Helped immensely - thank you! Going to Sable Tuesday night, and still working out the other details. Wish I could go to the Purple Pig, but it doesn't seen very vegetarian-friendly, so I'll avoid the fight with my girlfriend over it.
Thank you to all for their great suggestions, especially nsxtasy - thank you for taking the time to type all of that up!!
Does anyone have any spots similar to Noth Pond (romantic, etc.) by without QUITE the same $$; I'm thinking $100-$125 all-in (w/o wine).
My girlfriend and I are going to be heading to Chicago next weekend for a five day, four night trip (our first trip together too!). I'm a pretty big food guy, and have tried to eat out as much as possible in NYC (where I used to live) and Boston (where I live now), and am trying to do the same while in Chicago. My girlfriend, on the other hand, doesn't love fine dining like I do, so we agreed that we would do one very fancy place, and keep the rest casual. I got us tickets for Alinea on Sunday night. Here is our planned itinerary. Feel free to comment on the food or activity choices below!
Arrive at noon; Park Hyatt Chicago
Obviously I have a lot of "gaps" for meals, and that's where I could use help. Looking for casual, but nice places for both lunch and dinner. My girlfriend is a vegetarian, but I would consider myself more of a carnivore than anything else, which makes our relationship a little tough when it comes to food.
Also thinking about doing a nicer (but not Alinea nice) restaurant on Tuesday night; any ideas of a upscale, romantic place?
Thanks so much for any advice!!