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Local Experts: Chicago, Amy Tara Koch

By Local Expert Amy Tara Koch

Best Lunch Spots in Chicago

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Ikram Cafe

Ikram Cafe

In Chicago, top-tier style mavens have a singular shopping destination: Ikram. On the second floor of this high-end shop is a café serving up farm-to-table dishes and stellar people watching. Dig in to your roasted salmon with kale and watch the parades of a-list Chicagoans take their seats for lunch.

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RL Restaurant

RL Restaurant

Ralph Lauren's fashion vision is perfectly parlayed into food at this classically clubby restaurant. The crisp martinis and American menu (think steak Diane, cobb salad, and filets) are part of the draw. But, it’s the proximity to banquet mates like Oprah, Beyonce and Jay Z, and Billy Joel that keep the power lunchers coming back. 

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Purple Pig

Purple Pig

There are many small-plate Italian enotecas in town. But only one features the tagline “cheese, wine, and swine.” A porcine paradise, menu standouts include balsamic braised pork tails, “smears” of pork neck rilette, and sow’s ear. There are rich and flavorful non-pork options as well, plus an extensive wine list.

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Little Goat Diner

Little Goat Diner

Top Chef and James Beard-award winner Stephanie Izard loves comfort food. She celebrates the concept of the old-school American diner with a massive menu filled with upscale versions of greasy-spoon classics like biscuits and gravy, corn beef hash, and patty melts. Try the smoked pork and toffee milkshake.

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Parson's Chicken & Fish

Parson's Chicken & Fish

This tiny paen to street food doles out killer iterations of fried chicken and fish. First order a slushy Negroni. Then, swan dive into a bucket of buttermilk fried chicken seasoned with garlic, cayenne, and smoked paprika paired with a side of hamhock and cream cheese-filled hush puppies. Finish with funnelcake topped with green peppercorn brittle.


Visit the Best Lunch Spots in Chicago

Parson's Chicken & Fish
2952 W Armitage Ave (btwn N Humboldt & N Richmond), Chicago, IL 60647, United States
9.3/10

People like this place

Fried Chicken Joint
2
Little Goat Diner
820 W Randolph St (at Green St), Chicago, IL 60607, United States
9.4/10

People like this place

Diner
2
Purple Pig
500 N Michigan Ave (at W Illinois St.), Chicago, IL 60611, United States
9.3/10

People like this place

Mediterranean Restaurant
3
RL Restaurant
115 E Chicago Ave (at Michigan Ave), Chicago, IL 60611, United States
9.2/10

People like this place

American Restaurant
4
Ikram Cafe
15 E Huron St (btwn N State St & N Wabash Ave), Chicago, IL 60611, United States
8.2/10

People like this place

Boutique
0
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