The commute may be hours long and parking rates through the roof, but working in downtown Chicago has at least one indisputable benefit: there are a delicious array of dining options! No matter how much time you have available, how much you want to spend or what type of food you prefer, there’s sure to be a great lunch spot within easy walking distance of your workplace.
8 delicious Chicago restaurants you should try with various cuisines, dining styles and locations…
Eataly, River North
Eataly takes the food court concept to another level, with several high-quality, authentic Italian counters and restaurants where you can grab and go, or sit and savor.
Yelp reviews – lookup the individual restaurants for reviews!
South of the Border
Xoco, River North
Xoco is famed chef Rick Bayless’s take on Mexican street food. Consider going early to beat the crowds at lunch.
Comfort Food, Asian Style
Ramen Misoya, River North
Nothing warms your insides like a steaming hot bowl of ramen on a wintery Chicago day. Visit Ramen Misoya for the classic preparations served in a fast/casual setting.
Mix It Up
Seoul Taco, River North
Fast/casual Korean-Mexican fusion menu in a hip, retro setting.
Catch of the Day
Luke’s Lobster, Loop
Maine-style seafood fished sustainably and served in an authentic shack-like atmosphere is what Luke’s Lobster is all about.
Manny’s Cafeteria and Delicatessen, South Loop
In business for more than seven decades, Manny’s is where you’ll find classic Jewish deli specialties as well as occasional sightings of Chicago notables and politicians.
Greek Islands, West Loop
Go to Chicago’s favorite Greektown spot for a fresh taste of the Mediterranean. An expansive menu with many vegetarian and seafood options.
White Tablecloth Dining
Blackbird, West Loop
For those occasions when only the best will do, Blackbird offers a three-course, prix fixe lunch menu for $25 per person that impresses without breaking the bank.
Eating lunch out not only tastes good, but it’s good for you! Breaking away from your desk for an hour to enjoy a restaurant meal with a colleague or friend can boost your mental and physical well-being, increase your productivity and strengthen your social and professional networks. Take a well-deserved break and enjoy a lunch out today at one of these Chicago restaurants!