Originally Posted by ElDave
Hi gents, I just landed a job in Chicago and need a restaurant recommendation. Looking for a steakhouse no more than say $100/person. Any part of the city is fair game. Thanks!
Gibson's on Rush and Morton's on State are two of the original Chicago institutions. They boarder an area known, affectionately as the "viagra triangle". It's a nice area to hang out after and get a drink. You'll get a sense as to the given name if you hang out for a few hours there and take in the scene.
Move further south (along State Street, give or take a block or two, east or west) to an area called River North and you have some of the local versions of the non-Chicago "chains" - Smith and Wo's, Mastro's, David Burke's Primehouse - all respectable in their own right. The River North area has a lot of nightlife too. Slightly different scene from the "triangle" but conceptually the same. (Perhaps a slightly less "mature" crowd.)
Capital Grille is east of Michigan Ave in between the Viagra triangle and River North. Wildfire is a handful of blocks west. Wildfire is a local chain, a little less expensive than the others mentioned, but a pretty consistent bang for your buck, IMHO.
These choices should be a good starting point.