I'm temporarily back in Chicago (where I grew up) for the next 2 months and want to explore as much of the foodie (and shopping) scene as I can. Technically, I'm from the suburbs, so even though I know the city better than a lot of suburbians, I still don't know it as well as I'd like. Having mapped out places I'd like to try, I seem to not have many places in the neighborhoods I enjoy the most.
I usually explore Wicker Park, Lakeview/Wrigleyville, the downtown (Michigan Ave, etc) area, and Lincoln Park. I have a few Mexican joints along N. Ashland and N. Milkwaukee in Wicker Park. I'm mostly looking for cheap/affordable (less tahn $20/person) lunch spots, but also open to dinner spots and pubs (i.e. similar to Hopleaf, Hop Haus, etc) if I'm in the area at night. Ideas for a solo luncher would be nice too. I really don't have any cuisine preferences - I'm really open to anything. Lastly, places to grab a snack or dessert would be nice too!
For more specific locations - the areas I mostly need recs for are the Belmont&Clark area and the Halsted&Armitage area. Areas within walking distance of these and/or appropriate for a young adult type are certainly welcome as well. Nearest L stops will also be helpful. I just moved from NYC, so as long as it's in a safe and pedestrian friendly area, I'm willing to walk far from those above intersections.
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