Restaurants

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

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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

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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

Tanta

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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

 

 

 

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Rentals

6 Hottest New Chicago High Rises

Luxury in the Clouds: Hot High Rises

The boom in Chicago’s rental market isn’t slowing down any time soon, and developers are capitalizing on the demand by continuing to build some spectacular high rise rental complexes in the downtown area. Last year, thousands of new apartment units were delivered, and this year is set to be a repeat. Here’s a look at our top six for 2016: 

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Looking for the best of the best in high rises? Take a tour at Wolf Point West to see one of their 509 apartments starting in the $2,000 range for a studio space. Two more are planned near the site at the confluence of the Chicago River.

Atwater Apartments

Steps away from Navy Pier, this 54-story Streeterville tower recently underwent a major overhaul, and took on the new identity of Atwater Apartments. The updated studios start out at just $1,700.

MILA

Short for Michigan and Lake, this 41-story tower has 402 luxury rentals at the location on Michigan Avenue between Millennium Park and the Chicago River. While single bedrooms range from $2,300 to $3,500, corner units can get you upwards of about $5,000.

Marquee at Block 37

In terms of units, this project is the biggest to hit the area in decades, with 694 individual spaces. This building is still in construction, but leasing has started at $1,900 for a studio apartment.

Gateway West Loop

It’s no surprise that the SoHo House brought with it these hip new apartment options. Availability is limited, but micro apartments are available at $1,600 per month.

City Hyde Park

This mixed-use project is another Studio Gang Architects design. The building is anchored by a 50,000-square-foot Whole Foods, with 180 units above starting at $1,800/month.

Have any other hot, new high rise recommendations? Leave us a comment below!

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Neighborhood Guide

Which Summer Flowers are Blooming Near You?

Each neighborhood has its signature look: Uptown is jazzy and colorful, Wicker Park is classy and artsy, and the South Loop is contemporary and cool. With so much variety, it’s only natural that the city is inhabited by neighborhood-distinct foliage as well. From one area to the next, flowers help define the vibe for the summer festivities.

 

Lincoln Park has Hydrangeas.

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These are no ordinary flowers. The hydrangeas that line the residential sidewalks in LP can grow several feet tall, with blooms the size of your head. The best part? From dark plum to pale blue, these flowers provide Lincoln Park with beautiful color all summer long.

Edgewater is known for its Bleeding Hearts.

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The shady gardens near Hollywood Beach, also known as Osterman Beach or Ardmore Beach, provide the perfect light for these dramatic flowers.

Pilsen is overflowing with Sundrops.

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Sundrops give this already colorful neighborhood even more to smile about. It’s hard not to feel sunny while gazing at these buttery little flowers that also attract some spectacular butterflies.

Roscoe Village is marked by Alliums.

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A member of the onion family, these flowers usually bloom in mid June, but this year in Roscoe Village they’re cropping up early. These medium-sized purple bulbs prefer drier soil, and the village’s relative distance from the lake helps them thrive.

Hyde Park has an abundance of Knockout Roses.

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The University of Chicago campus is absolutely brimming with these hearty, gorgeous pink flowers. The bright, shadeless areas help these fragrant and fast-growing beauties bloom all the way through autumn.

 

Chicago offers the best of both worlds: industrial lines and abundant greenery. Whether it’s daisies or tulips, hydrangeas or bleeding hearts, our city is bursting at the seams with flowers, and the summer’s just begun!

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