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Early Sunday Night Dinner on the Blue Line

I apologize if this request is too specific. I will be in Chicago at the end of April, and I have the meals for 3 days of my trip fully planned, but I am having trouble deciding what to do for dinner on my last night. I am staying on the Magnificent Mile but my flight back to Canada leaves from O'Hare at 8:30pm on Sunday night. I figure the latest dinner I can squeeze in would be at 5pm, but only if the restaurant is on the blue line, and the closer to O'Hare the better. Any suggestions?

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  1. Lula Café is near the Logan Square stop, for farm-to-table contemporary-ish American. www.lulacafe.com

    Smoque is near the Irving Park stop, for barbecue. www.smoquebbq.com

    Longman and Eagle is also near the Logan Square stop, for contemporary/pub fare. (FWIW, I'm not a fan, but others like it.) www.longmanandeagle.com

    Giordano's, near the Rosemont stop, serves double-crust "stuffed" style thick-crust Chicago pizza. Beware, it takes 30-40 minutes to bake (you can call ahead with your pizza order so they have it ready) and it's a little further from the el (0.7 miles) than the others mentioned here. www.giordanos.com

    Al's Beef (for Italian beef sandwiches) and Nancy's (for stuffed pizza), together near the Cumberland stop. www.alsbeef.com www.nancyspizza.com

    All of these are open all day, including on Sundays.

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      Thank you for the suggestions. They are right on the money. I hadn't thought of Lula's Café, though I have reservations at Nightwood Saturday night. My first idea was Smoque, but I have brunch reservations that morning at Table 52 and I figured both in the same day might be a bit heavy. Giordano's is out because I find Chicago style pizza to be an acquired takes. Longman and Eagle is a possibility if having to wait in line won't be an issue at that time.

      1. re: scipie

        I doubt that there will be any wait at all to be seated at any of these places at 5:00 pm, with the exception of Smoque (where they typically have a line waiting to order, even that early).

        1. re: nsxtasy

          I would consider the Sunday Noodle Special at Yusho, near the Logan Square Blue Line. For $20 you receive a noodle dish (I like the poser ramen with crispy pig tail), a house cocktail, and a soft serve dessert. You can add a la carte items if you wish to try more dishes. Yusho offers an advantage of reservations, which might be helpful when on a tight schedule.

          Yusho
          2853 N Kedzie Ave
          www.yusho-chicago.com

          1. re: GourmetWednesday

            I was looking at the Sunday Noodle Special menu at Yusho the other day and I thought it might fit the bill. It would definitely be lighter than Smoque, but not quite as close to O'Hare. I am leaning towards Yusho, but unfortunately I think my significant other will vote for Smoque.

      2. re: nsxtasy

        Good responses. I'll add: at the Belmont Stop, go about 3 blocks west on Belmont and you'll see Taqeria Mazamitla on your right. This is an excellent neighborhood Mexican restaurant. Tortillas are always fresh and well-griddled, and the pico de gallo is the best I've had anywere. Picadillo, lomo and pollo are the best taco meat fillings here.

      3. You could take a Metra train from the loop to Edison Park, and have a nice meal at Zia's. Afterward, it would be a bit awkward and time-consuming to get to O'Hare via public transportation on a sunday. Best to have Zia's call you a cab.

        1. Also in the Logan Square stop aside from the ones already mentioned is Reno. It's right across one of the Logan Square exits.

          By the Damen/Ohare stop in Wicker Park, you can try Francesca Forno which is italian or Lillie's Q which is bbq.

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          1. re: sunbrace

            Good Mexican is hard to find here, and while we've been to all of Bayless' restaurants in previous visits a good neighbourhood joint sounds great!

            I'm not sure about taking the Metra, but I will check out the options suggested around Logan Square.

            In the event that we are short on time and can't squeeze in another sit down meal, do you have any suggestions for good eats we can stop and grab to go on the way to the airport? Maybe something along the lines of a good banh mi?

            1. re: scipie

              >> Good Mexican is hard to find here, and while we've been to all of Bayless' restaurants in previous visits a good neighbourhood joint sounds great!

              I love our contemporary Mexican restaurants, because they're so different from the conventional tacos/enchiladas places you find elsewhere in the United States. Since you've been to the Rick Bayless places (which are closed Sundays anyway), I would consider one of the other good ones, such as Mexique, Mixteco Grill, or Salpicon. However, none of these is near the Blue Line, so you might want to swap them for a different day of your trip. Mexique isn't near an el stop but is in West Town on Chicago Avenue so you can transfer to/from the #66 CTA bus. Mixteco Grill is in Lakeview near the Montrose stop on the Brown Line. Salpicon is in Old Town near the Clark/Division stop on the Red Line.

              www.mexiquechicago.com
              www.mixtecogrill.com
              www.salpicon.com

              >> In the event that we are short on time and can't squeeze in another sit down meal, do you have any suggestions for good eats we can stop and grab to go on the way to the airport? Maybe something along the lines of a good banh mi?

              Unfortunately, the French Market, which would otherwise be perfect for a variety of carry-out options, is closed on Sundays. Many of our other restaurants in and around the Loop, which specialize in carry-out for office workers for lunch, are also closed on Sundays, when there are few office workers.

              Perhaps your best option, particularly if you don't get to eat Mexican food during the rest of your trip, would be to have lunch/brunch in town earlier on Sunday, and then eat (or get carry-out) at Tortas Frontera when you get to O'Hare. They have restaurants in Terminals 1, 3, and 5. It's mostly carry-out with a limited amount of seating. The menu is more limited than Bayless's in-town restaurants but the food is very good. www.rickbayless.com/restaurants/torta...

              Don't forget to stop by Garrett's Popcorn at O'Hare on your way home. :) www.garrettpopcorn.com

          2. Update: After a late night on Saturday we ended up pushing back our Sunday brunch reservation at Table 52 leaving no time for an early dinner before heading to the airport. In the end if was probably a good thing because with the L unexpectedly not running between Damen and Western we were nearly late for our flight as it was. We did manage to grab Tortas Frontera at the airport which is never a bad thing! Thanks again for the recommendations, I will definitely keep them in mind for our next trip. We do our best to visit your fine city every 2 years :)