Cheap mall eats North Michigan Avenue. If you’re hitting the malls along north Michigan Avenue there are certainly numerous chain restaurants that are affordable. Here are the good quality, lower-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.
900 N. Michigan Avenue
Allium, Four Season Hotel, 120 E. Delaware, 312-799-4900. Happy Hour M-F 4PM-6PM. Inside the 900 building take the elevator to the 7th floor. House white wine $6 and red $8, draft beer $5, well cocktails $6, bites $7-$12.
Aster Hall 5th and 6th Level (Full post): This is my new go-to place. Beautiful space, reasonably priced delicious food, booze!
Fooda Pop-up’s, 4th level, Monday-Friday 11:00AM – 3:00PM. Sign up for the Fooda and get $2.
John Hancock Center 875 N. Michigan Ave
I saw a sign for a Dos Toros Taqueria in November 2018 but it’s not open yet.
Water Tower Place 835 N. Michigan Ave
Foodease, Mezzanine Level, 312-335-3663, Foodease offers good self-serve food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The selection varies daily and includes 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. Some
Foodlife (lunch and dinner) Purchase food 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. You can order from the pizza counter and the coffee shop through Ritual. Ritual Get $10 for signing up
Freshii Ground floor in the back of the mall. Healty sandwiches, wraps, soups, smoothies, juice. This restaurant is on Ritual. Get $10 for signing up
M Burger, Part of Foodlife on the Mezzanine. Cheap and delicious burgers, fries and shakes. This restaurant is on Ritual. Get $10 for signing up
Mity Nice, Part of Foodlife on the Mezzanine. Reasonably priced comfort food. This restaurant is on Ritual. Get $10 for signing up
Taste Bar, Located in Macy’s, 1st floor in the back of the store across from the entrance to the Ritz-Carlton. Surprisingly good soups and sandwiches under $10. Macy’s website is so heinous I couldn’t find the menu,
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 around $8. There’s a seating area one level up on the adjacent escalator. This restaurant is on Ritual Get $10 for signing up
Shops at North Bridge 520 N. Michigan Avenue
Join Mall Shopper Rewards and you may receive offers for discounts at Eataly, Big Bowl, Joe’s Seafood, Doc B’s, Eddie V’s and more. Doc B’s and Eataly Ravioli Company are on Ritual. Ritual Get $10 for signing up
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 $8 and up. Protein and other add-ons are extra. There are serving plates and utensils adjacent to the machine in wooden containers.
Nordstrom, Habitant, 2nd Floor, (312) 464-1515 M-F 3-6PM. Select food and drink specials including $8 bourbon.
Other non-mall options
Bongiorno’s Cucina Italiana & Pizzeria , 405 N. Wabash (312) 755-1255 Not in a mall.
This is an excellent hidden gem I discovered through Ritual. Everything is excellent, pizza, pasta, soup, gelato etc. To get there from Michigan Avenue when heading south hang a right just past the Walgreens in the Wrigley building. You’ll be heading under the bridge between the two Wrigley towers. Go past the Beacon Tavern to the 405 N. Wabash condo building. Enter the Lobby it’s on the right. This restaurant is on Ritual Get $10 for signing up
Labriola Café and Bakery, 535 N. Michigan Ave., 312-955-3100. New everything on the menu under $15. This restaurant is on Ritual Get $10 for signing up