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    I've got a weekend in Chicago planned next week. Anyone have good suggestions for places to eat? One night is going to be devoted to hopleaf, where I will probably drink myself silly, but the other night is still up in the air. I'm staying in the Mag Mile/Near North area.

    I'm more interested in a good food with a casual vibe sort of place than I am a $100+ tasting menu sort of place.

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    Chicago is an eater's paradise! How adventurous are you? There are several classic joints that can be visited like Lou Malnati's for deep dish pizza, Al's #1 for an Italian beef sandwich. Chicago has amazing Mexican food, first and foremost is probably Rick Bayless's Frontera Grill. Are you into heavy metal? There is a really cool burger joint called Kuma's Corner where the burgers are named for Metal bands. On the south side, there is Lem's BBQ for rib tips (a Chicago specialty) and Izola's for soul food. BTW, the south side isn't as dangerous as it used to be, just use your common sense and go during the day or cab it at night. If you only have one night, though, I would probably recommend Frontera Grill, it's a great restaurant but not pretentious at all.

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    I like Rosebud's.

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    And Gibson's and Portillos

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    I thought of Frontera, but they suggest booking reservations 8-10 weeks out for weekends, and this is a particularly busy one. I doubt I could get a table.

    I've been thinking about The Purple Pig, but again I'm not sure I could get a table. It's all walk-ins, but I don't have the patience to wait in line forever and ever.

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    I like Rosebud's.

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    And Gibson's and Portillos

    -AJ
    Rosebud's or Portillo's might end up being a lunch destination, that depends on where I end up during the day.

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    it never hurts to call and see... i really wanted to go when i was there, so i went to frontera at 5pm and waited for 30 minutes for a table... not too bad

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    I like Rosebud's.

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    On Taylor only,would not was my time at the other ones.

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    Hi

    I live in Chicago and would absolutely endorse Frontera, the hype is valid. some of the other suggestions are also good but places like Gibsons, Rosebuds and Portillos while good food are a dime a dozen in Chicago.

    If you want a great casual dining experince with unbelieveable food the best place at the moment is the Girl and the goat, its owned by Stephanie Izard who won a season of top chef, right next door is the Haymarket brewery which has a fantastic selection of hop style beer, i personally hate hoppy beer but i know lots of people who have eaten at places like Alinea, spiaggio, etc and they all rated girl and goat as their favourite. Now i will state that it is a not a tasting menu type of place you can expect to drop $80 a head for dinner. You will not get a reservation before March, the trick is to show up at 4.00 when they open and sit at the bar, if you do go try the ribs, small portion but i guarantee you will end up sucking them like a lolipop.

    If you want any more info or places to check out please PM me.

    Alan

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    My favorites are:

    * Purple Pig (though I do find it inconsistent but convenient)
    * Publican (or if not Blackbird or Avec)
    * What is that new Achatz place? I haven't been there.
    * Spaiggia cafe (not the restaurant, less formal). Just do lunch or dinner and go to the restaurant bar and shoot grappa.
    * I loved Frontera. +1
    * I also love Alinea. Just call and ask them what is open. I called and got in three weeks ahead of time. It depends upon the day.
    * Catch Patricia Barber at the Green Mill and just drink.

    That is just off the top of my head.

    k.
    "In Japan they don't call it Japanese food, they just call it food." -- Children's Hospital Quote

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