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

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

    1. 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

      1. 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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        1. re: LAZ

          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.

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

          1. 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. 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.

              1. 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.

                1. 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.