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Need cheap eats (and parking) near Borders, 830 N. Michigan

Mugs Mar 5, 2007 02:58 PM

Bistro 110 is too grand, and Sayat Nova is too far. My dream is to park once and eat quickly and somewhat well.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. nsxtasy RE: Mugs Mar 5, 2007 03:11 PM

    How about the food court on the mezzanine level at Water Tower Place?

    1. chigirl71 RE: Mugs Mar 5, 2007 03:11 PM

      I don't think there is such a thing as cheap parking around Michigan Ave. unless your lucky enough to find street parking which is practically impossible and still pretty expensive. Is Tempo too far?
      6 E. Chestnut St.
      (312) 943-4373

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        LAZ RE: Mugs Mar 5, 2007 05:31 PM

        I can't find it on their Web site, but if you buy something at Water Tower Place, I believe you can get your parking chit validated for discounted parking in their garage. I think that applies to lunch.

        foodlife on the mezzanine offers lots of choices; nsxtasy calls it a "food court" -- but if that implies to you a bunch of fast-food stands, it's much better than that (as well as slower and more expensive). http://www.foodlifechicago.com

        If you want something faster and cheaper, go to Wow Bao. http://www.wowbao.com

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          jlawrence01 RE: LAZ Mar 13, 2007 08:44 PM

          foodlife is really worth a stop and is fairly reasonable for that particular area. While it can easily be as expensive as you want it to be, you can generally eat for $10 which is a good value for the quality of the food.

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          BarbaraM48 RE: Mugs Mar 5, 2007 05:43 PM

          Giodano's is at Rush and superior,I think.Gino's East is Superior East of Michigan.

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            SuzMiCo RE: Mugs Mar 6, 2007 07:52 AM

            You can park at 900 N. Michigan get get the ticket validated (I think it's $11 for 3 hours during the day. In the evening, I think you can get there any time after 5 and leave by 2 AM for about $10.

            In the 900 North mall there is a Potbelly's and a Corner Bakery cart (neither is true chow, but they are both better than the food at the Border's cafe). There is also the Oak Tree, which I enjoy, but there is a whole thread going right now about how other people hate it. I think they have good salads and smoothies.

            1. chitowneats RE: Mugs Mar 11, 2007 12:59 PM

              There is a Johnny Rockets that is not too far from there. My girlfriend and I went there once when the line at Cheesecake Factory was over 90 mintues (I had a GC, else I would not have gone there)

              Johnny Rockets had a LOT of families with kids. Also, there is an TGI Friday's not too far from that area either.

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                Mugs RE: Mugs Mar 13, 2007 08:15 PM

                Thanks for these tips. We found street parking on Grand and ate at Blackie's, then found street parking on Chicago Ave. near Borders.

                About Blackie's: My wife's cheeseburger was reliably good. I went for the "Mediterranean style smelt" and received a heap of tasty little buggers with a side of decent cole slaw. In a comfortable booth in that well-run joint, all was well.

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                  PatChicago RE: Mugs Mar 11, 2008 09:03 PM

                  I would suggest using ParkingAnyTime.com to look up cheap parking in Chicago. ParkingAnyTime provides free parking, and garage location and price information. The site is free.

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