After great recommendations here is where we ate in Chicago. The special occasion? You're Mom only celebrates her 70th Birthday once! Our first stop was El Che. Because meat, a wall of fire, and a pretty amazing bathroom. From the site: "El Che Bar exudes the contemporary rhythms of Buenos Aires through a local lens, evoking inviting vibes with sultry and subtle nods to South American culture. [...] The expansive hearth serves up classic wood-fired Al Asador. Locally sourced vegetables, grilled meats, and seafood are cooked on custom-built grills and chapas." We met the Chef John Manion, he was generous with champagne, a great bar recommendation, and a cute pic with Mom.
The Pelican was another favorite place! Because meat. Again.