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A Chicago first timer

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Hey guys.
First chow posting in a while, so be gentle. I'm coming to Chicago for the first time in mid-November. We'll be around for a weekend, and I'm hoping to work as much good chow into our time there as possible. We've budgeted for one big blowout (probably Alinea, if we can get a reservation), but other than that, we're pretty open-minded, both price and style-wise. What are your suggestions for a Chicago first-timer? (I've been led to believe there are some pretty outstanding soulfood and mexican options in town, which there aren't tonnes of here in Toronto, where I'm from).
Cheers,
tuqueboy

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1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

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  1. >> (probably Alinea, if we can get a reservation)

    If you don't already have a reservation, you will almost certainly not be able to get one. The reservation book for November opened on September 1, and it usually fills up and a lengthy waiting list starts within a few weeks. Feel free to call them if you like, but don't expect them to have anything for you.

    As for the rest of your query, this discussion tells what foods and places are unique or specialties in Chicago, foods that Chicago is particularly good at:

    first time Chicago - www.chow.com/topics/693477

    I suggest reading through that discussion, then coming back with specific questions.