Subway: Red to Lawrence(773) 275-0626 inspirationcorp.org, cafetoo.org41.967791 -87.654666 4715 N Sheridan Rd (between Lakeside Place and Leland Ave) Uptown, Chicago
Breakfast (Mon–Fri), brunch (Sat, Sun), lunch (Tue–Fri), dinner (Thu–Sat)Average main course: $13
As part of the Inspiration Corporation’s 13-week program (the same group that runs Inspiration Café), refugees and the recently homeless shadow paid pros at this full-service, contemporary American restaurant. They’ll be gaining experience and a city-issued food service and sanitation certificate, working toward a fresh start on life; but chef Sean Cunneen is making sure you don’t just visit once as a charitable deed. Baked goods and coffee kick-start your day; brunch brings omelettes and more; lunch features belly-fillers like the portobello mushroom melt; and the dinner crowd gets classics like the New York strip.