Sweetgreen, the powerhouse salad chain, finally made it’s way to Chicago with a first store in River North. It’s basically the gold standard for fast casual salad chains, and there’s a reason why. The store itself smells like a fresh vegetable delivery, and the ability to customize your own salad with a number of great ingredients for around $12 is tough to beat. Sweetgreen is usually a carry-out situation, but there are a few tables if you’re trying to take a seat. This is what healthy food is supposed to taste like and cost.
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Torchio Pasta Bar
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