You might try Marilyn's Restaurant on Dempster, just west of Austin. They've got great food, from breakfast through dinner (not late night). Just east (and a bit north) about a mile is the Bonefish Grill in Skokie (9310 Skokie Blvd.), which is about a quarter of a mile south of the Old Orchard mall. Excellent seafood, cocktails, etc. in an elegant setting. For Thai, there is also Ruby of Siam in Skokie, about two blocks north of Bonefish, or Lai Thai at 7168 Dempster in Morton Grove.