good restaurant recommendations in Chicago

Old Jun 8th, 2007, 08:46 PM
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good restaurant recommendations in Chicago

my husband and i will be in chicago in august. any suggestions for nice restaurants. any price range is fine. something that we wouldn't normally get in southern cal.
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Old Jun 9th, 2007, 06:40 AM
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nanabee, go to the other Chicago thread on here. This question comes up so much that you will get better answers that way. There are several up right now. Or do a search like this:
Chicago pizza
Chicago sushi
Chicago steak
on the search feature- if all else fails.

Ditka's on Chestnut. Not Californian.
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Old Jun 9th, 2007, 06:45 AM
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Thanks JJ5 for the response. I am fairly new and not sure what the Chicago thread is. Can you advise?
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Old Jun 9th, 2007, 06:47 AM
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JJ5- Just figured it out!! Thanks so much! Am checking it out right now. I am learning so much from this site.
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We liked Vong at lunch and dinner, and especially at lunch when the price can't be beat and they serve amazing little desserts.
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Old Jun 9th, 2007, 06:06 PM
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thanks happytrails! will check it out.
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Another place we happened upon that we enjoyed was Bice at 158 East Ontario St.
It's off the radar, but it's a small, bustling, and convivial place where we entertained friends and we all had a most pleasant time. I found this doing a Google search:

White-tablecloth dining in the Gold Coast? Thatís no surprise. A smaller, simpler alternative to tourist traps like Carmineís or Maggianoís? Time to sit up and take notice.

A sleek Italian bistro, Bice retains the small, intimate feel of a classy local restaurant, even though it's located steps from the bustling Magnificent Mile. In fact, if youíre not a local in the know, chances are you stumbled upon Bice or had a friend recommend it. With excellent sidewalk seating, outdoor dining is the way to go in the warmer months. If the weather wonít cooperate, the romantic interior is colorful without being clown-like; it's as bright and sophisticated as the menu. The cozy front tables share space with a small bar and overlook the sidewalk through French doors. The more expansive back room accommodates bigger weekend crowds.

The original restaurant is in Milan, and the food tastes as if it were imported from that kitchen. The pasta doesnít fall off your plate, but you're satiated completely with the sophisticated sauces and preparation. The salads arenít heaping piles of dressing-drenched roughage, but they're pleasing all the same. Itís pricey but tasty, and the service is almost always polished and knowledgeable. Bice Grill is an adjacent spot that serves up more casual, lunch-like fare.

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thanks everyone - i am going to the various restaurant web pages to check these suggestions out.
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Oh my goodness! There are so many delicious places to eat in Chicago, the choices are endless!
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So true.

We found it was easier to find a good meal in Chicago than just about any place else we've visited in the U.S. or Europe.

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