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.
2021 update: The following info may not be correct. I haven’t been to any of these places in over a year. And I haven’t been out looking for new deals in over a year. I have deleted all the locations that have closed. I have also started going out again so I will republish this once I have more info. Thank you for your patience.
900 N. Michigan Avenue
Adorn, Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E. Delaware Place. M-F 4PM-6PM.
Half off select bar bites and select wine, beer, and cocktails. Menu on website. Allium will be closed from December 11 to February 3, 2020. The hotel is closing for remodeling. They will operate a pop-up restaurant from February 4-May 25, 2020.
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. John Hancock Center 875 N. Michigan Ave, Dos Toros Taqueria Temporarily or permanently closed.
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. Join Lettuce Entertain You’s Frequent Diner Club. Use my link and get $10 free! (I also get $10 after you dine. Thank you.) Temporarily or permanently closed.
Freshii Ground floor in the back of the mall.
Healthy sandwiches, wraps, soups, smoothies, juice. Temporarily or permanently closed.
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. Join Lettuce Entertain You’s Frequent Diner Club. Use my link and get $10 free! (I also get $10 after you dine. Thank you.)
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, Permanently closed.
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. Join Lettuce Entertain You’s Frequent Diner Club. Use my link and get $10 free! (I also get $10 after you dine. Thank you.)
Shops at North Bridge 520 N. Michigan Avenue
Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen: 55 E. Grand. 312-999-9300. M-F 4PM-6PM. Food $4-$13; Booze $3-10. This is a great deal. The website is wrong. Happy Hour is not Sun-Fri at 55 E. Grand or 100 E. Walton. Menu on website. For a limited time join their B Loyal rewards program and get $10.
Eataly, 43 East Ohio Street, Second floor, 312-521-8700. Ravioli & Company is on Ritual. Join Ritual Get $10 for signing up
4th floor, 312-327-2300. Vending machine that serves fresh daily, healthy salads. Salads under $10. 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.Temporarily or permanently closed.
Nordstrom, Habitant, 2nd Floor, (312) 464-1515 M-F 3-6PM.
Select food and drink specials including $8 bourbon. Happy Hour currently not available.
Cheap mall eats North Michigan Avenue – Other non-mall options
Bongiorno’s Cucina Italiana & Pizzeria , 405 N. Wabash (312) 755-1255 Not in a mall.
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 (closed) 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
Happy Hours are a great way to get a light dinner and not break the bank. River North Happy Hours Streeterville Happy Hours