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Apr 6, 2010 11:13 AM

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

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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  1. 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

    1. 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

        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.

        You can make reservations for all of these bistros for free on