First time visit, what's great (and quiet)?
Visiting the Chicago area for the first time this weekend. Staying in Evanston, but with a car. Recommendations for really great food? Price isn't a critical issue, but restaurants where you don't have to scream would be great. Also, I adore doughnuts and can't get them locally. Thank you!
In downtown Evanston: Dixie Kitchen. I do prefer Gonzo70's recs though
For donuts in Evanston: Bennison's Bakery(try their breads and other pastries if you don't like their donut selection). If you are headed downtown Chicago, besides the ones listed previously, you can also try Firecakes.
Chicago is such a massive city and has a vast amount of amazing restaurants, so it is a bit difficult to answer your question without more information about your preferences. I will throw out some ideas of venues that are not loud, have great food and likely have availability:
Fine Dining: Moto (modern/molecular gastronomy), Sixteen (Fine dining).
Upscale: The Lobby at the Peninsula, Acadia, Senza, Boka
Modern Asian Fusion: Embeya, Yusho, Kabocha
Italian: Piccolo Sogno Due
Chinese: Sun Wah BBQ
Ethiopian: Ras Dashen
Deep Dish Pizza: Lou Malnatis, Pizanos, Pizzeria Uno & Due
Brunch: Jam, Bongo Room, M Henry,
Doughnuts: Glazed & Infused, Endgrain, Do-Rite
Gelato: Black Dog
Pies: Hoosier Mama
Cocktail Lounge: Berkshire Room
FYI: All of these are in the city of Chicago; others hopefully can provide some nice venues in Evanston.