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835 N.Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 335-3663
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Ranked #420 of 8,344 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Sun 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Cuisines: American, Chinese, Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch
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Lexington, KY
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

You've been shopping for hours, ad you really want to sit down. You see that there is a food court in the Water Tower Shops, but all the tables are taken. No problem. Walk right in to Foodlife. They will take you to your assigned table, give you a card, and then you can walk around and order anything you... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Many choices for good foods. Some are slow to serve, others fast. Good place for infants and kids, too.

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Puerto Rico
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Many options to eat from tacos to oriental to BBQ also hamburgers and pizza, some times the employee at the different areas are quite rude, that the reason I didn't gave 5 stars, other wise a little expensive but not out of the market considering we're it is located

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Amarillo, Texas
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77 reviews 77 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

There are so many options and so much good food to choose from. I love this place, and in fact, I always come here when I am in the area. The options are aplenty, and the food is made with impeccable standards. Real food, really done well. The crepes are to die for, so make sure you get the Nutella... More

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Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Found this by accident as I was walking off a jetlag on my first afternoon in dowtown Chicago. This fit the bill for hot, reasonably healthy food. After passing over the Pasta, Soup and some other stuff - i settled for a Veggie Stir Fry. Was staffed by a single, rather sullen cook/ cashier. But I found the concept (you... More

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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42 reviews 42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

What a treat to discover Foodlife in the Water Tower centre. The day I came upon it there were 37 different items from local chefs and restaurants featured as well as many other choices. Where else can you satisfy your taste by just taking a small portion of a dish and paying for it by weight? The quality and freshness... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Foodlife was one of the best restaurant concepts to come to Watertower Place in Chicago. At the time, there were only a few to select from, and we could never decide where to go. If you have a family or group that has different likes in their food selection, then Foodlife is where you want to go. The various food... More

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New Jersey
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69 reviews 69 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Water Tower has a unique and fun food court. Food Life is several food stations together so everyone in your party can get what they want to eat. You can order a little Chinese, vegetarian, Italian etc. It reminds me of a Las Vegas buffet.

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wever ia
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145 reviews 145 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Had the sesame chicken plate while visiting Water Tower. Good but hot! Interesting concept filling cards.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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62 reviews 62 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

A big food court. I choose the stir fry and it was very disappointing. Barely any meat added. They put us next to a really loud speaker that made it very difficult to have a conversation. Lines were long at many of the stations. The worst was they add a 15% gratuity to your meal when you do all the... More

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Additional Information about Foodlife

Address: 835 N.Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
Phone Number: (312) 335-3663
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
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
Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
Cuisine: American, Chinese, Mexican

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