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Sep 26, 2011 12:57 PM

Austin CH visiting Chicago with toddler - need recs for lunch in millenium park

Im visiting with my 3 yo daughter this weekend from Texas and we will be staying with family near Millenium Park (on N Michigan, across the street from the Bean). I need a casual but delicious lunch spot (within a short cab ride) in that area as we will be heading to the American Girl store, Disney store, etc. Purple Pig, Sable, and Cafe Spiaggia were some options I read about but I am not a huge charcuterie fan and have heard mixed review of Cafe Spiaggia. Would Publican be kid friendly? Any recs would be appreciated. Any spots for lunch near Navy Pier, Lincoln Zoo, or Shedd Aquarium would help also.

In the past, some of my fav spots in Chicago have been Avec, Girl and the Goat, Urban Belly, XOCO, Alinea, Topolobampo. For this visit I am already planning a dinner at Avec, Girl and the Goat is booked, and Urban Belly is too far away. Im also going to pass on any Latin/Mexican this time round(had enough in Austin lately). Thanks in advance!

1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Avec Restaurant
615 W Randolph St Ste A, Chicago, IL 60661

Cafe Spiaggia
980 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

445 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610

3053 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Girl and the Goat
809 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661

Purple Pig
500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

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  1. Publican is out of your way and not very child friendly. It also doesn't open until 3:30 with a Sunday brunch option. You can always get picnic stuff from Pastoral and eat in Millenium Park. Pizano's for pizza. R.J Grunts by the zoo. Also, check out the Green City Market by the zoo if you go on Saturday.

    Green City Market
    1750 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614

    1. Cafe Spiaggia hasn't had mixed reviews that I am aware of. There are some people who have beren put off by service issue or price/value of its big, more expensive sister Spiaggia.

      If you are going to the American Girl store, DO NOT eat at their restaurant. Terrible food at high prices. Instead go to Mitey Nice Grill in the Water Tower mall or make Cafe Spiggia your lunch destination, Alternately, with a short cab ride south on Michigan Ave are Bandera's or Big Bowl,
      both kid-friendly and good food.

      Cafe Spiaggia
      980 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

      Big Bowl
      60 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

      980 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

      1. Either the Park Grill in the park or across Michigan The Gage. Both are well located, kid friendly and good choices.

        Park Grill
        11 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60602