16 Mar 2018

Spring Break 2018: Chicago Foodies Play-cation


Weekend Planner

If the way to your heart is through your stomach then this foodie themed playcation is for you. Hop on the South Shore Line and head to Chicago where your family can take in the sights and sounds and grab some of our favorite family-friendly Chicago cuisine.

With our Chicago Stations located within walking distance or a quick Uber, cab or CTA ride from many of Chicago’s best restaurants, it could not be any easier for you and your family to make Chicago your Spring Break Play-cation destination! And, with our kids ride free spring break promotion running from blank to blank where up to 3 kids under 14 ride free on all South Shore Line trains, your mouth watering getaway has never been more affordable.

Whether breakfast, lunch, dinner or a sugary treat, we have you covered with these amazing restaurants!

Looking for an amazing Breakfast?  Look no further than “Uncle Lou’s Kitchen.”  Lou Mitchell’s is not only a Chicago institution, but also recognized nationally and internationally with endless accolades. Among the list are USA Today, American Way, newspapers, magazines, food critics, television. “It’s a must see place.”  http://www.loumitchells.com/

 Grand Lux Café:  Love the Cheesecake Factory, but hate the fact that you could bake your own faster than you can get a table?  Grand Lux is for you!  Owned by the same owner as the Cheesecake Factory, you will recognize some of the same great dishes and out of this world desserts without the huge wait. http://www.grandluxcafe.com/

• Little Goat:  If milkshakes and out-of-this-world waffles are up your little goat’s alley, this will be a family hit! Hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches and much more makes this a great lunch spot for kids of all ages. http://littlegoatchicago.com/

• Sprinkles Cupcakes:  First opening in Beverly Hills in 2005, these cupcakes bring a little of the LA LA Land magic to downtown Chicago. In true Beverly Hills style, these delicious cupcakes will have you swiping your card in the cupcake ATM with a smile. We especially love the look on kids faces when they watch their cupcake served up from an ATM. http://sprinkles.com/

• Situated in one of Al Capone’s old haunts is the famed Pizza and Oven Grinder.  Enjoy a unique twist on Chicago pizza with their signature pizza pot pies.  Although our team loves the pizza, we find the bread and salad even more delectable.  Be sure to get their early to get your name on the list.  This place stays true to its mafia roots and only takes cash, so hit an ATM on your way.  http://chicagopizzaandovengrinder.com/

• Let your sweet tooth run wild at the Sugar Factory – Chicago River North.  Created by a team of world-class chefs, the menu selections include everything from pancakes and sweet and savory crepes to salads, burgers, steaks and shakes, all available throughout the day. This celebrity favorite is sure to satisfy any sweet-tooth craving. Signature treats include famous celebrity-endorsed Couture Pops, Candy-Infused Martinis, Smoking Candy Goblets available with or without spirits and the one-and-only King Kong Sundae. https://sugarfactory.com/

• Bongo Room:  This breakfast spot marches to the beat of its own drum.  Famous for its amazing breakfast burritos and its unbelievable pancake and French toast selection, breakfast is about to become your favorite meal of the day.  The banana and praline pancakes our among our favorites. Bring your friends, a hearty appetite, and a pair of stretchy pants. http://thebongoroom.com/

• Velvet Taco:  Get a taste of Texas in downtown Chicago.  Everything you love about Texas served on a taco shell -  steak, pork, chicken and more makes their unique combination of tacos as hard to pass up as a big belt buckle in Texas. https://velvettaco.com/

• Giordano’s:  Oodles of cheese baked in a golden crust makes this Chicago Style pizza one of a kind. When your pizza requires a fork, you know it’s going to be good! https://giordanos.com/

• Looking for an amazing Breakfast?  Look no further than “Uncle Lou’s Kitchen.”  Lou Mitchell’s is not only a Chicago institution, but also recognized nationally and internationally with endless accolades. Among the list are USA Today, American Way, newspapers, magazines, food critics, television. “It’s a must see place.”  http://www.loumitchells.com/

Here are some more places that are sure to please! 

• Nana Chicago: http://nanaorganic.com/

 Lowcountry: https://www.lowcountrychicago.com/

• Park Grill: https://www.parkgrillchicago.com/

 Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta: http://www.pizanoschicago.com/

• Molly’s Cupcakes: http://www.mollyscupcakes.com/chicago/home.aspx

• Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique: https://www.sugarblisscakes.com/

 Firecakes Donuts: http://firecakesdonuts.com/

• The Italian Village:  https://italianvillage-chicago.com/