If you would like to visit a neighborhood coffee shop that doesn’t have its own app or an entire pumpkin spice agenda, go to The Spoke & Bird. This spot near McCormick Place has a nice outdoor patio and a short food menu that includes sandwiches and salads, plus they serve beer, wine, and cocktails.
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Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen
Manny’s has been the classic Jewish deli in Chicago for 75 years, and it’s still serving great food.
Lobo Rey is a Mexican restaurant in the South Loop serving decent tacos, but not much else.
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Mortar and Pestle
Mortar and Pestle is a cute daytime only restaurant menu in Lakeview with mostly interesting things on the menu.
Parson’s Chicken & Fish
Parson’s Fried Chicken & Fish serves good fried chicken on the best patio in town. This is an excellent hangout spot when it’s nice outside.
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3 Greens Market
3 Greens Market has a lot going on: Small Cheval burgers, Dillman’s pastrami, salad bar, coffee, booze, and ping pong. Feel free to hang out.
3 Arts Club Cafe
Three Arts Cafe is a beautiful restaurant inside the atrium of the RH store. This place is one of a kind and a great afternoon hang.
Cafe Marie-Jeanne is an all-day French cafe in Humboldt Park with a cozy, neighborhood feel.
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