Is it possible to reconcile my child-like love of a sweeping view of Chicago with my totally reasonable desire to never eat terrible food?
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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.
With all that's on offer, it's easy to overlook the tamales on Frontera Fresco's menu.
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.
If you blew all your available cash scrimping and saving to get tickets to Lollapalooza this weekend in Chicago, don't worry. The area surrounding Grant Park is loaded with great food finds. We picked out ten of our favorite cheap eats to help you out.
When I told my coworkers that I was going to Macy's for lunch, some of them looked at me like I was crazy. No, I wasn't going to attempt to eat a Coach purse or eat a whole box of Frango mints for lunch (though if I'm drunk enough I'll eat anything). I thought everybody knew that there was a food court on the 7th floor of the Macy's building on State Street.
As ubiquitous as they may be, I'm not sure if there is a Chicago food less appreciated and understood than the tamale. Great ones are located all over the city, from Roger's Park to Gage Park. I could have kept going, but 16 felt like a good number.
State Street has changed, and as far as the food options are concerned, it has been for the better. There is now no need to visit this culinary hot spot and have to settle for a stale sandwich. Instead, snack on artisanally made ones, along with messy mac and cheese, and deep bowls of reviving ramen.