We're always looking for alternatives in the Loop to fast food.
So recently I decided to hop on the train with my son and track
down a few of the best places to go when you've had enough of
We were introduced to Pret a Manger, the organic, freshly made
sandwich and soup venue in London two years ago, where there's a
'Pret' on every corner. They make a wide variety of food daily and
leftovers are donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. My
son loves the Salmon Snack Box and Blueberry and Honey Yogurt,
while I munch on the Egg Florentine Toastie. The staff is helpful
and you can "grab and go" or sit and eat. Avoid the Loop lunch rush
hour-a little early or a little later is your best bet. Pret A
Manger has several new Chicago locations and one in Evanston.
A drink at Argo Tea is a refreshing treat, and kids who are new
to the beverage will find plenty here to love, from tea/juice
sparklers to Bubble teas with chewy tapioca at the bottom or
smoothies like the Red Velvet-red tea, raspberries and white
chocolate. Most locations have seating, but if you have a stroller,
be aware that seating-and bathrooms!-are often on the second floor.
Argo Tea has several Chicago-area location.
My son's favorite meal spot for years has been the Marketplace
food court in the basement of Marshall Fields. It went through a
rough patch when Macy's took over the store, but in recent visits
it has improved and once again makes a great place to grab
I don't recommend the grill (slow service, so-so food), but two
sections can't be beat: The salad bar with fresh ingredients put
together to your specs, and the old-fashioned "comfort foods."
They've always been the real attraction here and all of them are
kid-friendly: mac 'n' cheese, chicken breast tenders, mashed
potatoes, pot pie and gravy. My son will eat a real meal and still
have room for a stop at the candy department, also located in the
basement. A bag of penny candy for him and a designer chocolate for
me and we're fortified to hop back on the train for home. Macy's
Marketplace is located on the lower level at 111 N. State St.,
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