Yes, you can (and it doesn't have to be a "$5 Foot-Long"). Save your Benjamins and do dinner at these spots.
Sure, the noodles and curries are tasty, but I can't get enough of the bubble tea here: Try the mango.
True it's known as a "drunk food" stop, but the Mex food basics are not too shabby here. Can't beat the location either!
Cool concept- 12 rotating soups that you can mix & match. Love the chicken dumpling & the giant slab of bread that comes on the side.
So gluttonous and so satisfying, the fried bird here is tops. Pick between white or dark meat and make sure to try the tasty slaw.
Perennially packed Rick Bayless gem where you can grab his killer guac, along w/ Mex sandwiches, for a cas lunch. Fab coffee & pastries too.
Hot dog heaven! Super-fun staff delivers some crazy delish dogs. The turdoggen is their signature and a prime pick for adventurous first-timers. Nothing's finer than their pillowy brioche buns.
This BYOB joint is always jumping. Cram into the mini space and join the fiesta. Make sure your feast includes lots of seafood: crab legs are a crowd fave.
A small menu of savory pies brings culinary-curious folks in droves. Try the mushroom-kale pie and a side of "deluxe fries." Fish fries on Fridays, too.
Who doesn't love/lust after gooey grilled cheese? This place has it--in more varieties than you've ever dreamed. Great selection of craft beers in cans too!
Tony Hu is the master of Chinese fare in Chicago. The whole fish and the beef short ribs are killer. So wallet-friendly too!
I love this location for its airy, multi-level space. They do breakfast (with Intelligentsia coffee!) too.
The brick and mortar shop that grew out of the famous blue food truck. The empanadas are baked and fresh- try the caramelized onion version.
Oh, how I love this place. Grab a burger w/ grilled onions, Buffalo fries (fresh-cut!), and DO NOT pass up the shakes--ask for the off-menu speculoos shake.