Subway: Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Adams, Red to Jackson (Red)(312) 939-7855 artists-cafe.com41.876478 -87.624487 412 S Michigan Ave (between Van Buren St and Congress Pkwy) Loop, Chicago
Breakfast, lunch, dinnerAverage main course: $9
You’ll be lured in to this diner by the bright vintage sign, the novelty of eating in the Fine Arts Building and the cute art-school servers. Inside, you’ll find a restaurant as old-school as Doug E. Fresh, complete with a bakery case full of pie. But skip those trucked-in desserts: The best bets here are the no-frills breakfast of eggs and bacon; a generous grilled cheese on thick multigrain with hot, Parmesan-sprinkled chips; and a seat on the sidewalk patio.