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Old Apr 5th, 2012, 04:19 AM
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I've stayed at many Chicago hotels for business but the one I really loved and think about since is the Knickerbocker. Just a classic Chicago experience.

Having said that, I've loved every Kimpton hotel I've stayed in. Love the vibe, the service and the rooms.
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Old Apr 5th, 2012, 04:23 AM
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Thanks for all your suggestions! A "special" meal for me is not necessarily romantic or in a nice spot, but one that offers excellent wine and food. From what I've read, BlackBird should fit the bill. Our favorite restaurants in Montreal are La Salle à Manger and La queue de cochon, and it kind of seems like the same vibe, although less rustic decor-wise!

Since we are used to French cuisine, I really want to try the cuisine of top Chicago chefs, without the dress code and etiquette...

The Girl and the Goat looks great! I'll try to add it to the list!

Merci beaucoup!
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Old Apr 5th, 2012, 07:47 PM
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Not to be OT here because you mentioned it is not on your itinerary but Alinea was just named the Best Restaurant in the World by Elite Traveler Magazine.

Again, Jojonana, I was only making recommendations at the level you were indicating. These are NOT my suggestions of the top Chicago chefs.

You won't be able to get around those pesky dress codes at almost all of the restaurants where they practice their art. Also, you'll find that many of the very best places will require a full evening of dining (3-4 hours), not to mention a big draw on the pocketbook.
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Old Apr 6th, 2012, 04:35 AM
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We have only dined at Blackbird once, and it was for lunch. My husband still raves about the suckling pig he had there. It was a gourmet portion, but very very well done. I would go back, unless recent reviews stated it has changed.

Good food, but noisy, for tapas another day.. "The Flying Pig" on Michigan Ave..
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Old Apr 6th, 2012, 04:52 AM
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Didy you mean The Purple Pig?

http://thepurplepigchicago.com/
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Old Apr 6th, 2012, 05:20 AM
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I'll do a plug for what has become my favorite hotel in Chicago -- great location, personable staff, wonderful breakfasts, great rooms and super bathrooms (love the walk in rainshowers and the i-pod dock with nice sound system), and modern and trendy -- but not quite as much as the website makes it look. (I always want to thank them for allowing an old man like me stay there!)

The Dana

http://www.danahotelandspa.com/
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Old Apr 6th, 2012, 05:39 AM
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ha ha ha Marija.. yes! Senior moment slip. We have "flying pigs" in Cincinnati where my mom lives!!
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Old Apr 6th, 2012, 06:39 AM
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Purple Pig is definitely on the list for a post-blues-fest-show snack!
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Old Apr 6th, 2012, 08:06 AM
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For dessert I had a lemon pannecota that was to-die-for.
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