cass hotel, inexpensive, (312) 787-4030. the cass doesn't offer
a lot of flash, but it doesn't require a lot of cash, either. what
you do get for the price is a clean, comfortable room and a nifty
locale - it's within walking distance of the magnificent mile and
other downtown attractions.
hotel monaco chicago, moderate, (312) 960-8500. we're always
looking for hotels that treat their four-legged guests as well as
they treat two-legged ones, and this faux-french kimpton outpost
does just that. not only do they provide pet beds and bowls and
complimentary treats at check-in, but if you couldn't bring your
furry friend along this trip, they'll provide you with a free
goldfish to keep you company during your stay.
a milano italian grill, inexpensive to moderate, (847)
716-6500. owner michael kornick once referred to his revamped
italian place on happ road as a "meatball restaurant," but the
loyals crowding in to partake of the nine-and-a-half-foot-long
antipasto table and delicious flavored grappatinis prove it's much,
much more than that.
half shell inc., moderate, (773) 549-1773. hidden beneath a
narrow staircase in a nondescript building off diversey parkway is
a seafood mecca that locals have managed to keep pretty much to
themselves for some three decades. we don't know how, though, when
the catch - particularly the succulent king crab legs - is this
luxbar, inexpensive, (312) 932-0809. the trio behind gibsons
bar and steakhouse, which cusack calls "the old standby," is
opening a new spot later this summer. the cuisine will feature
comfort food, with classics like fried chicken making up the menu.
the vibe, despite what the name might imply, will be casual and
homey, as well.
adler planetarium & astronomy museum,