Cheap eats around Millennium Park Chicago.If you’re not in the mood to cook or are heading straight from the office to a Millennium Park concert here’s some reasonably priced options for a great picnic in the park.
Intelligensia Coffee, 53 E. Randolph (312) 920-9332. F-Sunday 8AM until they run out. Cemitas Puebla tacos $3.5-$4.50.
Mariano’s Fresh Market, 333 E Benton Place (Enter off Randolph Street behind 340 E. Randolph Condo building). 312-228-1349
Mariano’s is a full service grocery store. On the fourth floor there’s the salad bar, hot bar, pizza, silverware and the butcher department where they will grill any meat you purchase from behind the counter. Wine and other adult beverages are on the third floor. Also if the check out on the fourth floor is crowded run down the stairs or take the elevator and check out on three.
Mezcalina Modern Mexican, 333 East Benton Place #100, 312.240.5000. Enter the Village Shops behind the 340 E. Randolph condo building. Take the escalator to the ground floor and exit the building, turn left. It’s in the corner before the street curves. Decent Mexican food.
Pastoral Artisan Cheese Bread & Wine, 53 E. Lake, 312-658-1250. Large gourmet sandwiches and salads many under $10. Deli items available for a “picnic” or assembled meal. They’re a part of the Ritual app. Get $10 for signing up.
Pizano’s, 61 East Madison Street, (312) 236-1777. Grab to go individual pizza’s for $8 at the counter west of the main entrance.
Toni’s Patisserie & Cafe, 65 E. Washington Street, 312-726-2020. Soups, salads and large sandwiches from $8-14.
Walgreens, 30 N Michigan Ave, (312) 332-3540. Sodas, adult beverages, portable chairs, standard Walgreens offerings etc.
MingHin Cuisine, 333 East Randolph St., 312.228.1333. BYOB. $8 lunch specials (M-F from opening until 5PM except holidays) that are enough for two meals. 20% off the entire menu at Happy Hour M-F 2:30-5PM (yes those hours are correct) except holidays.