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Losing my New England daughter to DePaul, but I hear the food's good...

rosiebcook Apr 6, 2010 11:13 AM

Hi all,

We're making our first visit ever to Chicago to check out my daughter's college of choice, with an adventurous, well-behaved 10-year-old in tow. Though not looking for fine dining (read: $$$$) we would like to mine some of Chicago's best finds within walking distance of the campus. Never had the pizza, any standouts nearby? Bistros? Thanks in advance.


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    jbw Apr 6, 2010 01:16 PM

    One of the better values in the area is a couple of blocks to the west of the campus, Sweets & Savories is sort of an American bistro -- and a BYO -- with a special $29 prix fixe (it's small, so be sure to call ahead):


    If you're looking for an excellent version of traditional Neapolitan pizza, one can be found about a half-mile to the east (but a pleasant walk along Fullerton) at Nella Pizzeria Napoletana:


    Sweets & Savories
    1534 W Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60614

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    1. re: jbw
      nsxtasy Apr 6, 2010 01:26 PM

      Sweets and Savories is a good choice. Just be aware that it's about 3/4 mile west of the campus, which may be a longer walk than you're expecting.

      If you prefer French bistros, Mon Ami Gabi is about the same distance in the opposite direction. www.monamigabi.com

      You can make reservations for all of these bistros for free on Opentable.com

    2. nsxtasy Apr 6, 2010 12:25 PM

      I assume you're referring to the main campus in Lincoln Park...?

      For our delicious local specialty, authentic Chicago-style deep-dish pizza:
      Lou Malnati's
      958 W. Wrightwood

      Italian bistro:
      Merlo La Salumeria
      2638 N. Lincoln
      (773) 529-0747

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