Lunch is a great way to experience Chicago's local flavor. In a full service restaurant, like the Loop's lively Dearborn Tavern or the contemporary Robata outpost of Roka Akor, you're likely to spend less money than at dinner while savoring the same deep flavors. Sit down or carry out healthy, delicious menu specials, sandwiches and salads, fresh-squeezed juices, robust coffee and beautiful pastries at any of the four Beatrix eateries.
If you want deep dish (or thin crust) pizza but can't wear elastic for the rest of the day, the Art of Pizza on State Street is your ticket to excellent slices. If there a Portillo's in the neighborhood, you're on your way to satisfying and authentic Chicago style hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches. Look for The Fat Shallot rolling by in truck, at Revival Food Hall or the new brick and mortar restaurant - the sandwiches are outstanding. Wow Bao offers comforting noodles, dumplings, rice dishes and the titular baos in just a couple of minutes. IAnd, it's right there in the name - Dove's Luncheonette.
If you have some time, explore Chinatown, Argyle Street, Pilsen, Greektown or the Polish "downtown" of West Town for authentic flavors, friendly people and low prices.