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Wednesday, 09 November 2011 13:59

6 Best Places for a Work Lunch

Written by  Cecilia Ehlenbach
Puck's Cafe at MCA Chicago Puck's Cafe at MCA Chicago

Many people think business lunches mean visits to a fancy area steakhouse, and while this is the classic setting for the power lunch (and certainly a delicious choice), there are other downtown lunch spots at which to “close the deal” without breaking the bank.

Business Lunch in Downtown Chicago

Hannah’s Bretzel

With several locations throughout the downtown area, this casual spot serves up organic and gluten-free sandwiches, soups, and salads. Our favorites: the vegetable barley soup and the Spanish Serrano ham and manchego cheese sandwich. Plus Hannah’s has reasonable lunch combos so you can sample multiple items off the menu. Locations available here.

Monk’s Pub

For an old-fashioned lunchtime public house experience, try Monk’s Pub. With its traditional pub food, like burgers and Italian beef, turkey club, and BLT sandwiches, Monk’s is sure to please everyone. And the atmosphere is perfect for some after-work drinks, too, if you want to continue the conversation you started over lunch. 205 W. Lake St.


Mercadito can add a little Latin flavor to any business meeting. Place an order for one of their amazing guacamoles, ceviches, or salsas to share (we especially recommend the dorado ceviche with mahi mahi and Asian pear). And have fun picking from amongst their taco and torta varieties—you’ll want to try them all. 108 W. Kinzie St.


To taste the food of a James Beard nominated chef, take your colleagues to Blackbird restaurant. Their lunch menu is imaginative and beautifully plated, something you don’t always see at the noontime meal. For a really good deal, do the 3-Course Prix Fixe Lunch with your choice of appetizer, entrée, and dessert. 619 W. Randolph St.

Feast Restaurant + Bar

Feast offers well-prepared classic sandwiches and salads like a Caesar salad with optional Amish chicken breast and a croque monsieur (country ham, swiss cheese, and grain mustard on sourdough; add an egg and you’ve got yourself a croque madame). Additionally, on Mondays and Tuesdays, they have 1/2 priced bottles of wine. 25 E. Delaware Pl.

Puck’s Café

Tucked away inside the Museum of Contemporary Art is Wolfgang Puck’s bistro. With a seasonal lunch menu, Puck’s serves wonderful pizzas like its wild mushroom pizza with leek and eggplant and delicious and very filling chicken dumplings. Who knows, if lunch ends early maybe there will even be time to pop in and see a little art. 220 E. Chicago Ave.