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Oct 24, 2011 06:59 AM

Lunch suggestions

Heading to downtown Chicago with my 2 college sons this Friday and I am in need of a lunch spot!! Any suggestions will be helpful...thanks!

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  1. Where will you be in "downtown Chicago"? The neighborhoods comprising downtown are spread out (3 miles from north to south) and surely you'll want something conveniently close to where you'll be.

    Also, what kind of lunch place are you looking for? A place to get something to go, to eat in the park? An inexpensive spot for fast sandwiches or burgers? A nicer place for a relaxed sit-down meal?

    4 Replies
    1. re: nsxtasy

      In the past we have gone to Wildfire on Erie for lunch. We are open to anything but pizza. Thanks!

      1. re: Yes2011

        Okay, it sounds like you're interested in a nicer place for a relaxed sit-down meal. Where will you be in downtown Chicago? In River North near Wildfire, or along the Magnificent Mile, or in the Loop, or the West Loop, or the Field Museum and South Loop, or around the Art Institute and Millennium Park, or...

        1. re: nsxtasy

          We have no plans other than to drive to Chicago and eat lunch and wander the streets.

          1. re: Yes2011


            If you're around the north end of the Mag Mile, I'd go to Cafe Spiaggia for Italian.

            If you're around the south end of the Mag Mile, I'd go to the Purple Pig, for charcuterie, pork, etc.

            If you're in River North and you're able to eat on the early side (say, get there before 11:30), I'd go to Frontera Grill, for creative Mexican food; other good places for lunch in River North include Cafe Iberico for tapas, Sable for contemporary American small plates, and David Burke's Primehouse for steaks and burgers (which they call "burkers").

            If you're in the Loop, Atwood Cafe is a good stop for contemporary American, and the Florentine or Vivere for Italian.

            In the vicinity of Millennium Park and the Art Institute, Park Grill has American food including good burgers.

            If you're in the West Loop, Blackbird is good for contemporary American.

            In the South Loop, Mercat a la Planxa for tapas, Custom House Tavern for American, or Hackney's for burgers and an onion "brick".

            These are all nice sit-down places. (Most accept reservations, but it sounds like you're going to be playing things by ear.)

            Blackbird Restaurant
            619 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL 60606

            Cafe Iberico
            737 N Lasalle Drive, Chicago, IL 60654

            David Burke's Primehouse
            616 N Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611

            Frontera Grill
            445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

            Hackney's Printers' Row
            733 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60605

            Cafe Spiaggia
            980 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

            Mercat a la Planxa
            638 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605

            Custom House Tavern
            500 S Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60605

            Atwood Cafe
            1 West Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602

            Park Grill
            11 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60602

            71 W Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603

            Sable Kitchen & Bar
            505 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60654

            The Florentine
            151 W. Adams, Chicago, IL 60601

            Purple Pig
            500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611