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The Chicago thread - local recommendations, trunk shows, goings-on, etc.

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In Chicago next week for a work trip.

Team wants to take me to dinner and gave me following options:

Gilt Bar
Avec
Siena Tavern
La Josie
Pizza Portfino

Anyone have any feelings towards or against any of those?

Was leaning Gilt or La Josie or Siena just from a quick look at menus

Also, any recs for quick lunch bites? Office is near Clark/Lake station
 

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Avec is an important and still relevant restaurant that helped shape the local restaurant scene. I don’t think I’ve been to the others, but at least some of the names (Gilt Bar) I’ve heard mediocre things about.
 

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Avec
You could go for lunch or dinner. Two locations with different menus.
How many in your group makes a difference between the two.
West loop is communal type seating. Might be awkward.
Some menu items are for the table, meant to be shared.
River North location has more conventional seating and is much larger. The rooftop bar is open now.
Has more menu choices. Same format, shared plates and individual dishes.
Eaten at Avec more than any other Chicago restaurant.

Frontera Grill or XOXO are on Clark, few blocks north of Lake.
Frontera is a better choice than La Josie for dinner.
XOXO better for lunch.

Coco Pazzo if you want Italian food close to that area
 
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Avec is definitely worth doing (get the focaccia!) but Gilt Bar is very solid as well. Siena tavern is fine, portofino is also fine.
 

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Avec is definitely worth doing (get the focaccia!) but Gilt Bar is very solid as well. Siena tavern is fine, portofino is also fine.
I second this recommendation. Gilt Bar has a cool speak easy vibe. Solid food, great old fashioneds and manhattans.
 

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Recommend a place/person for a haircut.
lady I went to for many years moved away.
Haven’t found the right person yet.
almost everyone near by that I’ve tried is a barber and cuts with clippers and not scissors.
everyone I’ve used before cuts with scissors
 

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Recommend a place/person for a haircut.
lady I went to for many years moved away.
Haven’t found the right person yet.
almost everyone near by that I’ve tried is a barber and cuts with clippers and not scissors.
everyone I’ve used before cuts with scissors
I used to go to Aaron at Funk’s in the Sloop. I’d say there are probably a few people there that would do well for you.
 

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Had a wonderful weekend in Chicago with my son and wife celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary. We did Kasama, Swadesi, Publican's Bakery, Pequod's, Daywave (coffee), Taqueria Chingon, and Tempesta -- loved all of them.

For my native Chicagoans, you MUST go to Dayglow and try the espresso A and espresso B if you're into espresso like I - truly mindblowing experience.
 

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Recommend a place/person for a haircut.
lady I went to for many years moved away.
Haven’t found the right person yet.
almost everyone near by that I’ve tried is a barber and cuts with clippers and not scissors.
everyone I’ve used before cuts with scissors
AJ at Truefitt & Hill is solid. He does a combination of scissors and clippers with me, but I think he'd be open to all scissor if requested.
 

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AJ at Truefitt & Hill is solid. He does a combination of scissors and clippers with me, but I think he'd be open to all scissor if requested.
My opinion is worth nothing, but this is also the guy I go to, and I second.

Truefitt & Hill is a little bit theme park but gloriously chill. Location also biases me strongly.
 

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My opinion is worth nothing, but this is also the guy I go to, and I second.

Truefitt & Hill is a little bit theme park but gloriously chill. Location also biases me strongly.
And don't forget to "musk up" on your way out.
 

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Recently moved to Uptown/Argyle and there's a couple drycleaners in the area but my untrained eye can't spot which would be worth using. Any suggestions?
 

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Recently moved to Uptown/Argyle and there's a couple drycleaners in the area but my untrained eye can't spot which would be worth using. Any suggestions?
Davis Imperial isn’t too far from there and is the high end choice for the city, but you’ll certainly pay extra for it. They also do pickup/delivery. Sadly I’m not familiar with any of the local options in that area.
 

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Alterations question. I took a pair of linen pants and a linen shirt to Akram Hanna in the 900 N. Michigan Shops complex. Akram couldn't have been friendlier or more competent. However, I was shocked by the price he quoted me: $215! I had sleeves shortened and sides taken in on the shirt, and pants hemmed and the seat taken in. Those are pretty basic alterations that a competent dry cleaner could do for probably $30. I came here expecting to spend quite a bit more than that--but 7x was a real killjoy on otherwise excellent work.

I know folks love Nick at Oak Street Tailors, but it's hard for me to get there during his normal business hours. So, just curious: is that pricing completely out of line with your experience, or do I need to adjust my expectations?
 

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