For your final dinner in town, you might want to splurge at Alinea, (1723 North Halsted, 312-867-0110), where chef Grant Achatz’s cuisine has been called “maximal minimalism,” and where the 24-plus-course tasting menu will set you back $175. We also love the more casual and much more affordable Osteria Via Stato (620 North State Street, 312-642-8450), where you can choose from a lineup of daily specials and antipasto (lunch is a bargain at $15) crafted under Tru executive chef Rick Tramanto’s direction.

How long has it been since you’ve had a Harvey Wallbanger? Probably too long. We like the Motel Bar’s (600 West Chicago Avenue, 312-822-2900) retro-heavy coolness, where you can order up Harvey or his pal, a really well-crafted martini. Still hungry? Snack ’til one a.m. on comfort foods like grilled cheese and tomato soup.


As we’ve already told you, all work and no play makes for a weary road warrior. So, as part of our continuing series on how to make the most of your next business trip, here are some suggestions on what to do and see in three of our favorite cities.

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