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Up Your Lunch Game with These 5 New Lunch Destinations

Work is stressful. Deadlines pile up, meetings run long, and breaks are few and far between. Lunch is a time to escape the chaos and regroup for a productive afternoon. But how relaxing can it really be to scarf a sandwich down while sifting through emails at your desk? We’ve all heard that getting away from the work headspace for a while can increase productivity dramatically, so why do we deny ourselves a fun lunch break? Chicago has amazing lunch spots to get you up and away from work for an hour, while also creating a fun culinary experience. Check out our choices for the best new lunch spots in Chicago:

Enolo Wine Cafe

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This pizza, panini, and cheese spot just started serving lunch. Our favorite is the “Enolo Lunch Board,” which pairs one main dish with a baby kale salad, cup of soup, cheese and crostini.

450 N. Clark St.; 312-477-7674

Imperial Lamian

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People in River North are going gaga over these hand-pulled noodles. They’ve got a lunch special that includes two pieces of dim sum, miso soup or salad and an entree.

6 W. Hubbard St.; 312-595-9440

White Oak Tavern and Inn


Talk about cozy. This Lincoln Park gem is a great place to chill out at lunch with smaller portioned items like soup and salad, or heftier portions of pasta for leftovers. Yum!

1200 W. Webster Ave.; 773-248-0200

Oyster Bah


On Fridays now, you can grab a table here and chow down on a po’ boy with giardiniera aïoli, a seared yellowfin tuna sandwich on pumpernickel with green goddess dressing and a smoked trout melt with caramelized onion and horseradish vinaigrette. And don’t forget those lobster rolls.

1962 N. Halsted St.; 773-248-3000



For a Peruvian vacation just steps from your office, check out this place. It has delicious, light, fresh meals like frisée and kale salad with pea shoots, wheat, chickpeas, mint, queso fresco, cucumber, onions, parsley and cilantro.

118 W. Grand Ave.; 312-222-9700