There are many fabulous restaurants throughout the Loop but many don’t qualify as affordable. Following are the best quality and best value options. All information was verified at the time of this post and can change without notice.. Unless stated otherwise all prices are estimates and don’t include beverage, tax and tip. Cheers!
Al’s Beef, 234 S. Wabash Ave. (south of Adams), (312) 360-0022. Little 4 inch beef $4.85.
Ba Le 166 W Washington St. (btw LaSalle and Wells), (312) 346-3971. Banh mi sandwichs $6-$9, noodle salads $8.
Bank of America, Vault Cafeteria, 135 S LaSalle St. This basement cafeteria offers an enormous hot food and salad bar 46 cents per ounce in June 2016.
Blackwood BBQ, 233 N. Michigan, (Illinois Center) (312) 487-4802. Pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches, bowls, plates or in a salad. Prices $8 to $10.
Block 37, 108 N. State Street
- Farmer’s Fridge, Block 37 108 N. State Street (at Washington), 312-261-4700, Location: Pedway/Lower Level. Farmer’s Fridge is a vending machine that serves fresh daily healthy salads $6.95 to $8.95.
- Gayle’s Best Grilled Cheese, Level 1, (312) 285-2202. Grilled cheese $6-9, soup $5-8.
- Latinicity, Block 37, 108 N. State Level 3, (312) 795-4444. Small serving sizes (and priced accordingly) so you’re able to try different things. Also ideal for sharing. Grab a tray and compose a meal from many different stations. They also have the brunch if you like to eat a lot of food.
- Loncheria, Block 37, 108 N. State, Pedway (lower) Level, (312) 795-4444. Tuesdays only 11AM-3PM BOGO tacos.
Broken English, 75 E. Lake, (312) 929.3601. Tuesday only 4-7PM. Select $2 tacos and beers. Tequila shot $3, house margarita $5, fruit margarita’s $6.
Cafecito, 7 North Wells Street at Madison, (312) 922-2233. Low cost Cubano sandwiches around $10.
Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, 174 N. Wabash, 312- 344-1695. Huge subs $9-10.
Chicago Food Truck Fest, The fests are weekly at Daley Plaza on Fridays and monthly at Willis Tower from March-October 11AM-3PM.
Emerald Loop, 216 N. Wabash (btw. Wacker Dr. and Lake) , 312-263-0200. Good pub food with daily, weekly and monthly food and drink specials. There’s a nice outdoor patio.
French Accent, 233 S. Wacker Drive, (312) 207 2340. Food court at the Willis Tower open M-F breakfast, lunch and dinner (until 8PM).
Frontera Fresco – Macy’s, 111 North State Street, Seven on Seven, 7th Floor, 312-781-1000. This outlet from Rick Bayless offers delicious tacos, soups, tortas, and salads. Prices range from $3 for a taco to a salad for $14. Everything is amazing. Lines can be long.
Goddess and the Baker, 33 S. Wabash (btw Madison and Monroe), 312.877.5176. And 225 N. LaSalle Items all around $10-14.
Good Stuff Eatery, 22 S. Wabash (btw Madison and Monroe), 312-854-3027. Burgers and salads under $9. A Farmhouse Cheeseburger, Fries & Fountain Soda. 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, Mon-Fri $9. Very good.
Halal Guys, 172 N. Wabash Ave. (312) 374-3255 Wraps, gyros and rice and meat platters.
Heaven on Seven, 111 N. Wabash (btw Randolph and Washington), 7th floor, 312-263-6443. New Orleans cooking institution. Everything under $14.
I Dream of Falafel, 112 West Monroe Street (btw Clark and LaSalle), (312) 263-4363. Plates start at $8.
M Burger, Atrium Mall (Thompson Center) , 100 W Randolph St, (312) 578-1478. Closed weekends. Simple menu of tasty burgers (around $5) and fries ($2).Naf Naf Grill, 326 N. Michigan Ave., 312-263-0019, 309 W Washington St., 312-251-9000, 28 S Wabash Ave, 312-726-6300. This chain has fresh-made falafel. Most pitas and bowls are under $8.
Miller’s Pub, 134 S. Wabash, (312) 263-4988. Salads, burgers $10-$14.
Nando’s Peri Peri, 22 S. Wabash, (312) 589-7432. Flame grilled chicken, hot sauce. Yum. You can get a large salad (chicken and kale etc.) or meal for around $12.
Oasis Cafe, 21 N. Wabash (btw Washington and Madison), 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 (btw Michigan and Wabash), 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 (btw Michigan and Wabash), 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 (btw Michigan and Wabash), 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 (btw Michigan and Wabash), 312-332-8111. Regular menu items are a little pricey although portions are large. Daily specials are the best deal.
Shake Shack, Chicago Athletic Assoc Hotel, 12 S Michigan Ave, 312-646-6005. Shack burger $5, crinkle fries $3 Concretes and shakes $4.50-$6.
Toni’s Patisserie & Cafe, 65 E. Washington Street (btw Michigan and Wabash), 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.
Spotted Monkey, 335 S. Franklin St. 312-285-2303. Asian-Latin fusion bao, tacos, pho and pozole $8-$13.
Zoup, 62 W. Adams Street, 312.470.9797. 12 soups daily. Lunch size soup $6.