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#274 of 7,678 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Magnificent Mile
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835 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-2203
+1 312-335-3663
08:00 - 20:30
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Sun 08:00 - 19:00
Mon - Thu 08:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 20:30
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Dublin, Ireland
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313 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an interesting concept - lots of different food offerings all under one roof - you get a credit card , charge everything you pick up too the card including drinks - wine /beer etc and at the end on check out you pay. The food was good -I had ribs , but you can have pasta, chicken ,... More 

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Palatine, Illinois
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166 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You cannot say there are not enough choices at Foodlife- something for every palate. My daughter loves the pasta, my son the Mexican, me the stir fry...and everyone is happy! Great place for a break from WT....

Thank James C
Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

My family went to Foodlife this past Saturday. We go about every 2months or so. We are always seated very quickly even though it's located in the very busy Water Tower Place Mall on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. Your are individually given cards to swipe once you've chosen which restaurant you will eat from. There's such a large variety of foods... More 

Thank 3mom51
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93 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

With 5 of us to feed who all like different food, this was an amazing choice. Grab a carton and fill it with whatever you like. All the food was delicious. Good selection of wine too.

Thank Claint5
United States
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

We all love it! It's great that you have 14 different kitchens to choose from. My Thai Chicken Curry with steamed rice was up to par while my kids different pasta dishes actually got a compliments from them to the chef. They even ordered extra to go meals after a full dinner. One of the kids even said that it's... More 

Thank P T
Chicago, Illinois
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154 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

With so many food stations or mini-restaurants, this is a great place to make your entire family happy. We dined there last night..3 people had stir-fry, one had bbq, one had vegetarian and 2 had sushi. Everyone was happy. Good beer selection...not your basic boring domestics. Pretty big desserts, also.

Thank joshua916
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

I think this store is perfect for a little meal while at the mall. Some of the lines were just too long or simply did not have everything that our group wanted. This is a little foodcourt within a foodcourt. We were able to put together a small meal for the kids as well as the adults and pay by... More 

Thank PinkWilson
Casa Grande, Arizona
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154 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

When taking the family to Chicago, it is always where to go and what to eat. So many choices. We tried this spot that was the perfect answer. Whether you want pasta dishes, salad, ribs, burgers, stir fry, everybody can have exactly, what the want. Everybody gets a charge card and wanders around to find what they want. The food... More 

Thank Woodguy21
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31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Great concept. If you can't find something you like here, then you are not hungry. Enjoy your meal by the windows and enjoy the view!

Thank 285bobc
Chicago, Illinois
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

It's fun! Great choices at reasonable prices. Most of he dishes I've tried are pretty good actually, The variety can't be beat. It gets crowded, but it's a fun stop if you have time for a sit down meal.

Thank dherlich

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 835 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-2203
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Magnificent Mile
  • Neighbourhood: Magnificent Mile
  • Phone Number: +1 312-335-3663

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Magnificent Mile
Over 400 stores pack the concrete along Michigan Avenue, the eight-block stretch known as Magnificent Mile. This area between Oak Avenue and the Chicago River is more a shopping paradise than a full-out neighborhood. For prime upscale shopping, this is the place to go. It’s busy, energetic, and packed with shoppers. You'll also find hundreds of restaurants and dozens of hotels, all on the mid- to high-end scale. Some of the city’s most iconic buildings like the Wrigley Building, John Hancock Center and other architectural marvels define the magnificence of this neighborhood.
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