Good afternoon! I will be traveling to Chicago next week and staying at the Marriott on Adams. We plan on spending a day going to the planetarium/field museum, etc.. & would love some suggestions for a good place to have breakfast before we head out in the morning & then for lunch in the area in between museums.
For breakfast, some of our best and most interesting places are in the South Loop near the Adler Planetarium and Field Museum, rather than near the hotel.
My top pick is Bongo Room at Roosevelt (12th) and Wabash. They specialize in creative pancakes, such as pretzel pancakes with white chocolate caramel sauce. A standard portion consists of three HUGE pancakes, but you can also order a one-third or two-thirds portion size, which lets you try multiple dishes.
In addition to Bongo Room, there are several other breakfast options in that vicinity: Yolk, Little Branch Café, and Waffles.
For lunch near the Adler and Field, I like Gioco for Italian.
1) Wildberry, East Randolph just east of Michigan, offers a huge breakfast menu but specializes in fresh berry combos with crepes, waffles etc. 2) XOCO, 449 N Clark, has lovely Mexican breakfasts and is run by Rick Bayless,internationally famous chef of Topolobampo (this is not "some Mexican joint"). 3) Famous and funky for Loop breakfast is Heaven on Seven on 7th floor of Garland Building, Wabash just north of Washington---it's all about New Orleans, so breakfast can be Shrimp Creole Omelet or Bananas Foster Pecan Pancakes, with chicory coffee of course.
The most time-efficient thing for lunch is to eat at one of the museum cafes---details will be on their websites.
Just be aware of distances; for example, Wildberry and XOCO are each almost a mile on foot from the hotel, and not in the direction of the Shedd/Field.
Incidentally, the restaurant in your hotel, the Florentine, is excellent for lunch and dinner, if you're interested in mid-priced Italian cuisine. They also serve breakfast, but like most hotel restaurants, breakfast there can be a bit pricey. www.the-florentine.net