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Lou Mitchell's Restaurant

#19 of 8,179 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
West Loop
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565 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60661-5701
(312) 939-3111
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5:30 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:30 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • Food
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  • Value
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    4 of 5 stars
The beginning of our Route 66 experience.

Everyone said you had to stop at Lou Mitchell's at the start of Route 66, so we did. It was very cute inside. The waitress gave us a donut hole to start before seating us. She was supposed to give us Milk Duds too. She forgot I guess, everyone else had them and we had to ask. I had a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Mahomet, Illinois
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Staten Island, New York
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21 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My friend and I went here while stranded in Chicago because of the NY snowstorm. This place is only open til 3pm like most of the downtown restaurants. I was not sure what I was expecting, but was sadly disappointed at the slow service and regular diner food. The portions were typical diner sized portions kinda big, but not enough... More 

Thank Bundy C
Mahomet, Illinois
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118 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Everyone said you had to stop at Lou Mitchell's at the start of Route 66, so we did. It was very cute inside. The waitress gave us a donut hole to start before seating us. She was supposed to give us Milk Duds too. She forgot I guess, everyone else had them and we had to ask. I had a... More 

Thank mer1264
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was our third visit. A must if you need to get a filling start to the day! Lou Mitchell's never disappoints. Good old fashioned American breakfast. Great atmosphere quirky staff and plenty to eat. If you like a fry up with all the extras this is your place.

Thank jolly333
Schaumburg, Illinois
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231 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Such a fun place for breakfast. There is always a wait to be seated, but people in line are treated to doughnut holes while waiting. The food is always fresh and served hot. We loved their fried potatoes and my friend said the corned beef hash was the best she'd ever eaten. Our only quibble was with the service. Our... More 

Thank bunky36669
Grand Blanc, Michigan
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I first breakfasted here in 2012 and have been back several times since, most recently yesterday. Lou Mitchell's continues to serve up hot, delicious high quality food with great service. Yesterday I ordered their corn beef hash with perfectly poached eggs, real old fashioned fried potatoes (not those horrible shredded frozen tasteless offerings that so many places call potatoes) and... More 

Thank james h
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Located right along Route 66 this is an excellent place for breakfast. The portions are huge, the food delicious and the price affordable. It is within walking distance of several attractions and the river. I would definitely recommend stopping in, don"?'t forget to enjoy the awesome donut holes handed out at the entrance.

Thank Alina P
Palatine, Illinois
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99 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

For early morning meeting in the Loop- Lou's is great. Food is good, nice selection of breakfast The hash browns are great. Never sure what to do with the prune though

Thank James C
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I got this restaurant as a recommendation from a friend. This is not a luxurious place, it is more like a family owned place. All portions are big enough to feed you for hours!! So if you plan to walk downtown Chicago, this breakfas will give you hours of walking and enjoying the place without worrying about eating again! I... More 

Thank fpitaf
Chicago, Illinois
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160 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came her a while back with some friends. A famous spot known for great baked goods and pastries, I was very happy with their pancakes and donut holes. Luckily, came late morning on a weekday so didn't have to deal with a line. One of the beater breakfast spots in Chicago.

Thank Michael K
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place for the breakfast and lunch , lot of choices , excellent food , great service , very attentive staff . Don't miss this place when in Chicago.

Thank Amjad S

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 565 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60661-5701
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > West Loop
  • Neighborhood: West Loop
  • Phone Number: (312) 939-3111

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Diner, Cafe, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in West Loop

Neighborhood Profile
West Loop
Fulton Market, Randolph Market, Jackson Boulevard and Greek Town make up the West Loop. The neighborhood is best known as the location of Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios, but this downtown neighborhood is also an up-and-coming spot for Chicago’s trendsetters. Several sub-neighborhoods within West Loop make this a unique neighborhood to visit. Dotted with factories and warehouses, West Loop is packed with various types of dining and nightlife options. If your timing is right, you can take part in neighborhood events like the West Loop Farmers Market, Craft Beer Fest, or the Randolph Street Market Festival.