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Foodlife

#475 of 7,851 Restaurants in Chicago
#517 of 8,616 Places to Eat in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
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 - 7:00 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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast

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  • 80
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  • 83
    Very good
  • 29
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  • 10
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great for variety with your traveling party

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
Nikkiphotogirl
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Spring Arbor, Michigan
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
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Spring Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

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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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great place to go to satisfy many tastes. A wide variety of cusines, served fresh in a wander around and see what you like environment.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

With tired feet and a growling stomach, it's great to be shown to your own reserved table. That's when the fun starts. There are so many good choices - baked potato bar, salads, sushi, soups, Mexican, stir-fry, burgers, desserts, pastas, pizza and more. Get a drink cup at any stall and enjoy refills of soft drinks as well as several... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

As I was only visiting Sacred Grounds Bakery as part of a walking cupcake tour (besttours.com), I cannot comment on "Foodlife" as a whole, except to say it looks like a food court in a mall, which it is. Sacred Grounds was the second stop on our tour--of the 4 bakeries we visited, this was my least favorite. This was,... More 

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minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This is one of my favorite places to eat in the world. No trip to Chicago is complete without a stop for lunch here. It is the best cafeteria in the world. The quality and freshness is the best. The variety will make you anxious with indecision. In a good way.

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Clayton, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

We ate a Watertower Foodlife. The bbq pork sandwich was very good. It's an interesting concept for a food court. Quickly prepared food that was good.

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Montrose, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

On our first day in Chicago we were doing a spot of shopping and needed a place to eat and stumbled across the Foodlife eaterie. It is a great place to eat with such a large choice of food I took a while and a few laps around the place to decide on what to eat but settled for Chinese... 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: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups
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?

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.