True Food Kitchen is a great spot in River North to grab something healthy during the week, especially after working out at one of the many boutique studios nearby. Seriously, we have to hand it to their real estate agent since about 71% of people who frequent gyms within a few block radius of this place are jonesing for something healthy nearby after the spin class they just took. And not only is the healthy food at True Food Kitchen is pretty good, but the space is massive so there’s usually not a problem getting a seat. It’ll give you exactly what you’re looking for, and you can even get a glass of wine if it’s been that kind of a day.
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The Smith is a chain restaurant from New York. It’s a good place to get together when food isn’t the most important aspect of the night.
Ēma is a small plates Mediterranean restaurant in River North, and it’s good for a lot of occasions.
Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap
Jake Melnick’s is all about the wings. Firecracker wings in particular.
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Spinning J is an excellent bakery and soda fountain in Humboldt Park that has housemade sodas, fresh baked pies, and sandwiches.
Publican Quality Meats (PQM)
PQM is an excellent little cafe. We only wish it stayed open later.
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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.
The Little Beet Table
Little Beet is a good spot for a sensible meal in a nice but not over-the-top Gold Coast setting.
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