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gazpacho Oct 27, 2007 12:09 PM

will be in Chicago in l late November and am wanting some recommendations for spots for lunch in near-by neighborhoods. We will be staying in downtown but would like to explore some cool neighborhood spots that wouldn't be too far to reach by cab.

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    gazpacho Oct 28, 2007 03:44 PM

    thanks for this great link. Since I'm not familiar with the city I'm not sure where some of these places are. Would Bucktown and/or Wicker Park be good places to walk around and are any of these great spots remotely close to those neighborhoods?

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      leek Oct 30, 2007 06:23 AM

      Yes, Wicker Park and Bucktown are good areas for walking around in. There's a nice big park just off Damen - S. of the Blue line El stop there, and lots of interesting shops and restaurants.

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        gazpacho Nov 4, 2007 06:57 AM

        are there specific lunch places that anyone can recommend in either Wicker Park or Bucktown?

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          ChiTownCat Nov 4, 2007 08:06 AM

          If you're up for pizza (not Chicago-style), Piece on North Ave just east of the El stop, is tasty. They do New Haven-style pies, and have an extensive list of traditional and non-traditional toppings. Our fave is the bacon and basil. YUM. Apps are OK...they also but they brew their own award-winning beer!

          http://www.piecechicago.com/

          There are a few gourmet "grocery" stores in Wicker Park and Bucktown, where you could get a sandwich, salad, etc. Check out Goddess and The Grocer (http://www.goddessandgrocer.com/) and Cooking Fools (http://www.cookingfools.net/).

          Oh, and save some pennies...this 'hood has some unique shops, too!

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            gazpacho Nov 4, 2007 11:54 AM

            these places look great!

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            NDJ Nov 4, 2007 08:18 AM

            Don't miss lunch at Milk & Honey Cafe which is on Division Street just east of Damen Ave in Wicker Park. Awesome little cafe with great lunch and great pastries. Enjoy.

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        Patay Oct 30, 2007 10:02 AM

        Where "downtown" are you staying? I'm assuming somewhere near Mag Mile? If so, it's walking distance to the best hot dogs in town (and just for the experience) - you have to visit Portillo's - 100 W Ontario. Also, try Dublin's Pub - 1050 N State. A lively bar by night, but good for lunch too. In the Loop try Seven on State - 7th floor of Macy's at 111 N State - formerly Marshall Fields (sob) - nice food court with variety of foods. Also on the 7th floor of Macy's is the Walnut Room - fabulous Sunday brunch and beautiful holiday deocrations.

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