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Oct 26, 2010 06:17 AM

Early solo dinner in the Loop?

I have a small window of time this afternoon to grab something to eat before a 6:00 p.m event. I want to stop somewhere between Jackson and East Wacker, i.e. in the "true" Loop. Many of the lunch places are closed by then, and it's too early and I don't have time for fine dining. Any suggestions for a decent, quick bite at that time of day? Many thanks.

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  1. Atwood Cafe and Petterino's are open then, just to name two. If you want something more casual then you can grab a sandwich at Pastoral. You don't mention how far West you'll be but the French Market is open until 7-ish.

    150 North Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60601

    French Market Cafe
    1973 W 111th St, Chicago, IL 60643

    1. Miller's Pub on Wabash has really good burgers.

      Miller's Pub
      134 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

      1. Restaurants in the Loop are accustomed to time constraints, thanks to their proximity to the theaters. So it all depends on what you're looking for and how much time you have. For example, if you've already looked at the menu beforehand, a finer dining type place (Atwood Cafe, Petterino's, Cibo Matto, Vivere) can probably serve you a three-course dinner in an hour, and less than that if you're only getting an entree. I bet you could get a burger at a place like Petterino's or Miller's and get through in half an hour. And it won't take much time at all to get a sandwich at Pastoral or the new Pret a Manger. (Pastoral is open till 8 during the week and 6 on weekends; Pret a Manger is open till 7 during the week and closed on weekends.) You can always call any of these places and ask how quickly you can get through, depending on what you want.