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#577 of 7,898 Restaurants in Chicago
#630 of 8,663 Places to Eat in Chicago
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Magnificent Mile
Mexican, Chinese, American
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835 N.Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 335-3663
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8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast

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Fun environment with good food right in the Water Tower Place mall.

Great fun looking at the variety of choices. Love the soup bar and the barbecue stand and the pasta area and everything else.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 4, 2015
Susan S
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 NEW

Great fun looking at the variety of choices. Love the soup bar and the barbecue stand and the pasta area and everything else.

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 NEW

We are frequent guests at food life. We love the concept of going around to the different stations and sampling the different food. We like to order a few things then spilt them up amongst ourselves. This most recent visit was lackluster for us. The food was just meh lacking either warmth or flavor. The service was friendly though. We... More 

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 NEW

The Pizza slice counter in the front of the food court: The employees are nice, the food is great, easy to pay. M Burger: Easy, decent food, pay there. Here is the worst part: The "system" for beyond the center entrance to the food court (which has good food) is very silly. A girl sits at a small table and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Very interesting concept basically each person receives a food card and you get to choose which type of food stand you want to order from. They had all types of food to choose from like bbq, salad and wraps, bake potato bar, chinese, grilled foods, tacos, burgers, etc. Then when you are finished you take your card to the cashier... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

They have something for everyone! basically you go around cafeteria style to each section and pick what you want and they swipe it on a card and before you go to your seat they scan it and you pay. Some of the food is a tad pricey but it certainly is good for a group or a family who cant... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

This is the food court area at Water Tower Place. There are MANY choices, some surprisingly nice! It's great for satisfying a family (or friends) with a wide range of food preferences. There's something for everybody here.

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Spring Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Foodlife is a variety restaurant where you are given a swipe card where you can select from the different type of food stations available & they swipe the card which you take with you when you pay for your meal. Each individual gets a swipe card. Food stations include pizza, hamburgers, Chinese, Italian, Mexican, BBQ, Salad & Desserts. It is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Just love foodlife..been loving it for years. SO many options and all good tasting and worth the price.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

I always get stir fry. I love how you can customize your meal. The handwashing station is great too. Awesome convenient location underneath the shops. A hidden gem for sure!!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

I have visited this semi hidden eatery many times over the years and regularly recommend it to friends and family so figured why not share with trip advisor. The premise is pretty simple: Once seated you use a debit like card at any one of a collection of sonnet eateries then when you are done you pay once! The food... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 835 N.Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Magnificent Mile
  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile
  • Phone Number: (312) 335-3663

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Chinese, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget


Open Hours
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm

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

Staying in Magnificent Mile

Neighborhood Profile
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.