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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Oh, Snarf's. What a silly name you have. As is the standard these days, the sandwiches are toasted. But, wait! Hasn't a massive local chain already cornered the toasted sandwich scene in the Loop?
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.
What the Snarf's chicken salad sandwich ($5.50 for 5"; $10.50 for 12") lacks in presentation and finesse it makes up for it in flavor. Thanks to the warm, crunchy, and chewy baguette, this is one of my favorite renditions of chicken salad in Chicago—sorry Potbelly's.