18 Mar 2019


South Shore News

If the way to your heart is through your stomach then this foodie themed play-cation 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 cuisines.

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 March 23 to April 6, where up to 3 kids 13 years of age and under 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!

  • Toni Patisserie & Cafe: Looking for an amazing Breakfast?  Look no further! Just a quick walk from Millennium. Open at 9am, you are sure to be awakened by their seasonal treat for the whole family to enjoy! With quiche, yogurt parfaits, baguette sandwiches, scones, and croissants, you will certainly find something you will love from their wide variety of yummy breakfast foods. And, don’t forget the coffee to make you bright eyed and bushy tailed for the day ahead. http://www.tonipatisserie.com/

  • Wildberry Pancakes & Cafe: From Belgian waffles, panini & wraps to espresso and mocha beverages, they have all you could need to start your day. http://www.wildberrycafe.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/

  • Pizza and Over Grinder: This famed spot is situated in one of Al Capone’s old haunts. 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/

  • Sugar Factory: Let your sweet tooth run wild at the Chicago River North location. 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/

  • R.J. Grunts: Just a quick walk from the Lincoln Park Zoo. R.J. Grunts has food for the whole family including burgers, wings, shakes, and a wide variety of appetizers!! http://www.rjgruntschicago.com/?utm_source=tripadvisor&utm_medium=referral

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/