While you like to try every new restaurant that opens in Chicago, it can be hard to knock the pricey eateries off your list. The solution? Take advantage of some of the excellent lunch deals available around town. Not only will you get a break from your everyday sandwich, you’ll get to sample top tier restaurants for a fraction of the regular price.
800 North Michigan Ave.
Lunch Hours: Mon – Fri 11:20 am – 2 pm; Sun 11:15 am – 2:30 pm
Breakfast Hours: Mon – Fri 6:30 am – 10:30 am; Sat 7 am – 11 am; Sun 7 am – 10:30 am
Dinner Hours: Sun – Frid 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Stop into the newly refurbished NoMI Kitchen in the Park Hyatt Hotel for fresh fare made with products sourced from local farmers, cheese makers, ranchers, bakers and artisans. Notable features include a cheese cave and outdoor terrace, along with specially commissioned artwork on the walls. For an affordable taste of NoMI’s cuisine, check out the Kitchen Counter, a choice of English pea soup, tomato and burrata salad or chicken panini, served with a seasonal tart for $23.
18 South Michigan Ave.
Mon – Fr 11 am – 11 pm; Sat – Sun 5 pm – 11 pm
Henri, which offers French-influenced American cuisine, is a fine-dining powerhouse. The beautiful space is ideal for taking a breather while sight-seeing in the Loop. Try the three course prix fixe lunch menu, which will set you back just $25. Choose from appetizers like smoked steak tartare, foie gras, or a salad; a second course like roasted chicken or a burger; and finish with crème brûlée, ice cream, or sorbet.
619 West Randolph
Lunch Hours: Mon – Fri 11:30 am – 2 pm
Dinner Hours: Mon – Thurs 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm; Fri – Sat 5:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Head to Paul Kahan’s pristine restaurant for local, seasonal ingredients cooked with modern techniques. Pop in for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and you’ll only drop $22 for a three course lunch. Choose from items pulled from the lunch and dinner menus like asparagus soup, roasted chicken and sausage, and wood-grilled sturgeon. Finish with a vanilla parfait or chocolate ganache.
Café des Architectes
20 East Chestnut St.
Lunch Hours: Mon – Fri 11:30 am – 3 pm
Breakfast Hours: Mon – Sun 6 am – 11:30 am
Brunch Hours: Sat – Sun 11:30 am – 5 pm
Afternoon Snack Hours: Mon – Fr 3 pm – 5 pm
Dinner Hours: Mon – Sun 5 pm – 11 pm
Indulging in contemporary French fare doesn’t have to take all afternoon. Head to Café des Architectes, where executive chef Greg Biggers offers classic and contemporary French flavors in a 30 Minute Executive Lunch special, which costs $22. Choose from salads, soups, entrees like a smoked salmon pastrami club or braised pork belly, and finish with Parisian pastries.
10 W. Hubbard St.
Lunch Hours: Mon – Fri 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Dinner Hours Sun – Thurs 5pm – 10 pm; Fri – Sat 5 pm – 11 pm
Vermilion offers Latin-Indian fusion, so expect a flavorful mix of choices on its $24 three course prix fixe lunch menu. Rotating weekly, the menu offers a choice of dishes, including a salad, entrée (past offerings have included cranberry chutney salmon and ginger mojito chicken), and the chef’s dessert of the day. Vermilion offers an escapist vibe, making it an ideal getaway when you just can’t handle one more office meeting.