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Piano Terra

Restaurants, Italian Grant Park

Good food comes from quality ingredients—but not necessarily quality ingredients alone. This is the lesson learned at Piano Terra, a food cart stationed in one of the Art Institute's lovely and peaceful public gardens. Here, visitors are instructed to design their own salads or sandwiches with ingredients sourced from a Rolodex of nearby farms. The results (e.g., chopped chicken with pea shoots, radishes and goat cheese on focaccia) are worth the few extra bucks you'll pay in comparison to a chain, but the chocolate-dipped semifreddo and tarragon-assaulted chips aren't worth depleting your lunch budget.


Venue name: Piano Terra
Address: 125 E Monroe St
Cross street: at Michigan Ave
Opening hours: Lunch (weather dependent; typically open June–October)
Transport: El stop: Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Adams, Red to Monroe.
Price: Average salad: $9
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