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SouthernTransplant Aug 8, 2009 06:32 PM

I'm arriving at Union Station on a Tuesday around 1 pm before heading to catch a flight at O'Hare. Looking for a good, not too heavy, spot for lunch close to the train station (I'll be lugging luggage). Any native suggestions would be a boon for this LA traveler. Thanks!

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    ms. chow RE: SouthernTransplant Aug 8, 2009 09:31 PM

    Lou Mitchell's, a block away, is traditional diner fare, and a local institution. There are other options around (e.g. Greektown), but lugging luggage is a pain. Plus side with Lou Malnati's is it is also a block away from the Blue line stop, which i assume you're taking to get to O'Hare.

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    Lou Mitchell's Restaurant
    565 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60661

    1. delk RE: SouthernTransplant Aug 9, 2009 05:58 AM

      There is a Boston Blackies a block away for a decent burger. Nice outdoor seating for people watching.

      http://www.bostonblackies.com/home.html
      (financial district is the location)

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        gomexico RE: SouthernTransplant Aug 10, 2009 06:41 AM

        A short walk from the station, for a home-cooked Italian meal:

        Bombacigno's J & C Restaurant
        558 W. Van Buren Ave.
        312-663-4114

        Lou Mitchell's has almost always been a disappointment to me and I find it one of the most over-rated spots frequently recommended on this forum. I had a meal recently at The Parthenon, in Greektown, and it was excellent . . . and if you're toting just one suitcase on wheels you could walk there from Union Station - or take one of the CTA busses (or a taxi) for the short trip.

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