) at the entrance to Millennium Park. www.parkgrillchicago.com

    The Gage is a gastropub and Henri is its French bistro sister restaurant next door. www.thegagechicago.com and www.henrichicago.com

    If you want to switch things around (or have deep-dish twice), Pizano's on Madison has deep-dish pizza and you can call ahead with your pizza order to keep things quick. www.pizanoschicago.com

    >> Dinner: Deep dish, Lou's maybe

    The original Uno and Due are both closer to your hotel. So is Pizano's on State. Note that all of these are related; Lou's and Pizano's were both founded by sons of one of the main players in the early decades of Uno and Due, and both sons spent years working with their dad there before striking out on their own.

    HTH

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      danimalarkey RE: SQneo May 4, 2011 08:53 AM

      >>RE Evening: looking for a close place for drinks that has life blues music, any suggestions?
      You might check the schedule for the House of Blues - they have a wide variety of acts and someone to your liking may be playing that night. Drinks/food probably won't blow you away but it's a fun space (especially if you're an architecture nerd).

      >>RE Friday Lunch
      Nxtasy pretty much nailed it. The only other suggestion I'd make is if you wanted to picnic in Millennium Park, Pastoral is nearby and sells delicious sandwiches/charcuterie. I would also recommend grabbing a coffee from Intelligentsia - every cup is brewed to order and they're big into single-origin (and expensive) beans. If you're a coffee buff, consider stopping by.

      >>RE Sunday Lunch
      Navy Pier isn't exactly known for its dining options. I'd pick one of the restaurants that has a nice view (Riva comes to mind). Alternatively, Quartino's is a straight shot down Grand Ave. and is a lively, popular small plates Italian restaurant.

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      Quartino
      626 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60654

      House of Blues
      329 N. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60654

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        SQneo RE: SQneo May 8, 2011 02:28 PM

        Thanks both fo you for the great suggestions.

        We are both coffee lovers and will definitely be adding Intelligentsia as one of our spots to take a break :) A picnic also sounds good depending on the weather in 2 weeks, seems like it may still have a possibility of being cold.

        I took a look at the blues places you guys suggested and both seem to be good choices, it'll be a tough decision!

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