So you’ve strolled down Dock Street, taken a Shoreline Sightseeing Cruise, and have seen enough pigeons to last you a decade. You’re still looking for the best Chicago lunch, but now what? Brace yourselves, fellow Navy Pier-ians, we’re about to give you a little insight into Navy Pier’s Food Court – and the best Chicago lunch around!
You can explore your options beforehand so you don’t get overwhelmed and spring to the nearest Pad Thai hut without thinking things through. After all, if you’re going to choose only one of the millions (Ok, maybe not millions,) of venues at Navy Pier to eat at, shouldn’t it be one of the highlights of your day?
Without further ado, (Yes, we hear your tummies grumbling over there,) we present to you a brief list of places to eat within the Food Court:
Navy Pier Food Court Restaurants!
America’s Dog- If woofing down hot dogs with a plethora of toppings is your cup of tea, you’ll love America’s Dog. With 13 delicious versions of the hot dog, you can bet your buns the whole family will find something to get their taste buds watering!
Auntie Anne’s- In the mood for a snack? Even better, in the mood to watch your snack be made?? Auntie Anne’s rolls, spins, and bakes their pretzels in all of their sweet or salty goodness right in front of you. Flavors come in a wide variety ranging from cinnamon and sugar to sour cream and onion. Besides the traditional pretzel, they make Pretzel Stix, Pretzel Dogs, Pepperoni Pretzels, and freshly made lemonade to quench your thirst.
Ben & Jerry’s- Always a classic! For those of you that need your mid-day sugar fix, Ben & Jerry’s has a ridiculous amount of yummy and quirky ice cream flavors.
Carnelli’s Deli- Health conscious? Not a problem! Carnelli’s offers creative gourmet sandwiches, pasta salads, and homemade chicken noodle soup that are all low on fat and high on flavor.
Connie’s Pizza- For the kid in everyone, Connie’s lets you make your own personal 7” pizza. Also serves delicious soups, salads, and pastas. Delizioso!
Garrett Popcorn Shops- A Chicago tradition for 60 years! Garrett’s makes their popcorn fresh every day, using only the highest quality ingredients. A snack that won’t disappoint!
Greek Delight- The name says it all! Tasty gyro sandwiches, Greek salads, kabobs, and even baklava for dessert. It’s sure to bring out the Greek in everyone!
Jamba Juice- Whether you’re trying to get in your servings of fruit for the day, or just craving a smoothie, Jamba Juice is the place to go for healthy, refreshing blended fruit drinks! Each drink provides 3-5 servings of fruit or vegetables.
King Wah- As close to authentic as Chicago food gets! Direct from Chicago’s Chinatown, King Wah provides favorites such as sweet and sour chicken, fried rice, and other popular Chinese menu options.
McDonald’s the Future- Not just your typical Mickey D’s! This McDonald’s boasts 7,500 square-feet with laser light shows every hour to entertain the young and the young at heart. After ordering a Big Mac, you can even go down to the retail shop and buy some McDonald’s novelty items and apparel.
Starbucks- Riding the Ferris Wheel, Taking hundreds of pictures, and just Navy Pier-ing in general can be a bit tiring. If you’re in need of a pick-me-up, look no further than Starbucks! (Have you tried the Pumpkin Spice Latte?) Several coffee and non-coffee drinks as well as sandwiches, salads, and other snacks.
Twisted Lizard- In the mood for some south-of-the-border cuisine? Twisted Lizard carries Tex-Mex options such as tacos, burritos, and salads.
There you have it, folks. The guide to eating at Navy Pier’s Food Court that will allow you to march right up to any of the venues and order with complete confidence! No more head-scratching and confused wandering around as if you’ve never been inside of a food court before!
Now you tell us, what’s your favorite place to eat a delicious Chicago lunch inside Navy Pier’s Food Court?