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835 N.Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 335-3663
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Ranked #445 of 8,392 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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Chicago, Illinois
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151 reviews 151 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

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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462 restaurant reviews
246 helpful votes 246 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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Lexington, KY
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24 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

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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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
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12 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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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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40 restaurant reviews
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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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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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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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