Look, real Chicagoan's know it gets bad a few times a year... this happens to be one of those times. When the private schools shutdown, it's officially terrible out. That said, Downtown dogs provides the grease for the Pippens bar near water tower place (maybe 4 or 5 blocks from where you are). Stop into Pippens for a pint and order all the dogs & burgers you want. Mr. J's at 822 N. State is pretty good, and just down the street from there is Johnny's Grill, but I don't think Ive tried that one. If the weather is super bad when you actually decide to strike out, I wouldn't feel bad about giving the places a call and make sure they got to work.