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Artists Café

Restaurants, American Loop
Photograph: Max Herman Artists' Cafe

Time Out says

You’ll be lured in to this diner by the bright vintage sign, the novelty of eating in the Fine Arts Building and the cute art-school servers. Inside, you’ll find a restaurant as old-school as Doug E. Fresh, complete with a bakery case full of pie. But skip those trucked-in desserts: The best bets here are the no-frills breakfast of eggs and bacon; a generous grilled cheese on thick multigrain with hot, Parmesan-sprinkled chips; and a seat on the sidewalk patio.



Address: 412 S Michigan Ave
Cross street: between Van Buren St and Congress Pkwy
Transport: El stop: Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Adams, Red to Jackson (Red). Bus: 1, 3, 4, 7, 14.
Price: Average main course: $9
Opening hours: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
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A quieter and affordable restaurant on Michigan with a great view of Congress Ave. in Grant Park.

I went here because I didn't want to spend a lot of money and just wanted a standard menu. That is exactly what I got at Artist's cafe. My wife and I had a Reuben and Monte Cristo sandwich and they were good but did not go above and beyond. The shoe string fries were the highlight and I'd eat here as a regular just for those.

I recommend Artist's Cafe if you don't want to get gouged for standard food like the restaurants further North on Michigan. There also isn't a ton of foot traffic here either. You can see the park and have a conversation without yelling.