Lunchtime in the Loop

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When lunchtime rolls around there’s no better place to be in Chicago than in the Loop. Lunch spots are easy to find, with multiple options on every block. Whether you’d like a casual meal to go or want to step back in time at a place with history, there’s a restaurant to fit the bill. Here are some top recommendations for places to eat lunch in the Loop.

Fast Casual

There’s no shortage of places to get a quick lunch to go in the Loop, but this fast food is nothing like the Golden Arches. Get a burger you’ll crave all week at M Burger or Shake Shack. For Mediterranean, you can visit Naansanse, Naf Naf Grill, or Roti Modern Mediterranean. If you’re in the mood for Asian cuisine, Wow Bao offers tasty noodles, rice, and hot buns filled with steamy fillings.

Lunch with a View

If you want to see something that’s slightly better than your cubicle wall, a rooftop restaurant will put you in higher spirits. Cindy’s, located on the roof of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, provides stellar views of Millennium Park to go with your oysters or tender chicken schnitzel. For a view both inside and out Terzo Piano’s rooftop is located in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago and features the cuisine of James Beard Award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano.

Chicago Favorites

You’re in the heart of downtown, so why not have some mouthwatering traditional Chicago favorites? Get your deep-dish pizza at Giordano’s, a Chicago Dog in the park at Relish Chicago Hot Dogs, or an Italian Beef at Luke’s.

Dine with History

If you like a restaurant with longevity you’ve got a few choices when you have lunch in the Loop. The Walnut Room, located on the seventh floor of Macy’s has been serving its famous chicken pot pie since 1907. Italian Village opened in 1927 and it’s been a favorite for Italian ever since. You’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time when you dine at Berghoff’s. This classic serves German cuisine and pours beer with the permission of Liquor License No. 1, the very first license issued after the end of Prohibition. 

When you’re in downtown Chicago, these are just a few of the many choices for eating lunch in the Loop. Share your favorite lunch spots on Instagram and Facebook, and keep following our blog here for more Chi-Town recommendations.

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