On the sushi note:
I like Kabuki in lincoln park- I was there earlier tonight and it was surprisingly good (I say surprisingly because we were originally planning on going somewhere else and that fell through, so we ended up at Kabuki as a back up). I was at Sushi Para II the other day as well, and that was ok. All you can eat for $17, with a fee for leftovers. Not bad quality, but we were a little greedy and by the end, I really hated sushi (I was stuffed and there were a few more pieces left). The other great thing about both of these places is that they're on N. Clark, and really close to Molly's Cupcakes, which are amaaaazing.