Artists Café

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Artists Café
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Artists' Cafe

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.


Venue name: Artists Café
Address: 412 S Michigan Ave
Cross street: between Van Buren St and Congress Pkwy
Opening hours: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
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
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