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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

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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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10 Best Chicago Coffee Shops

Chicago is home to 77 distinct neighborhoods — and a countless array of coffee shops. Whether you’re looking for a bold cup of joe, or a place to set up shop with work or study, there are plenty of options in the Windy City. Bookmark these top 10 coffee shops in Chicago.

The Allis

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Nestled on the first floor of Soho House Chicago, The Allis is decked out with crystal chandeliers, plush furniture, and plenty of spots to enjoy a coffee, traditional tea, or brunch.  The Allis at Soho House, 113 N. Green.

3 Arts Cafe

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3 Arts Club Cafe has overtaken the Instagram feed of Chicagoans this past year. Located within Restoration Hardware (RH) in the Gold Coast, stop in for coffee and marvel at the grand surroundings. 3 Arts Club Cafe, 1300 N. Dearborn.

Heritage Bicycles

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The basic concept of Heritage Bikes is: bikes and coffee. Whether you visit to relax or to work, Heritage Bikes offers bike repairs, free WiFi and stellar coffee. Heritage Bicycles, 2959 N. Lincoln Ave.

Left Coast

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Left Coast is a newcomer to the Lakeview neighborhood — and has already amassed a loyal following. Here you’ll find fresh juices, killer coffee and healthy eats in stylish digs. Left Coast, 2878 N. Lincoln.

La Colombe

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With 4 Chicago locations (and growing), La Colombe is a local favorite. You can find La Colombe coffee in the West Loop, Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Andersonville, and soon: Gold Coast. La Colombe, 955 W. Randolph.

Intelligentsia

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The Intelligentsia coffeebar on Broadway was the first-ever location for the brand. For those serious about coffee, this is your spot. Intelligentsia serves top quality coffee, whether you’re in the mood for a latte or a pour-over brew. Intelligentsia, 3123 N. Broadway.

Pickwick Coffee

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Pickwick Coffee is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the Loop. The alley location has cool Chicago history dating back to 1857, when the location was originally purchased as ‘Pickwick Stables’ for family horses. Today, it’s home to some of Chicago’s best coffee. Pickwick Coffee, 22 E. Jackson.

Floriole

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Floriole is a fixture to the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Beyond coffee, don’t miss the bakery’s outstanding array of desserts, baked goods, and casual lunch fare. Floriole, 1220 W. Webster.

Sawada Coffee

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If you’re looking for hip and trendy, head to Sawada Coffee. Located in the West Loop, Sawada serves espresso and matcha-based drinks, including cortados, cappuccinos, and boozy coffees. (You’ll also find a wooden ping pong table, pinball machine, and punching bag.) Sawada Coffee, 112 N. Green St.

Julius Meinl

Julius Meinl

Julius Meinl is an Austrian-based coffee shop and cafe that’s captured the loyalty of many Chicagoans over the years. More than just coffee, pastries and breakfast items make Julius Meinl a popular stop along Southport. Julius Meinl, 3601 N. Southport.

 

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Must Try: Top 100 Al Fresco Restaurants

AL FRESCO DINERS—With only a few weeks left of summer, it’s not too late to get out and enjoy fantastic views, tasty foods, and jaw-dropping outdoor dining experiences. Our friends at OpenTable have discovered 100 of the Best Al Fresco dining restaurants in America. With the help of OpenTable Diners, here are the top 100 Al Fresco Restaurants—a restaurant right in our own backyard of Wheaton, Illinois tops the list.

 

100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America for 2017

As Voted by OpenTable Diners

By OpenTable

 

ACQUA

Various Locations

Italian

 

Adelle's

Adelle’s

Wheaton, IL

Contemporary American

 

Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar

Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar

Naples, FL

Seafood

Beachcomber Cafe - Crystal Cove

Beachcomber Cafe – Crystal Cove

Newport Coast, CA

Californian

Bistro 821

Bistro 821

Naples, FL

American

Blue Moon Fish Co.

Blue Moon Fish Co.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Seafood

The Boathouse at Sunday Park

The Boathouse at Sunday Park

Midlothian, VA

Seafood

Boca - Brandon

Boca – Brandon

Brandon, FL

American

Brave New Restaurant

Brave New Restaurant

Little Rock, AR

Contemporary American

BRAVO Cucina Italiana - Naples - Mercato

BRAVO Cucina Italiana – Naples – Mercato

Naples, FL

Italian

Bridges Restaurant

Bridges Restaurant

Danville, CA

Californian

BRIO Tuscan Grille

Various Locations

Italian

Cafe Amelie

Cafe Amelie

New Orleans, LA

Contemporary Southern

Cafe Berlin

Cafe Berlin

Washington, DC

German

Cafe Lurcat - Naples

Cafe Lurcat – Naples

Naples, FL

American

Café Monarch

Café Monarch

Scottsdale, AZ

Contemporary American

Cafe Pinot

Cafe Pinot

Los Angeles, CA

Contemporary American

Campiello - Naples

Campiello – Naples

Naples, FL

Italian

Cedar Creek Inn - San Juan Capistrano

Cedar Creek Inn – San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano, CA

American

Columbia Restaurant

Various Locations

Spanish

Continental Naples

Continental Naples

Naples, FL

Steakhouse

Copley's on Palm Canyon

Copley’s on Palm Canyon

Palm Springs, CA

Contemporary American

Cress on Oak Creek at L'Auberge de Sedona

Cress on Oak Creek at L’Auberge de Sedona

Sedona, AZ

Contemporary American

Cucina Rustica

Cucina Rustica

Sedona, AZ

Italian

Culinary Dropout at the Yard

Culinary Dropout at the Yard

Phoenix, AZ

Gastro Pub

Da Vinci Ristorante

Da Vinci Ristorante

Marco Island, FL

Italian

Different Pointe of View

Different Pointe of View

Phoenix, AZ

Contemporary American

Duke's Beach House Maui

Duke’s Beach House Maui

Lahaina, HI

Hawaiian

El Chorro

El Chorro

Paradise Valley, AZ

American

Farm & Table

Farm & Table

Albuquerque, NM

Contemporary American

Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar

Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar

Charleston, SC

Seafood

Frida's

Frida’s

Lahaina, Hawaii

Mexican

Gaylord's at Kilohana

Gaylord’s at Kilohana

Lihue, HI

Hawaii Regional Cuisine

George's Ocean Terrace

George’s Ocean Terrace

San Diego, CA

American

Gonza Tacos y Tequila - Durham

Gonza Tacos y Tequila – Durham

Durham, NC

Mexican

Gratitude - Newport Beach

Gratitude – Newport Beach

Newport Beach, CA

Vegan

Guppy's

Guppy’s

Indian Rocks Beach, FL

Seafood

Hearth Restaurant and Pub

Hearth Restaurant and Pub

Windsor, CO

Gastro Pub

Hot Tin Roof

Hot Tin Roof

Key West, FL

Seafood

The House Brasserie

The House Brasserie

Scottsdale, AZ

Contemporary American

Jack Dusty Coastal Cuisine and Crafted Cocktails

Jack Dusty Coastal Cuisine and Crafted Cocktails

Sarasota, FL

Seafood

Jake's - Palm Springs

Jake’s – Palm Springs

Palm Springs, CA

Contemporary American

Kaluz Restaurant

Kaluz Restaurant

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Contemporary American

Kimo's Restaurant Maui

Kimo’s Restaurant Maui

Lahaina, HI

Seafood

La Brasserie Bistro and Bar

La Brasserie Bistro and Bar

La Quinta, CA

French

La Quinta Cliffhouse

La Quinta Cliffhouse

La Quinta, CA

American

Laili

Laili

Santa Cruz, CA

Mediterranean

Latitudes on Sunset Key

Latitudes on Sunset Key

Key West, FL

Contemporary American

Lavender Bistro

Lavender Bistro

La Quinta, CA

Californian

Le Vallauris

Le Vallauris

Palm Springs, CA

French

Little Beast Restaurant

Little Beast Restaurant

Los Angeles, CA

Contemporary American

Lon's at The Hermosa

Lon’s at The Hermosa

Paradise Valley, AZ

American

Marche Bacchus

Marche Bacchus

Las Vegas, NV

French

Mariposa

Mariposa

Sedona, AZ

Latin / Spanish

Mediterrano

Mediterrano

Naples, FL

Mediterranean

Michaels Restaurant

Michaels Restaurant

Key West, FL

American

The Mill Kitchen and Bar

The Mill Kitchen and Bar

Roswell, GA

Southern

Miro's Restaurant

Miro’s Restaurant

Palm Springs, CA

Modern European

Mitch's on El Paseo Prime Seafood

Mitch’s on El Paseo Prime Seafood

Palm Desert, CA

Californian

Molto Trattoria

Molto Trattoria

Naples, FL

Italian

Momed - Atwater Village

Momed – Atwater Village

Atwater Village, CA

Mediterranean

Morgan's in the Desert

Morgan’s in the Desert

La Quinta, CA

Farm-to-table

Ocotillo

Ocotillo

Phoenix, AZ

Contemporary American

Olive & Ivy Restaurant & Marketplace

Olive & Ivy Restaurant & Marketplace

Scottsdale, AZ

Mediterranean

Ophelia's on the Bay

Ophelia’s on the Bay

Sarasota, FL

Contemporary American

Osteria Tulia

Osteria Tulia

Naples, FL

Italian

Pacifica Seafood Restaurant

Pacifica Seafood Restaurant

Palm Desert, CA

Seafood

Panama Hotel & Restaurant

Panama Hotel & Restaurant

San Rafael, CA

Contemporary American

Paragary's

Paragary’s

Sacramento, CA

Farm-to-table

 

Parkshore Grill

Parkshore Grill

St. Petersburg, FL

Contemporary American

Passerelle Bistro

Passerelle Bistro

Greenville, SC

French

Portico Restaurant - Richmond

Portico Restaurant – Richmond

Richmond, VA

Italian

Poseidon

Poseidon

Del Mar, CA

American

The Prado at Balboa Park

The Prado at Balboa Park

San Diego, CA

Contemporary American

Quiessence at The Farm at South Mountain

Quiessence at The Farm at South Mountain

Phoenix, AZ

Contemporary American

Red Fish Grill

Red Fish Grill

Miami, FL

Seafood

Renato's

Renato’s

Palm Beach, FL

Continental

The Restaurant at Ponte

The Restaurant at Ponte

Temecula, CA

Californian

Rick's Cafe Boatyard

Rick’s Cafe Boatyard

Indianapolis, IN

Seafood

Rita's Kitchen at Camelback Inn, A J.W. Marriott Resort

Rita’s Kitchen at Camelback Inn, A J.W. Marriott Resort

Scottsdale, AZ

Southwest

Sale e Pepe - Marco Beach Ocean Resort

Sale e Pepe – Marco Beach Ocean Resort

Marco Island, FL

Italian

Saltus River Grill

Saltus River Grill

Beaufort, SC

Contemporary American

SASSI

SASSI

Scottsdale, AZ

Italian

Shore

Shore

Sarasota, FL

American

Si Bon

Si Bon

Rancho Mirage, CA

Belgian

Spencer's Restaurant

Spencer’s Restaurant

Palm Springs, CA

American

Spiga Cucina Italiana

Spiga Cucina Italiana

Scottsdale, AZ

Italian

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

Escondido, CA

Organic

Sundy House

Sundy House

Delray Beach, FL

International

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Tom Hams Lighthouse

Tom Hams Lighthouse

San Diego, CA

Seafood

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar - Scottsdale

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar – Scottsdale

Scottsdale, AZ

Seafood

RESERVE NOW

Tonto Bar & Grill

Tonto Bar & Grill

Cave Creek, AZ

American

The Tropicale

The Tropicale

Palm Springs, CA

Californian

The Turtle Club - Naples

The Turtle Club – Naples

Naples, FL

Seafood

Vin de Set

Vin de Set

St. Louis, MO

Provencal

Virtu Honest Craft

Virtu Honest Craft

Scottsdale, AZ

Modern European

Vivace Restaurant

Vivace Restaurant

Tucson, AZ

Italian

The Waterfront Restaurant

The Waterfront Restaurant

Anna Maria, FL

Continental

Wildflower - Tucson

Wildflower – Tucson

Tucson, AZ

Contemporary American

Zinc Bistro

Zinc Bistro

Scottsdale, AZ

French

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