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After getting such good advice from Fodorites I thought I would report back from my birthday trip to Chicago asap before life took me in another direction again. In fact I'm at my layover in Toronto airport.

First off...it was a very excellent trip and I just love the city! My impression is that it is world class in so many ways...from the architecture, design, restaurant and museum experiences. I'm only sorry I waited so long to get there.

If you read the other pretrip posts, you will see what my itinerary plans were and I was very happy with them overall.
I will start with my reviews of a few of the restaurants we visited:

The first evening we went to Perennial Virant. It is a very hip busy, active venue with excellent attentive service. We ate on the patio which was great because around the bar the after work crowd was a bit noisy. I enjoyed the energy of the place though and the food was creative and excellently prepared. I would definitely go back here with friends.

Friday evening was the only real disappointment. We ate at the very pricey and very pretentious Henri. Yes, it has a very special ambiance and decor, which I loved. The patio right on Michigan was great to people watch while still elegant with it's white table cloths. So imagine my disappointment when the following ensued. Our waiter was not only distant but completely rude and maybe the worst I have ever had serve me at a fine restaurant. I just ask that the servers are polite and helpful. This young man decided that he would speak in such an affected tone that we could barely hear or understand him even after reminding him about the traffic noise. Then when we asked if vegetables were included he implied we were at fault for not noting in small print that any vegetables or potatoes were another $8 each....the Dover sole for instance was already $50! I had the duck which was presented in three ways on my plate and though it was just ok...not worth the money considering the extra $16 to complete the meal so came to over $50 as well. The whole meal from start to finish was a huge disappointment though it seemed to have such promise. The price would not have bothered us so much if our wait staff had been even a little more into communicating with us in a pleasant manner

More later, my plane is leaving.

Lunch at the Signature Room at the 95th floor of the John Handcock Building was on Saturday so very busy with tourists. There seemed to be mixed reviews of this experience...that it was more about the view than the food, but I have to say that we ordered off the menu and were pleasantly surprised. It was delicious. The view was amazing ( we did have to request a seat change for a better view) and the service was impeccable. I was very happy.

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