RE: Japanese in Chicago......
We used to love a place called Matsuya, on Clark Street about a block south of Wrigley Field. The portions were huge and the price was very low. For around $8.95, you got Miso soup, vegetable and shrimp tempura, beef or chicken teriyaki and a dish of vanilla ice cream. I haven't been there in a few years. Has anyone else been there recently? I'll take a trip back some time and report whether the food and prices remain so good.