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5 New Lunch Spots in Chicago

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






Best Spots to Catch 4th of July Fireworks

Top 5 4th of July Fireworks Spots in Chicago

We all know that catching the 4th of July fireworks in the city means heading East to the lake. But choosing your final resting place for the fantastic show doesn’t mean settling for the uber crowded Navy Pier. We’ve compiled a top 5 list of our favorite spots to watch the Chicago fireworks this year from Curbed Chicago:

Ohio Street Beach


There’s no doubt that Ohio Street Beach is going to be slammed on the weekend leading up to the big Fourth of July fireworks show, but it may be a little easier to find a spot on Monday evening for the show. This beach, although small, is the closest one to Navy Pier and will offer some of the best views of the show.

Oak Street Beach


If Ohio Street Beach is too packed, Oak Street Beach is also a great option to get a close view of the Navy Pier fireworks. This beach is a bit bigger and only a few blocks away.

Maggie Daley Park


Navy Pier will no doubt be to best spot to get an up close view of the fireworks show, but families may want to also consider Maggie Daley Park. Be sure to the park a little early though, it will likely be a popular spot to catch the show this year.



The rooftop level of the hip Chicago Athletic Association Hotel will no doubt will jam packed on Monday evening, but if you’re looking to sip on a fancy cocktail while watching the fireworks display, Cindy’s will be your best bet.

The Signature Lounge

A date with a view

Maybe you’re looking to escape the crowds entirely and have a nice romantic evening for the Fourth of July. In that case, consider the Signature Room and the Signature Lounge at the John Hancock Center. The restaurant and bar offer some of the greatest views of Chicago of any food and beverage establishment, and the atmosphere will certainly be much more mellow.


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