There are tourist sites that Chicagoans love to hate (looking at you, Navy Pier), and then there are those we simply love. Millennium Park is definitely in the latter camp.
'I Dream of Falafel' on Serious Eats
As the hub of Chicago, The Loop has no shortage of places to find a bite to eat. But not all of us are stock brokers or businessmen with expense accounts, nor do we have the time to sit through coursed out menus. Most of us just need something to eat quickly, and we'd like to find a place that's good and cheap.
The crispy orange stained exterior houses a creamy and well-spiced interior where "sweet" is the operative word. A quick dip in one of the many house-made sauces results in a bite that is more balanced than the sum of its parts.
We're not that interested in diets, but if you're looking for an area to load on lunchtime vegetables, downtown is a surprisingly good place to do so. In fact, though we may be famous for deep dish and overloaded hot dogs, one of the most common dishes to found downtown is a vegetarian dish. We speak of falafel.
If you're in the mood for Mediterranean food for lunch that doesn't cost an arm, a leg, or a kidney, I Dream of Falafel will fill that fried-chickpea-hole in your heart. And if you're not in the mood for chickpeas, they have lots of meat too.