"Chain" drops its negative connotation thanks to these made-in-Chicago winners.
A quintessential Chicago classic. Don't be scared off by the tourists- join 'em, and make sure they (and you!) try the chocolate cake shake!
Your nose will lead the way to this haven or delectable popcorn. Obviously, you must try the Chicago Mix. Word to the wise: A small bag is plenty!
This spot remains blissfully no-frills as the 'hood turns upscale. Go for sweets, such as the seasonal pancake trio, & don't forget cash.
This buyer/seller shop goes above & beyond the call of duty, with fantastic service, in-store performances, & special orders for extreme music nerds.
Solid pick for both breakfast & lunch. Tasty coffee and muffins (pumpkin is tops!). Sandwiches are giant & well-priced: Try the New Veggie.
Love the staff (esp Cynthia @ check-in!), rooftop deck w/ skyline views, & free parking. Take Tamara's class- she'll whip ya into shape!
Break free from your Chipotle rut and give BB a go. Love the multiple tortilla options (spinach is yum!) and the option to add goat cheese to my burrito.
Clever concept (dogs themed for U.S. cities) and nice prices, but food doesn't do it for me. So many other great hotdogs to compete with!
The original location of the local frozen kefir chain is still my favorite, thanks to its dog-friendly Division Street patio seating. They'll even give your pup a kefir sample if you ask!
Hooray for simplicity! No high-brow burgers here- just thin, juicy patties (turkey and veg too) with standard toppings. There's a not-so-secret "secret menu" here, yours for the asking. Love the special shake flavors.
Lunch I always feel good about. Quinoa bowls are outta this world...and affordable. Love the Newport Salad too. Order online & skip the wait
A crowd pleaser of a breakfast pick. The menu is enormous, but look to fluffy omelets or fruit-studded pancakes as your best bets. Fairly priced.
Fries are amazing, turkey burgers rock, and shakes are a must. Great for picky eaters (build your own combo). Wallet-friendly lunch pick.