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Foodlife

#422 of 8,462 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Mexican, Chinese, American
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835 N.Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 335-3663
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8:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 76
    Excellent
  • 76
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A great value

To tell the truth, I may be a little jaded from travelling. I was told from friends how many choices of food there were and it was hard to make a choice. Having traveled to many places around the world, the choice of food really doesn't compare to other cities like San Diego or Singapore, but is... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
abc_at_Huntsville
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Huntsville, Alabama
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
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Huntsville, Alabama
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

To tell the truth, I may be a little jaded from travelling. I was told from friends how many choices of food there were and it was hard to make a choice. Having traveled to many places around the world, the choice of food really doesn't compare to other cities like San Diego or Singapore, but is pretty good considering... More 

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Moline, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We recently spent some time at Watertower Place on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.....and of course needed to grab a quick bite so we could continue our adventures. At first glance, the eating area made NO SENSE....but a very helpful hostess walked us through the process....very slick! Upon entering, you let the host/hostess know if you are eating at a table... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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172 reviews 172 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Great choices! Great food! Simple! Fast! We loved this concept and the food was fantastic. It's like a glorified food court and cafeteria with a lot of different stations of food. You choose the type or types of food you want, go to those stations, they plate it for you, you take it and enjoy. There were stations like "Comfort"... More 

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Miami, Florida
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161 reviews 161 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Wanted to have a quick lunch. They have a lot to choose from and all seems fresh and natural. Had mostly sandwiches the turkey I had was very good. Need a quick place try this one

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Windsor
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great choice for breakfast lunch or dinner on a budget. We ate both brunch and Dinner here. Fresh food and great staff

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Great Midwest
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151 reviews 151 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We discovered this place while staying at the Ritz Carlton on a recent trip to Chicago. Foodlife is in the Water Place Mall and is attached to the Ritz Carlton Chicago and you never even have to go outside or put your coat on to get to it. Simply take the hotel elevator to floor 2 and go into the... More 

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Chicago
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42 reviews 42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Everyone gets to choose what they eat from large selection of restaurants inside of one restaurant!! Worth the short wait...everyone satisfied from Pizza, Smoothies, Sushi, Chinese, Mexican and Italian too...no one had to be left out..High quality fair prices...great choice in the Watertower!

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Chicago, Illinois
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116 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We have been spending a weekend in Chicago for over 15 years. No trip is complete without a trip to Foodlife. I would describe it as if Lettuce Entertain You and a Foodcourt had a baby. If you can't find what you want at Foodlife.You don't KNOW what you want. We are a group of six ranging in age from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Great restaurant when you are on the run. Lots of choices, great prices nice wine bar. This is a bar type restaurant where the food is prepared and you help yourself. Very clean and sanitary.

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Chicago, Illinois
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262 helpful votes 262 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Darkish, closed-in feeling with quirky lighting. You can't tell what they have charged you for a particular item when you receive your food as it goes on a "card" that you carry around; when you check out, a service charge will be automatically added to the bill. Some nice choices of certain foods. Irritatingly, the mall's internet is not available... 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
  • Phone Number: (312) 335-3663

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Chinese, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 8:30 pm

Questions & Answers

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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?