1327 E 57th St (773-667-7394)
The rooftop patio is the best seat in the house at this University of Chicago hangout. Among the surprisingly good takes on typical student fare are specialty burgers and shakes, as well as great late-night salads. Bring a Sharpie: Patrons have left poetry and political rants on the Med’s booths since it opened in 1963.
Height: 2nd floor
Drink of choice: Lemonades, made from scratch
If you’re eating one thing: Bacon bleu-cheese cheeseburger
Wait for a table: Max 10 minutes
Crowd: Students, professors and other aspiring philosophes
1327 E 57th St (773-667-7394). El: Red to 55th. Bus: 2, 6, 15, 28. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner. Average main course: $7. Opens in April.
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