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Museum Cafe


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Certificate of Excellence2018 - 2019 Winner


Cafe, American
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed May 7, 2019

It is so nice to be able to get a good meal in the museum so you can satisfy your hunger and get back to enjoying all the wonderful collections in the museum.

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Tracey S
Reviewed January 21, 2019

The Art Institute is a must see in Chicago, my favorite museum. We had lunch at the cafe, good hot dogs on plates! They had many other choices in the cafeteria style cafe.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank daetime
Reviewed January 13, 2019

We consistently enjoy the options here. All are good. All are tasty. The service staff also is very friendly. On this trip I had the chicken tortilla soup and the Mediterranean Stromboli, which included steamed mixed vegetables. All were enjoyable. The eating area is functional...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank GR_Traveling_Guy
Reviewed December 27, 2018

What a cluster-flop! People are piling up at the entrance. An attendant kept telling people to go straight to the counter featuring their food of choice - creating an impenetrable mass of people. At the counters, people waiting found food was often still being prepared...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank TreadLightAdventurer
Reviewed November 3, 2018

We wanted to grab a mid-afternoon bite while visiting the art museum and wandered past a very pleasant looking outdoor courtyard. After asking the staff how to get there, we found the cafe area with a lot of cafeteria style options. Our soup and sandwich...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank TarHeel
Reviewed October 15, 2018

This is set up like a cafeteria, but each of us were pleased with the quality of our food selections. While the museum allows you to exit and re-enter with your day’s ticket, it is so convenient to go into the basement and have a...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Bill H
Reviewed October 5, 2018

There was masses to see at the Art Institute and having started almost as soon as the museum opened we had lunch there, and were delighted not only with what was on offer but also with what we had. The soup and pastries could hardly...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank DavidMay1945
Reviewed September 23, 2018

We were disappointed with our "meal." First we could not find the cafe. When we finally found it, they were out of most items and we could only order very light snacks instead of lunch. We would have stayed at the museum all day if...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank tvc15bowie
Reviewed September 5, 2018

My sister and I took a break in the museum cafe and had a hard time picking one of their delectable pastries. After choosing one our tongues were treated to an excellent desert.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Beverly W
Reviewed September 3, 2018

We ate lunch there while visiting the museum. There were a lot to chose from on the menu. The food is made fresh when you order. We had two different sandwiches. The ham sandwich was better than the turkey sandwich, but I think that was...More

Date of visit: August 2018
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