Visiting Chicago, Need Suggestions for Casual Eateries
Hi Fellow Chowhounds,
I am a chowhound from Philadelphia and will be spending a weekend in Chicago in a couple of weeks. As I will mostly be by myself (during the daytime), I'd love a few suggestions on where I can have a casual lunch (around $20 - $30 max) where I can sit and read a book and people watch, preferably in the shopping district, on Friday and Saturday. Any suggestions would be appreciated! I have never been to Chicago and am looking forward to the trip and discovering new places to eat!
A good place for lunch that offer's ample people watching opportunities is L'Appettito in base of the Hancock building. It's an Italian market/deli with good sandwiches, salads, pastries, and gelatos. Tons of people move through that courtyard, so you can definitely see people go by...
For lunch... A few blocks from shopping, but in the heart of the Gold Coast and perfect for people watching:
- LuxBar - great burgers and try the chicken soup
- Gibsons - also good burgers
- Tavern on Rush - lots of good food.
- Cactus - much more casual, but good thin crust pizza
- Carmines - good Italian
These (and more) can be found at the corner of Rush & State & Bellevue - about 3 blocks north on Michigan Ave and 1 block west. In addition, all have outside seating. My personal preference is LuxBar who also has a nice fried shrimp basket :~}