MrG, don't let me distract you from your current plan (it looks excellent), but I have to contribute my own $.02 to this thread.
During my time in Chi-town I never had quite the expense account that some of our other fine member must enjoy. I was always in search of the good cheap eats. I'm a big fan of BBQ and fried chix. Don't get me wrong you will have a much better experience at the places you've already picked out.
If you want to spend 90% less on the check, however, then these would be my recommendations.
- For the later you cannot go wrong with Harold's Chicken Shack
. They're scattered all throughout the South Side. Each location is its own miserable piss hole experience (seriously you order through bulletproof glass), but the food is really really good. Get an order of "Half-White w/Hot Sauce and Extra Bread". You and your wife could split it...in car...after you leave.
- As to the former, there are two places that I'm quite fond of. The first is Lem's. It's on the South Side and is takeout only. The "Tips Meal" is your best value. You may also want to get the sauce on the side. If you can make it out to the burbs you could try Uncle Bub's BBQ
. The website animation alone is worth a click on the link. In addition to the great BBQ, they have very good sides (including fried Mac 'N Cheese) and Green River in the soda fountain.
- If the idea of a taking a piece of steak, pounding it flat, breading it, frying it, and then putting it on a bun with Marinara sauce and hot Giardiniera sounds good, then you need to check out Ricobene's
. Combine one of the king sized sandwiches with some fresh cut fries and a chocolate shake and they'll pay for the ambulance to take you to the hospital of your choice for a coronary procedure.
- For an unreal Corned Beef sandwich go to Manny's
. I'll take them over any of the NYC institutions any day of the week.
Finally, has anybody every been to Arun's
? I've heard incredible things about both.
I hope you have a great time! You'll have to let us know how it turns out.