Kosher in Chicago
I will be traveling to Chicago on a regular basis and I need to know what my options are for food. Not supermarkets but restaurants. I will be downtown ( I think) on Walbash ave near the pier. I dont have a car there. Where can I go? What is good? what is open late?
re: chicago maven
The CRC websource is a fruitless time-sink for anyone staying downtown. Reason is, it just gives addresses.
Other threads on this list (search Chicago) tell you about a couple of sandwich options downtown. and a couple of place in the Jewish neighborhoods that deliver to downtown. Beyond that , you have to drive somewhere.
Without a car, your options are nearly zero.
Taboun is over an hour (each way) via public transportation. Aside from MetroKlub there's a sandwich stall at the French Market, which is a fairly far walk (as is MetroKlub) from your hotel. You can also take the train to Romanian and pick up some sensational sandwiches (and excellent hard salami - have them slice it for you).
I often suggest that travelers get a ZipCar for a few hours and head up to the neighborhoods where the Kosher restaurants are.
I said it was a good place to start, not the answer to all of their problems! And what's wrong with an address and phone number. Most people are intelegent enough to pick up the phone and call the restaurant. bTW, there is a person that delivers in the Chicago area.
There is now a delivery service available for the downtown area
and other sections of Greater Chicago.
His information is also on the CRC website, but don't waste your time looking at it.
To add to previous posters. I work about 20 minutes South of downtown (not anywhere close to kosher establishments) and when we require kosher options, we arrange to have meals delivered from Metroklub. Delivery is not so cheap, I think it's about $20, so your lunch/dinner would cost around $50 if you have it delivered. Kotel Kosher doesn't open until 10am I think, but you can pick items up there as well. Lastly, the South Loop Synagogue has boxed sandwiches from the Sandwich Club, which are about $10 and can be picked out around lunch time. If you choose to go that route, you should consider calling them in advance. Restaurants such as Tein Li Chow (Chinese), Taboun Grill (Israeli), etc., will also deliver to you, which would once again be around $25 for delivery. I believe I had seen a post at some point regarding a delivery service that will bring food from any kosher restaurant for you for $25. Search this board, you might find it.