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Jan 22, 2011 08:00 PM

Breakfast in Chicago

Any good/inexpensive places near the Silversmith Hotel?

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  1. Inexpensive is a relative term, especially for breakfast, which is rarely all that much money; check the websites for prices. Good and near:

    Atwood Cafe -
    South Water Kitchen -

    Or, you could take a bus down Michigan Avenue, or the CTA Red Line, to Roosevelt and Wabash for Bongo Room (it's about a mile straight down Wabash if you want to walk). Bongo Room has amazing creative pancakes, such as their pretzel pancakes with white chocolate caramel sauce. A standard portion size is three ENORMOUS pancakes, but you can get a one-third or two-thirds portion size if you want to try more than one item.

    EDIT: See below regarding Heaven on Seven, too!

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      Thanks nsxtasy! Your posts have been very helpful. We've also heard about the Purple Pig for breakfast, so we might try to get that one of the mornings we're there.

      1. re: arualq

        The Purple Pig is not open for breakfast. You're probably thinking of Heaven on Seven, which I should also have mentioned. It's from the same folks (the Bannos family) as the Purple Pig, and the Wabash location is right near your hotel. The food is cajun/creole, and they start serving breakfast at 9 on weekdays, 10 on Saturdays, closed Sundays.

        1. re: nsxtasy

          The only Heaven on Seven (Wabash Location) caveat is that it is CASH ONLY.

          Heaven on Seven
          600 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

      2. re: nsxtasy

        If you want a great breakfast place in Chicago you need to try the Tempo Cafe. They serve the greatest huge breakfast dishes. The service is good but the place gets a little busy and on the weekends there is usually a wait. I have called and asked how long the wait was and they were honest about the time. But IMO it is worth a little wait.


        1. re: bklynsausage

          Tempo Cafe is a diner, and the breakfast is conventional breakfast food - eggs, pancakes, etc. It's okay, but not at all creative, not anything you haven't seen a thousand times elsewhere. Also, it's nowhere near the Silversmith; it's over a mile away, too far for most folks to walk, and not worth bothering with a cab or public transit for such ordinary food.

      3. I second the Bongo Room because of the pretzel pancakes with chocolate sauce. Also the servers are really nice and accommodating if you have restrictions/allergies. It does get busy, but it is definitely worth it!

        Bongo Room
        1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

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        1. re: GraceW

          >> It does get busy, but it is definitely worth it!

          I've found that there are waits to be seated on Sundays, but on weekdays I've never had to wait.

          Bongo Room
          1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

        2. Tempo sucks. Expensive and the food is not the best. Nothing unique. Best breakfast is The Publican.

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          1. re: feysul

            The Publican is not open for breakfast. (They serve brunch but only on Sundays.) And it too is not walking distance from the Silversmith Hotel, as the OP was seeking.

            The Silversmith Hotel is at Madison and Wabash, in the Loop.

          2. Original House of Pancakes on Bellevue, right across from the Sutton Place Hotel. Awesome place.

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            1. re: Acmacgregor

              OHP on Bellevue and Rush is also not easy walking distance from Madison and Wabash.

              1. Bongo Room is my absolute favorite. Nsxtasy's suggestion to get the white chocolate-pretzel pancakes is the best. They always have great options.

                Bongo Room
                1470 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642