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Where would you dine in Chicago?


This fall, my husband, his parents and I are going on a little family adventure to Ireland.

It’ll be a first for Rob and his dad. However, you will hear more about the beautiful Emerald Isle later this fall upon our return. Instead, today I’m going to ask you a little bit about Chicago.

Why? Well, our package to Ireland includes a flight from Chicago to Dublin. And since Rob has never been to Chicago, I thought it might be cool to get there a day or two early so he can check it out.

Chicago Skyline – Source

We’ll be there for a couple of days right around my birthday. And since we have a little birthday dining tradition, I’m looking for suggestions on where I should choose to dine out! I’m looking for a place with high quality, flavorful food {duh! Season It Already! } and ambiance. I want it to be nice for our dinner out, but not stuffy.

I know I’ve heard of restaurants in Chicago that have intrigued me over the past few years, but I’ve never kept track of them. I plan to do a little research online with my trusty friends Trip Advisor {some of our favorite places on our honeymoon to Italy were recommended there} and The Google. Oh! And I’ll check out The Food Network’s archives on The Best Thing I Ever Ate! But I’d love to hear first hand from my readers.

We’ll also need a place to stay. Do you have any hotel recommendations? We aren’t into spending a ton of money just for a place to sleep, but we’d like to be in a safe neighborhood with easy access to public transportation since we won’t have a car. We like small boutique hotels; but again, would also like it to be inexpensive, so we’re okay with a chain, if need be, too.

I’m compiling a list of things we’ll want to do in the less-than-two-full-days we’ll have. And while I know we won’t be able to do them all, they will give us some options from which to choose. Here’s a start:

So my questions for you today are actually requests for recommendations. Whether you’ve been to Chicago, you’ve heard of something incredible to do there, or have to-do items on your Chicago wish list, please give your input! It’s been a while since I’ve been there…

What restaurants would you recommend for a nice dinner out in Chicago?

What other eateries would you recommend for lunch?

Where would you recommend staying mid-week?

What are your not-too-miss attractions or favorite things to do?

Thank you!