Three days in Chicago next week
I will be in Chicago for three days next week and staying at the Hilton Garden Inn on Grand. I would love some restaurant ideas of fun places to eat near by. I was thinking of Ethnic, Contemporary American, Pizza and possibly a place with live music. I prefer a more casual vibe, and not too $$$$.
Ethnic - Frontera Grill for contemporary Mexican cuisine (arrive 15 minutes before they open the doors to avoid long waits to be seated), or Heaven on Seven on Rush, for cajun/creole - both only a couple of blocks from the hotel
Contemporary American - Sable, with delicious, affordable "small plates" and craft cocktails (don't miss the sweet corn creme brulee) - only a couple of blocks from the hotel; GT Fish & Oyster, with seafood in a small plates format and craft cocktails, is about 5 blocks west. Both accept reservations including on Opentable.
Pizza - The original Uno and Due are a couple of blocks away, or walk 6-7 blocks to Lou Malnati's on Wells or Pizano's on State
Live music - Andy's Jazz Club
Quick note regarding Purple Pig, recommended above - The reason it's good for late night (or mid-afternoon) dining is because they serve from the same menu all day, but they don't accept reservations. Waits to be seated are lengthy at other times; 120+ minutes are typical well into the evening, and even at lunch they get very busy. The food is very good but the waits are an issue to be aware of.