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need some weekend lunch spot ideas near Auditorium theater

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I'm taking my 90 yo grandma to see The Nutcracker next Saturday. I'll have about 1 1/2 hrs to kill so I will take her to lunch. She obviously can't do that much walking so I'd either need something nearby or if I took her in a cab, we'd need to eat and be back to theater with an hour, which seems hard. I did do gogle search and only came upon artist's cafe but I wasn't sure if that is a street entrance since it's in the fine arts building. I thought you may have to walk through that building a lot. I also thought there may be more special places just as close. I don't want any fast food crap. If it was just me, I'd know where to go but I'm trying to make this a good day for my gma and not give her a hear attack walking 2 miles. Thanks so much.

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  1. Custom House is a few blocks West, Atwood Cafe is about a half-mile North. Both would be good.

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    Custom House Tavern
    500 S Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60605

    1. Rhapsody and Russian Tea Time are both within a few blocks of the Auditorium, at 65 East Adams and 77 East Adams.

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      Russian Tea Time Restaurant
      77 E Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603

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      1. re: masha

        Rhapsody isn't open for lunch on Sundays.

      2. "artist's cafe but I wasn't sure if that is a street entrance since it's in the fine arts building."

        There's a street entrance, but it's basically a greasy-spoon at Michigan Ave. prices. If a sandwich shop is ok, you'll find some of the best in the Loop at Cafecito practically around the corner (soups and a few other things, too). The site has a video so you'll get an idea of the ambience:

        http://cafecitochicago.com/

        Higher end and just a couple of blocks down Michigan is Mercat a la Planxa:

        http://www.mercatchicago.com/

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        Cafecito
        26 E Congress Pkwy Ste 1, Chicago, IL 60605

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        1. re: jbw

          I was looking into Cafecito since it so close. I didn't see soups on their online menu so I was concerned that maybe there wouldn't be much my gma could eat. But if you're sure they have soup then it seems like that place will be easiest, time and distance wise. Otherwise, I'm also liking Custom house but it is a farther walk. She is 90 so a block does make a big difference. Thanks for all the ideas so far!

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          Cafecito
          26 E Congress Pkwy Ste 1, Chicago, IL 60605

          1. re: hellob

            Cafecito is excellent for what it is, but it's a very, very casual sandwich shop (it shares an entrance with a hostel, if that's an indication of how casual). They have a soup of the day, but if it doesn't appeal to your grandmother, then she's out of luck.

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            Cafecito
            26 E Congress Pkwy Ste 1, Chicago, IL 60605

            1. re: ferret

              I hate to say it but I'm thinking about just going to Panera. I hate going to places in the city that I can eat in Munster, IN but it's looking more complicated to find somewhere. She doesn't eat much but does need to eat. We're not going to keep leftovers in our purses. Soup is usually the ideal choice for her & I know Panera is close and has soup. Sucks.

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              Panera
              1206 N Bridge St, Yorkville, IL 60560

              1. re: hellob

                Well, if you're coming from the north or the east you'll probably pass Cafecito on the way to Panera and you can check out the soup (it's been black bean whenever I've been there; they also have the Cuban equivalent of smoothies, whose name I forget, altho that might be a warm weather thing) and the surroundings: there's a sofa, I believe, and a couple of easy chairs; it can be quite pleasant if it's not crowded and you can choose your spot. If it doesn't look good or is crowded--you'll see that from the sidewalk--just continue on down the block and cross the Congress (with the light only!) and you'll be at Panera.

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                Cafecito
                26 E Congress Pkwy Ste 1, Chicago, IL 60605

        2. If you don't mind walking the 4 short blocks north to Adams, I think that Russian Tea Time would be really nice for a special outing. They have an extensive menu (Russian, natch), but I'm sure you can just order soup or something light. However, you do need a reservation. They are likely to be crowded on a Saturday, especially around the holidays.

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          Russian Tea Time Restaurant
          77 E Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603