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Foodlife

#258 of 8,181 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Magnificent Mile
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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
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Takeout

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  • 87
    Excellent
  • 95
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 12
    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
Great food! Great Price!

This place has always been a favorite of mine since college. No need to worry about what everyone is craving or mostly spitting a bill with a large group. I try to make it there when I'm in town visiting family and shopping at water tower mall. This last visit is a four only because the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Michelle J
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Loma Linda, California
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Chicago, Illinois
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The variety of the food is a plus and is worth checking out if you're looking for a lunch option. However, the price for what you get in the food and the overall quality is just okay. Think of a cafeteria with just average food.

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Thank Danny K
Loma Linda, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place has always been a favorite of mine since college. No need to worry about what everyone is craving or mostly spitting a bill with a large group. I try to make it there when I'm in town visiting family and shopping at water tower mall. This last visit is a four only because the servers were a little... More 

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Thank Michelle J
Chicago, Illinois
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141 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is less a restaurant than a deluxe salad bar, where you fill your plate (or takeout container) with a variety of cold and hot items that you pay for by weight at the cashier. There is a wide range of fresh and tasty options and whether you go healthy (seedy kale salad) or junky (cheesy baked pasta) is entirely... More 

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Thank DebOChicago_IL
Wilmette, Illinois
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176 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Unique concept half grocery store half restaurant. You pick out you fresh good or some cooked items, pick a beverage including wine and stay or go back to shopping in this fantastic city mall.

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Thank Craig C
Chicago, IL
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191 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

This is a great place if variety is what you need. I'm a vegetarian, my 9 year old is a very picky eater. We found many options here. I settled on the avocado crunch roll and noodle salad from the Japanese "stand"; my son enjoyed pulled pork from a bbq location. There were many other options - upscale Chinese, Italian/pasta,... More 

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Thank mswtravels71
Stevensville, Michigan
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

I walked into Foodlife after shopping and walking for hours, I was starving and wasn't sure of what I was walking into...it was buffet style on sight...but when I saw all the beautiful healthy food in front of me I was amazed...a there were so many types of foods, soups, breads and desserts (also a fancy wine bar as you... More 

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Thank Deanna F
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Don't miss it if you are in Chicago. At the mezzanine of the Water Tower. A great concept. the place is like a food court with several food options. they give you a card per guest that you use in all different counters. At the end you present the cards to the register and pay for the meal. You have... More 

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Thank Luis F
Flowery Branch, Georgia
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133 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

You get one entrée, salad or soup and drink for $10. I had a half slab of ribs with two sides, a salad and drink. My wife had stir fry, soup and a drink. Good meal at a great price.

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Thank rprr02
Flint, Michigan
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92 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Be careful or you'll spend more than you anticipated. I know we did. But all the food was so delicious we could not resist. Try it!

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Thank RevGlenn
Jacksonville, Florida
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90 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This place is great-there are tons of places in here to pick from. From soups, salads, pasta, mexican, asain, bbq, desserts and much more. They have tons of seating and usually pretty quick service too. We always stop here when we are in town for shopping.

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Thank rebcgo

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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, Japanese, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children, 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

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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?

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.