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Wright House tour in Oak Park - need lunch recs

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My mom and I are coming to Chicago in May for the Wright House Tour in Oak Park (i am a DC chowhound). Would love any lunch recommendations in Oak Park so we arent relegated to the box lunch! If its purely residential (as I fear it is) does anyone have a good recommendation of a place to grab sandwiches Downtown in the Loop area that we could bring with us? Thanks so much - really looking forward to the trip

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  1. Marion Street Cheese Shop on Marion in down town Oak Park is great. Love the wine and cheese plates.

    Marion Street, in general, has lots of little places to check out. There's a buffet Indian place that's really good, but the name fell out of my head. And Bleeding Heart Bakery is just around the corner.

    1. If you want to take some sandwiches with you, Pastoral on Lake Street is a good place to have them made..

      1. The wright tour is not far at ALL from the Oak Park Mall. Definitely walking distance. Depending on times you'll be around there will dictate what you can get. Assuming lunch times, there will be a good amt of stuff for you. Khyber Pass is the Indian place Stuccolow is thinking of. Marion Street Grill is right there. (The Marion Street Cheese Marrket is a diff place than the grill - same area) You'll also have plenty of options on Oak Park avenue and lake street a few blocks east. If you whittle down what you are looking for a little bit, then something might be a little easier to pinpoint. Greek, Italian, Sushi, Indian, Hot dogs, Mexican, Pizza, Middle Eastern Chinese, all possible and in the area. How far from the Wright walk do you want to go? Some of the ethnic foods will not be the greatest stuff that Chicago will offer, but just about everything is available. What do you want? - Also, there'sa giordano's in Oak Park on Chicago Ave. which is definitely walkable from from the Wright Area of town. I't actually a few blocks E of the main FLW drag (Kenilworth Avenue, I think?) That can net you some Stuffed pizza. What do you want to get?

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        Khyber Pass
        1031 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60301

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        1. re: gordeaux

          I would say we want to stay pretty true to the tour route as my mom will be already doing a lot of walking for her. Some place we can grab something quick, not too heavy - Greek, Indian and Pizza sound great. At least it sounds like there is a fair amount there, I was worried it was all houses! The Tour seems to carry us from Lake and Oak Park Ave over to Marion. Appreciate the help

          1. re: anunez

            If you're gonna wind up on Marion, you should be a few block N of the Mall. I'm not sure If Khyber Pass will have a buffet for you at the time you'll be there. For Middle Eastern, Jerusalem Cafe is right in the Mall on Lake St. Kind of a order at the counter and they bring it to you type of place. Khyber Pass also has a full menu. I'm just not sure of their hours. Giordano's will be open for sure. The greek place will be closer to your starting point on Lake and OPA. You'll see plenty of places right there too. Will you be eating before the tour, or after? Or will there be a lunch break of sorts?

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            Khyber Pass
            1031 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60301

            1. re: anunez

              When you say you are coming for the tour in May, are you referring to Wright Plus? If so, you should be aware that there is a free shuttle bus that circulates among the various houses on the tour, so you can keep your walking to a minimum. That said, Oak Park (and River Forest, as some of the venues are there) will be packed with tourists on that day, so all of the obvious restaurant locales closest to the houses may have lines. Eating somewhat "off peak" would be a good idea. In addition to local restaurants and the box lunches available with the tour, there should be a fair number of "Lemonade stands" and similar ad hoc snacking/drinking opportunities sponsored by neighborhood children near many of the houses on the route (especially if the weather is nice).

              1. re: masha

                yep, Wright Plus. Figured it would be totally jammed so wanted to get the inside scoop - you guys are great!

                1. re: masha

                  A few additional pieces of information that you may want to consider:

                  Oak Park has 2 major business districts near this year's tour. Lake Street is the major East-West thoroughfare that runs through both. "Downtown Oak Park" is located on the western edge of the town, and is a few blocks due south of the Wright Home & Studio. "The Avenue" District is more centrally located, to the east of "Downtown," and is due south of some of the private houses, located on Fair Oaks & East Avenues, that are on this year's tour. Unity Temple is approximately equidistant from both districts, located on Lake St., about 2 blocks west of the Avenue and 2 blocks east of Downtown.

                  The Marion St. Cheese Shop, the Jerusalem Cafe, and Khyber Pass are all located Downtown. So are a number of other restaurants, including a few small pizza places (Purees and Mancinis), some other independent restaurants, an outpost of the local Bar Louis chain, and a variety of national chains, including Starbucks, Brueggers Bagels, and Cosi.

                  The Avenue is home to a lot of restaurants, but not all serve lunch. Among those that do serve lunch, you might consider,
                  1. Papaspiros, a Greek restaurant, whose doors say they are open continuously from 11 am, which means that an off-peak lunch is possible (I checked when I walked by this morning. It's located on the south side of Lake St. just east of Oak Park Avenue.
                  2. Red Hen Bakery, also open all day and which, as it's name suggests, is primarily a bread bakery, but which does serve sandwiches, and has tables. It's located on the northwest corner of Oark Park Ave. & Lake St.
                  3. the Pasta Shoppe, also open all day, which in addition to pastas and other Italian fare, also serves sandwiches, soups, and salads. It is located on the east side of Oak Park Avenue, south of Lake St.
                  4. J.B. Winberries, a bar & grill type restaurant, with burgers, sandwiches, salads, etc. It's on the southwest corner of Oak Park & Lake (kattycorner from Red Hen Bakery). I believe that they are open all day, but you might want to google them to check.
                  5. Fuego Loco, a Mexican restaurant, located a few doors east of Red Hen, on the North Side of Lake St..
                  6. Flat Top Grill, a local PanAsian chain, where diners select their own components for stir fry, located next door to Fuego Loco on the North Side of Lake St.
                  7. New Pot, another PanAsian restaurant (primarily Thai), located next door to Papaspiros on the south side of Lake St.
                  8. Gepettos - pizza and Italian, on the west side of Oak Park Ave. south of Lake St. (more or less across the St. from the Pasta Shoppe).

                  If you are taking the Green Line El to Oak Park, the "Oak Park" stop is on Oak Park Ave., and you will walk past or near most of the restaurants in the Avenue District. If you get off at the Harlem stop of the El or take the Metra train to the Oak Park stop on Marion St., you will be in the Downtown District. The Home & Studio is more or less equidistant from either Green Line stop. So, if you are coming by train, you can scope out the restaurants in one or the other district upon your arrival in Oak Park.

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                  Fuego Loco
                  116 N York St Ste 102, Elmhurst, IL 60126

                  Pasta Shoppe & Cafe
                  116 N Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60301

                  Khyber Pass
                  1031 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60301

            2. Just wanted everyone to know my mom and I went to Khyber Pass and it was perfect. It was pretty chilly in Oak Park, particualrly since we were walking around all day so Indian food was just what we needed. Thanks!

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              Khyber Pass
              1031 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60301