If you’re hitting the malls along north Michigan Avenue there are certainly numerous chain restaurants that are affordable. Here are the good quality, low-cost, non-chain places to eat. All information was verified at the time of this post. Unless stated otherwise all prices are estimates and don’t include beverage, tax and tip.
Frankie’s, 5th floor, 312-266-2500
Frankie’s offers a great weekday lunch special for $9.99. House wines $8. They also serve pizza slices at lunch for around $4.50-$5.50. Regular menu items range from $7.95 for half orders to $15.95. Pizza’s start at $10.95 and easily serve two.
At dinner they offer a variety of low cost options from a large bowl of minestrone $5.50 , pizzas for $10.95 and up, Regular entrees range from $14.95-$24.95.
On Monday’s and Tuesday’s all day they offer a bottle of their Frankie’s brand red or white for $10. They will package the bottle to go if you don’t finish it.
John Hancock Center 875 N. Michigan Ave
Lowel Level, 312-337-0691. Moving to 251 E Huron Street Northwestern Memorial Hospital 2nd Floor Feinberg Pavilion 312-337-0691. L’Appetito is an Italian deli. Breakfast options are under $6, lunch offers cold and grilled sandwiches, soups and salads and pizza squares. Nearly everything is under $8.
Water Tower Place 835 N. Michigan Ave
Foodease, Mezzanine Level, 312-335-3663, Foodease offers cafeteria style food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The selection varies daily and includes cold salads, hot entrees and sides, a salad bar, soups and sushi. Most items are sold by weight. You can easily get a full meal for under $10. There’s seating both inside and outside of Foodease.
Foodlife (breakfast) Mezzanine Level, 312-335-3663 Located at a counter outside of Foodlife (but still a part of it) the breakfast options are under $8 including breakfast sandwiches, a breakfast combo ($7), yogurt, fruit and more.
Foodlife (lunch and dinner) Foodlife is a unique concept where you can purchase food, some made to order, from 14 different kitchens that you can either eat there or take to go. Here’s how it works. Options include barbeque, stir-fry, asian, mexican, italian, salad bar, soup, juice bar and more. If you’re careful you can get a complete meal for less than $10 for lunch or dinner.
Wow Bao, Ground Floor 312-642-5888, Breakfast, lunch and dinner Bao’s (asian buns), lunch and dinner bao’s, soup, rice bowls and salads all under $8.
There’s a seating area one level up on the adjacent escalator.
Shops at North Bridge 520 N. Michigan Avenue
Farmer’s Fridge, 4th floor, 312-327-2300
Farmer’s Fridge is a vending machine that serves healthy salads prepared fresh daily. Most ingredients are sourced locally. Salads range from $6.95 to $8.95. Protein and other add-ons around $2. Don’t be deceived by the size of the containers the salads are large. There are serving plates and utensils adjacent to the machine in wooden containers.
Other non-mall options
Labriola Café and Bakery, 535 N. Michigan Ave., 312-955-3100. New everything on the menu under $15.