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 $6.
America’s Dog, 22 E. Randolph (312) 345-0100. You can order any burger of dog without the fries for $2 less. Also They’re a part of the Ritual app. Get $10 for signing up. They are also part of Spring Rewards. Sign up and get $50.
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. They’re a part of the Ritual app. Get $10 for signing up.
Block 37, 108 N. State Street
- Dia De Los Tamales, Pedway, 312.255.7426. They’re a part of the Ritual app. Get $10 for signing up.
- 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. They’re a part of the Ritual app. Get $10 for signing up.
- 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.
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.
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.
Frontera Fresco – Macy’s, 111 North State Street, Seven on Seven, 7th Floor, 312-781-1000. This outlet from Rick Bayless offers tacos, soups, tortas, and salads. Prices range from $4 for a taco to a $14 salad. Tues. 11AM-2PM: $7 for two tacos and a beverage including “house lemonade” which is delicious. Grab a rewards card at check out, register online and get $5 free. Earn $5 for every $50 spent.
Halal Guys, 172 N. Wabash Ave. (312) 374-3255 Wraps, gyros and rice and meat platters.
I Dream of Falafel, 112 West Monroe Street (btw Clark and LaSalle), (312) 263-4363. Plates start at $8.
Intelligensia Coffee, 53 E. Randolph (312) 920-9332. F-Sunday 8AM until they run out. Cemitas Puebla tacos $3.50-$4.50.
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 $10.
Miller’s Pub, 134 S. Wabash, (312) 263-4988. Salads, burgers $10-$14. I haven’t been there since the remodeling.
Nando’s Peri Peri, 117 E. Lake (312) 729-5340 and 22 S. Wabash, (312) 589-7432. Flame grilled chicken, hot sauce. Yum.
Oasis Cafe, 21 N. Wabash (btw Washington and Madison), 312-558-1058 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. Deli items available for a “picnic” or assembled meal. There’s a couple of tables so plan on takeaway. They’re a part of the Ritual app. Get $10 for signing up.
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. They’re a part of the Ritual app. Get $10 for signing up.
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 $7 and deep dish for $8.
Revival Food Hall, 125 S. Clark St, Food hall with 15 fast-casual stalls all are good more info here. Most of their stalls are a part of the Ritual app. Get $10 for signing up. Lines are heinous at lunch. Grab a table, order your food from Ritual and take turns going up to pick up your orders.
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. Check your receipt for an offer to get $5 off your next order of $20 or more.
Toni’s Patisserie & Cafe, 65 E. Washington Street (btw Michigan and Wabash), 312-726-2020. Pastries, soups, salads and sandwiches from $7-14. Soup and 1/2 sandwich $10.