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.
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When it gets really cold, like it is right now, workers in Chicago take advantage of one of the city's little known assets: the Pedway. This mostly underground path—with a few covered pedestrian bridges thrown in—allows workers to shuffle to and from work without getting battered by the elements. As I found out, you can also eat down there.
River North, the neighborhood just north of the Chicago River, has no shortage of exceptional restaurants. But eating cheaply here is a totally different prospect, one that requires planning and some serious detective skills.
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.
The first time I ever had pretzel bread was, in fact, at Hannah's Bretzel, where I was fascinated by the idea that you could magically blend the two together. Because that's how they do it, right? Magic? I picture roguishly handsome David Copperfield taking bread and a soft pretzel, putting them into his magic box, and then all of a sudden 89 doves fly out of it, all carrying wonderful, wonderful pretzel bread.
Here are the ten most popular A Sandwich a Day posts from out short stint here in 2011. Turns out I completely underestimated Chicago's sandwich scene, as there are great sandwiches in just about every neighborhood. The diversity was also striking. Sandwiches were overloaded and excessive, or sleek and minimal.
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.
With four Loop locations, this "Über Sandwich Maker" (as they like to call themselves), focuses on organic ingredients, whole-grain, freshly baked bread, and authentic and imported meats.