The only 3 Michelin star restaurant in Chicago - Alinea
(about $200 a person w/o wine but fairly fun experience)
While the wife and I have been known to indulge, that is most certainly well outside of what our friends from PA are willing to part with. However, I'm filing that one away from future visits.
I can't believe I forgot about Rick Bayless. I've always wanted to visit one of his restaurants, so Frontera Grill might be a perfect chance for everyone to have a decent meal while I get to sample the cuisine of a personal favorite.
However some of the best food (and whiskey) I've had in Chicago was at Longman and Eagle
. It's out in Logan square and can have quite a wait - but oh my god.... it is worth it.
Unfortunately (well, that sounds harsh, as our visit isn't unfortunate), the primary point of our visit is to see our friends from Switzerland as they only rarely make it to the states and we make it to Switzerland with even less frequency, so the main focus of our trip is to spend time with them, regardless of where we go or what we do. I want
to take advantage of our trip by seeing all I can, but ultimately it'll be a success even if we find a hole-in-the-wall bar to drink and play cards.
Still, I greatly appreciate all the suggestions and have a decent list of options for when dinner rolls around and those unwilling to have a plan stand around looking at each other blankly. When no one can make a decision, I can save the say once again by doing a little pre-trip legwork. Otherwise it'll turn into, "what do you want, what do you
want, I don't know, what about you." I'll tear someone's arms off if I'm hungry and cranky enough.
If you're going to go to one of the observatories - skip Willis (used to be sears) and go to Hancock. It's far more interesting and has a better view.
Good to know. Will plan accordingly.