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Old 05-31-2018, 06:30 AM
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Never been. Is it really all that? #15 in the world or something.

Youngest daughter graduating HS and this is what she wanted for grad present.... so flying to Chicago and eating there

Anyone been?
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Old 05-31-2018, 06:33 AM
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what do mean by #15 in the world? I can't understand your post.
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Old 05-31-2018, 06:42 AM
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Alinea is ranked #15 restaurant in the world.
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Then take her to Uno's .
She'll enjoy the pizza & atmosphere.95th club restaurant & bar in the John Hancock bldg.Shopping @ water tower place.
Take her to the Lincoln park zoo ( free),and the Art museum & museum of science & history are awesome.
Hve a drink @ bill goats bar under lower Wacker @ Michigan ave.
Chinatown has awesome Chinese.Go to Taylor street Roses (outfit eats there).
Thtas a start.
All the best!
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Never been. Is it really all that? #15 in the world or something.

Youngest daughter graduating HS and this is what she wanted for grad present.... so flying to Chicago and eating there

Anyone been?
I believe that they just re-opened a few weeks ago after a fairly major renovation with the intent of pretty definitively rebooting the restaurant, so I'm not sure how much you can take from previous visits. They also just announced a new executive chef.

That being said - it depends on whether or not she would appreciate the food. At 19 I wouldn't have appreciated it even a little bit. If she was, and the $$ doesn't bug you, go for it!
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She is a foodie. This has been her graduation present request for over a year.
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Old 05-31-2018, 09:23 AM
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If you have the money, do it.
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I just can't imagine getting excited to fly somewhere to drop $450 on a 3 hour experience to eat some food, no matter how good it is.....

....and I bet she can't imagine being excited to fly somewhere and drop $450 to go catch some stupid Tuna, no matter how hard they fight.
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She is a foodie. This has been her graduation present request for over a year.
Then do it.

I envy her for having developed her foodie instincts early in life

This list gives me such wanderlust today... https://www.eater.com/worlds-50-best...staurants-2017
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plane tickets bought. Have had reservations for 6 months (the max out they will book). Online you could literally see spots getting filled and we were pushed to an early seating

You have to pay up front plus tip
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I own a commercial building a block away from Alinea... I've only had apps and drinks at the bar (probably a year ago), although expensive it was great. If you're in the city for a few days, I'd also check out Split Rail. I am a little biased as they are one of our clients, but Zoe is an amazing chef and was a James Beard finalist this year...

https://www.splitrailchicago.com/about/
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So which menu will you guys be eating from?
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Apologies... I mixed Alinea up with Acadia, a 2 Michelin starred restaurant in the S Loop... Have not dined at Alinea...
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Congrats to the graduate! The memory will be worth it.

On the bright side, at least her request wasn't Noma in Copenhagen or French Laundry in Napa.

And once you've recovered from the sticker shock of Alinea, I would also recommend Fat Rice, Longman and Eagle, Girl and the Goat, Purple Pig, and Rick Bayless' Topalobampo, Fronterra Grill, or Xoco. All foodie destinations but a bit more affordable.
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We went to Alinea at the beginning of April for a friend's 40th birthday. We did the kitchen table package and the experience great. The wine pairing was an additional $280 per person for a total cost of $665 per person plus tax and tip. Everything had a similar flavor and nothing was memorably good. Even our foodie friends weren't really that amazed by the food. I think this is a place you go for the experience and not really to eat. (Full disclosure, I'm more of a steak and potato guy so Alinea really isn't my thing) We did however go to one of their other restaurants for brunch called Roister and it was really great. We also went to the Aviary and had the deconstructed cocktails which was a neat experience. My favorite place we went on our trip to Chicago was Shaw's Crab House which was excellent and I highly recommend checking it out.
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Originally Posted by stimpson.j.cat View Post
Congrats to the graduate! The memory will be worth it.

On the bright side, at least her request wasn't Noma in Copenhagen or French Laundry in Napa.

And once you've recovered from the sticker shock of Alinea, I would also recommend Fat Rice, Longman and Eagle, Girl and the Goat, Purple Pig, and Rick Bayless' Topalobampo, Fronterra Grill, or Xoco. All foodie destinations but a bit more affordable.
Noma is in Mexico right now

Take a look at Faviken, maybe that could be here present for finishing her first year
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Noma is in Mexico right now

Take a look at Faviken, maybe that could be here present for finishing her first year
Come again? I knew they were doing a pop-up in Mexico but was under the impression the new iteration of Noma opened in February 2018.
https://www.foodandwine.com/news/new...u-need-to-know

I went to the old Noma in 2016 when it was near the water. And yes, I did check out Christiana also :-)
https://www.visitcopenhagen.com/cope...ve-christiania
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Come again? I knew they were doing a pop-up in Mexico but was under the impression the new iteration of Noma opened in February 2018.
https://www.foodandwine.com/news/new...u-need-to-know

I went to the old Noma in 2016 when it was near the water. And yes, I did check out Christiana also :-)
https://www.visitcopenhagen.com/cope...ve-christiania
You are correct, my bad!

The popup just closed a couple days ago, I didn't realized they had overlapped.

I haven't been to Christiana in a really, really long time. Everything turned out fine, but a quick visit there led to all sorts of stupid follow on choices
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All good!

I did not get into any trouble at Christiana but I did stay at a hostel in the red light district...

Interesting. Those Danish ladies know how to party.
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Originally Posted by rocksandblues View Post
She is a foodie. This has been her graduation present request for over a year.
then do it and don't look back.

Who cares what we think? It's what she wants. If you can swing it, do it.

If it made the top 20 in the world, and she's into food, it'll be good.
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