If your spending the day along State Street there are a surprising number of places to get a cheap meal. This post will cover the Chicago River on the north to Madison on the south and Wabash to the east. 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. Check the website links for hours before heading over.
Here are the good quality, low cost options:
There are four cheap options at Block 37 108 N. State Street, 312-261-4700. The dining area at the lower level of Block 37 has public tables available for dining.
Farmer’s Fridge Location: Pedway/Lower Level. Farmer’s Fridge is a vending machine that serves fresh daily healthy salads. Most ingredients are sourced locally. Salads range from $6.95 to $8.95. Protein and other add-ons are around $2. There are serving plates and utensils adjacent to the machine in wooden containers. Sign up online or in app and sometimes they offer 50% on your first purchase.
Latinicity, Level 3, (312) 795-4444. Latinicity is a food hall located in Block 37. Latinicity is set up where each person who enters is given a card which is swiped each time you collect food from a different kitchen. You pay when you exit. Seating isn’t reserved so you get to sit where you want. If it’s busy you may want to claim a table or seats at the bar before you head off and collect your food. They have the best brunch deal in town on Sundays.
Magnolia Bakery Ground Level Tel.: 312.346.7777. $3 muffins at breakfast. Delicious baked goods only.
Simply Thalia Location: Pedway/Lower Level. Asian fusion, wraps and rolls, French Asian sandwiches and curry dishes. $5 carry-out only lunch specials; other entrees $8-11.
Macy’s, 111 North State Street, Seven on Seven, 7th Floor, 312-781-1000. Frontera Fresco – This outlet from Rick Bayless offers delicious tacos, soups, tortas (sandwiches) and salads. Prices range from $4.5 for a taco or soup to a salad for $14. Everything is amazing. Lines can be long. Closes at 3PM.
Emerald Loop, 216 N. Wabash, 312-263-0200. Good pub food with daily, weekly and monthly food and drink specials. There’s a nice outdoor patio.
Goddess and the Baker, 33 S. Wabash, 312.877.5176. Lunch items all around $10. Delicious naan grilled cheese $9.
Good Stuff Eatery, 22 S. Wabash, 312-854-3027 Get the Prez Obama Burger $7.25. Most burgers under $9. Salads $7.50. A Farmhouse Cheeseburger, Fries & Fountain Soda. 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, Mon-Fri $9.
Heaven on Seven, 111 N. Wabash, 7th floor, 312-263-6443. New Orleans cooking institution. Everything under $14.
Oasis Cafe, 21 N. Wabash, 312-558-1058 This “hidden” gem, that everyone knows about, is located at the back of the Wabash Jewelers Mall. It offers good quality middle eastern food. Lines can get long and seating is competitive at lunch. $5-$9.
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. There’s a couple of tables so plan on takeaway.
Pittsfield Cafe 55 E. Washington, 312-641-1806. This is an old fashion coffee shop in the center of the Pittsfield Building. There’s a large menu. Prices range from $4 for a muffin to the most expensive item, a lox scramble, for $10. Most items are under $8.
Pizano’s 61 E. Madison Street, 312-236-1777. Delicious entrees and thin crust pizzas. Decent individual serving deep dish pizzas around $7.
Pizano’s Slice Shop, 59 E. Madison Street, 312-236-1777. This to-go place next door to the restaurant offers thin crust mini pizzas for under $5 and deep dish for $7.
Rudy’s Bar and Grille, 69 E. Madison Street, 312-332-8111. Soups, salads, sandwiches and “famous” burgers $4-$14. They are very crowded after work.
Toni’s Patisserie & Cafe, 65 E. Washington Street, 312-726-2020. In addition to pastries they offer soups, salads and sandwiches from $7-14. Soup and 1/2 sandwich $10. It can get crowded at lunch and on the weekends.