The Artist's Cafe

★★★★★
  • 412 S Michigan Ave

    Chicago, IL 60605

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  • 312-939-7855

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I love the variety of menu items!!!! They have wonderful salads and sandwiches. It is a great atmosphere for having lunch with the girls!!! The service is always great!!!

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★★★★★

I love the variety of menu items!!!! They have wonderful salads and sandwiches. It is a great atmosphere for having lunch with the girls!!! The service is always great!!!

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We came for breakfast and it was a beautiful day to look out at Grant Park. The waitress was nice and food arrived quickly

3
★★★★★

We came for breakfast and it was a beautiful day to look out at Grant Park. The waitress was nice and food arrived quickly

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The twentysomething waitress serving the outdoor cafe at the Artists' Restaurant (or Artists' Cafe, as it is popularly known) wears an outfit suitable for a workout - shorts and a loose black t-shirt. And work out she does, moving fast

3
★★★★★

The twentysomething waitress serving the outdoor cafe at the Artists' Restaurant (or Artists' Cafe, as it is popularly known) wears an outfit suitable for a workout - shorts and a loose black t-shirt. And work out she does, moving fast

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The food was pretty good. I saw the grilled cheese sandwich highly recommended, so I ordered that, despite the fact that normally I would never have ordered a grilled cheese at a restaurant. It didn't disappoint.

3
★★★★★

The food was pretty good. I saw the grilled cheese sandwich highly recommended, so I ordered that, despite the fact that normally I would never have ordered a grilled cheese at a restaurant. It didn't disappoint.

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We had a pleasant lunch here. The inside is such a throwback to a 50s dining restaurant. Loved it. Food was good - I had a club called some British aristocratic name: Wellington? Huntington? Anyways...it was tasty. My bf had a similar

3
★★★★★

We had a pleasant lunch here. The inside is such a throwback to a 50s dining restaurant. Loved it. Food was good - I had a club called some British aristocratic name: Wellington? Huntington? Anyways...it was tasty. My bf had a similar

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Again, amazing great times at this Cafe back in the 90's ate here a LOT after school at the Art Institute. Updating review soon....

3
★★★★★

Again, amazing great times at this Cafe back in the 90's ate here a LOT after school at the Art Institute. Updating review soon....

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I was in town for a Conference at the Hilton, just down the street, and a friend and I walked here for dinner. The menu is an interesting mix of ethnic and American foods. I had the Greek grilled cheese sandwich, which was feta cheese,

3
★★★★★

I was in town for a Conference at the Hilton, just down the street, and a friend and I walked here for dinner. The menu is an interesting mix of ethnic and American foods. I had the Greek grilled cheese sandwich, which was feta cheese,

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I really like this place. The staff is friendly, the food is good, great coffee and the people watching can't be beat. It has a cozy diner feeling despite being a fairly large cafe.

3
★★★★★

I really like this place. The staff is friendly, the food is good, great coffee and the people watching can't be beat. It has a cozy diner feeling despite being a fairly large cafe.

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Open since 1961, the Artists' Restaurant is a Fine Arts Building tradition. Makris and her sister (and co-owner) Angela have worked there the longest; their employees include students as well as waitresses who have been with them for

3
★★★★★

Open since 1961, the Artists' Restaurant is a Fine Arts Building tradition. Makris and her sister (and co-owner) Angela have worked there the longest; their employees include students as well as waitresses who have been with them for

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This is the place with a good taste of food. The ambiance is cool, the service is fast and the servers were friendly and overall all it was great.

3
★★★★★

This is the place with a good taste of food. The ambiance is cool, the service is fast and the servers were friendly and overall all it was great.

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The outdoor seating is very nice, with a great view of Grant Park. Definitely a spot for some coffee and a muffin on a sunshiny morning.

3
★★★★★

The outdoor seating is very nice, with a great view of Grant Park. Definitely a spot for some coffee and a muffin on a sunshiny morning.

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Great service & good coffee. The owner spent time with me an recommended other restaurants and things to do.

3
★★★★★

Great service & good coffee. The owner spent time with me an recommended other restaurants and things to do.

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Again, amazing great times at this Cafe back in the 90's ate here a LOT after school.

3
★★★★★

Again, amazing great times at this Cafe back in the 90's ate here a LOT after school.

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I really like this place. The staff is friendly, the food is good, great coffee and the people watching can't be beat. It has a cozy diner feeling despite being a fairly large cafe. And they have a decent liquor selection at reasonable

3
★★★★★

I really like this place. The staff is friendly, the food is good, great coffee and the people watching can't be beat. It has a cozy diner feeling despite being a fairly large cafe. And they have a decent liquor selection at reasonable

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My family and I are from the Western Suburbs. We were going to a concert at the Auditotrium. We stopped at the Artist Cafe and had a wondeful dinner. The place is immaculate the wait staff was friendly and neatly dressed. A lovely lady was

3
★★★★★

My family and I are from the Western Suburbs. We were going to a concert at the Auditotrium. We stopped at the Artist Cafe and had a wondeful dinner. The place is immaculate the wait staff was friendly and neatly dressed. A lovely lady was

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I LOVE there Tuna salad sandwiches!! They are to die for. Me and my boyfriend live in Bloomington and crave these on a weekly basis. If anyone knows the recipe for this I would be sooooooooooo incredibly grateful! I have never had

3
★★★★★

I LOVE there Tuna salad sandwiches!! They are to die for. Me and my boyfriend live in Bloomington and crave these on a weekly basis. If anyone knows the recipe for this I would be sooooooooooo incredibly grateful! I have never had

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After a year of passing by on Michigan and wanting to go, I finally ate here on a break from rehearsing upstairs. The atmosphere is great and it feels oh so old school. I had a lovely and perfectly toasted, grilled cheese! It's worth a

3
★★★★★

After a year of passing by on Michigan and wanting to go, I finally ate here on a break from rehearsing upstairs. The atmosphere is great and it feels oh so old school. I had a lovely and perfectly toasted, grilled cheese! It's worth a

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I never wrote a "review" before but I have to say....I went to the Artist Cafe and was blown away by the BEST cheeseburger in Chicago. What A TREAT! It really made me feel great to experience this place. It reminded me how lucky I am to

3
★★★★★

I never wrote a "review" before but I have to say....I went to the Artist Cafe and was blown away by the BEST cheeseburger in Chicago. What A TREAT! It really made me feel great to experience this place. It reminded me how lucky I am to

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I work in the area and love the boxed salad. The Artist is an institution - in a historical building, family run for generations by restaurant people, not a corporation, and an unbeatable location. The perfect place to go before or after a

3
★★★★★

I work in the area and love the boxed salad. The Artist is an institution - in a historical building, family run for generations by restaurant people, not a corporation, and an unbeatable location. The perfect place to go before or after a

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I always wanted to try this place and so I finally did because I was craving chicken tenders and they were so delicious. They came with a plate full of fries and onion rings plus a good amount of tenders. It was a little expensive but

3
★★★★★

I always wanted to try this place and so I finally did because I was craving chicken tenders and they were so delicious. They came with a plate full of fries and onion rings plus a good amount of tenders. It was a little expensive but

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Conveniently located right on Michigan Avenue, this is a good place to go for a break from shopping or after taking in a music or theater show.

3
★★★★★

Conveniently located right on Michigan Avenue, this is a good place to go for a break from shopping or after taking in a music or theater show.

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If you are looking for a quaint diner to remind you of NYC, then Artist's Cafe comes pretty close...

3
★★★★★

If you are looking for a quaint diner to remind you of NYC, then Artist's Cafe comes pretty close...

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It's a quiet calm atmosphere to get some homework out of the way or read a book. The waitstaff I've had are very nice

3
★★★★★

It's a quiet calm atmosphere to get some homework out of the way or read a book. The waitstaff I've had are very nice

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I tried this place today and am pleased to say that I've found a new lunch spot to enjoy in the south loop.

3
★★★★★

I tried this place today and am pleased to say that I've found a new lunch spot to enjoy in the south loop.

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They have an impressive drink menu, and the dessert selection was pretty awesome.

3
★★★★★

They have an impressive drink menu, and the dessert selection was pretty awesome.

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We had a pleasant lunch here on Labor Day. The inside is such a throwback to a 50s dining restaurant. Loved it. Food was good.

3
★★★★★

We had a pleasant lunch here on Labor Day. The inside is such a throwback to a 50s dining restaurant. Loved it. Food was good.

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The food was pretty good. I saw the grilled cheese sandwich highly recommended, so I ordered that, despite the fact that normally I would never have ordered a grilled cheese at a restaurant. It didn't disappoint.

3
★★★★★

The food was pretty good. I saw the grilled cheese sandwich highly recommended, so I ordered that, despite the fact that normally I would never have ordered a grilled cheese at a restaurant. It didn't disappoint.

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Our server was very friendly and helpful, and we didn't have any issues with the time our meal took to get there or with the order itself.

3
★★★★★

Our server was very friendly and helpful, and we didn't have any issues with the time our meal took to get there or with the order itself.

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Loved the atmosphere, quaint, and delightful. Set in one of the most interesting parts of the city. Wonderful service, very personable. Really no wait for lunch. Great for people watching, and quiet convesation. Homemade Tomato Rice Soup

3
★★★★★

Loved the atmosphere, quaint, and delightful. Set in one of the most interesting parts of the city. Wonderful service, very personable. Really no wait for lunch. Great for people watching, and quiet convesation. Homemade Tomato Rice Soup

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Housed in the landmark Fine Arts Building. Artists serve meals. Entrees include Athenian salad, souvlaki, steaks, seafood, and pastas.

3
★★★★★

Housed in the landmark Fine Arts Building. Artists serve meals. Entrees include Athenian salad, souvlaki, steaks, seafood, and pastas.

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This was just a kind of cool place to go, especially after seeing a show as part of the cast usually shows up here. The price is steep for what you get, but everything in Chicago is.

3
★★★★★

This was just a kind of cool place to go, especially after seeing a show as part of the cast usually shows up here. The price is steep for what you get, but everything in Chicago is.

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I used to work on Jackson, so this was definitely a favorite lunch spot. Especially in the summer when you can sit in the picturesque patio out front.
The food is standard, diner fare. I love the tuna salad. Burgers are good, as are the salads.

2
★★★★★

I used to work on Jackson, so this was definitely a favorite lunch spot. Especially in the summer when you can sit in the picturesque patio out front.
The food is standard, diner fare. I love the tuna salad. Burgers are good, as are the salads.

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I was there today. The vegetarian omelet and potatoes were very good, the coffee was excellent, the service was very good and the price was reasonable. There were lots of students in there so the people watching was great!

2
★★★★★

I was there today. The vegetarian omelet and potatoes were very good, the coffee was excellent, the service was very good and the price was reasonable. There were lots of students in there so the people watching was great!

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I had a FANTASTIC grilled cheese with homemade hotchips sprinkled with parmesan cheese and a REAL milkshake. The service was quick and my dinner was great. I always have a great time at this place and they have the best coffee selection!

2
★★★★★

I had a FANTASTIC grilled cheese with homemade hotchips sprinkled with parmesan cheese and a REAL milkshake. The service was quick and my dinner was great. I always have a great time at this place and they have the best coffee selection!

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We ate there a few times because it was super convenient, so I was able to sample a few different things. The French toast was by far my favorite. The best part of breakfast was my latte! Yummy.

2
★★★★★

We ate there a few times because it was super convenient, so I was able to sample a few different things. The French toast was by far my favorite. The best part of breakfast was my latte! Yummy.

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We had a pleasant lunch here. The inside is such a throwback to a 50s dining restaurant. Loved it. Food was good - I had a club called some British aristocratic name: Wellington? Huntington? Anyways...it was tasty. My bf had a similar sandwich on a croissant, which he said was also good. They have an impressive drink menu, and the dessert selection was pretty awesome.

2
★★★★★

We had a pleasant lunch here. The inside is such a throwback to a 50s dining restaurant. Loved it. Food was good - I had a club called some British aristocratic name: Wellington? Huntington? Anyways...it was tasty. My bf had a similar sandwich on a croissant, which he said was also good. They have an impressive drink menu, and the dessert selection was pretty awesome.

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I stopped in with my friend after the ballet and had some coffee and pie. I've been here before and just enjoyed the calmness of the place. No one bugs you and the waitstaff is friendly. The pie was excellent and the service is fast. Price isn't bad at all and you'll get classic diner food. I'd go back again if I'm in the area.

2
★★★★★

I stopped in with my friend after the ballet and had some coffee and pie. I've been here before and just enjoyed the calmness of the place. No one bugs you and the waitstaff is friendly. The pie was excellent and the service is fast. Price isn't bad at all and you'll get classic diner food. I'd go back again if I'm in the area.

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I love that they have Greek Coffee and that the waitress' attitude became really much more friendly once I did order it. I guess that touch was more throughout the place.
Thanks Artist's, we'll be back.

2
★★★★★

I love that they have Greek Coffee and that the waitress' attitude became really much more friendly once I did order it. I guess that touch was more throughout the place.
Thanks Artist's, we'll be back.

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The food (mostly only ordered the burgers) is very tasty and filling. I have a saying, "This burger reminds me of what McDonald's was like when it first opened" and this place get that.

2
★★★★★

The food (mostly only ordered the burgers) is very tasty and filling. I have a saying, "This burger reminds me of what McDonald's was like when it first opened" and this place get that.

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Here's a classic Diner that has retained all the glory of the past. It's neon lights outside light up the outdoor patio, with a long counter and small booths wrapped around. The register and pies greet you walking in, and the old details of brass and leather are everywhere.

2
★★★★★

Here's a classic Diner that has retained all the glory of the past. It's neon lights outside light up the outdoor patio, with a long counter and small booths wrapped around. The register and pies greet you walking in, and the old details of brass and leather are everywhere.

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I had a perfectly satisfactory gyros; lots of meat and a pile of Greek seasoned roasted potato slices. My wife had some kind of a steak salad he she was quite satisfied and said it was fresh and tasty.

2
★★★★★

I had a perfectly satisfactory gyros; lots of meat and a pile of Greek seasoned roasted potato slices. My wife had some kind of a steak salad he she was quite satisfied and said it was fresh and tasty.

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What! this place is great. the cooks wear paper hats and they have pourable mustard on every table. the sign out front can't be beat. try the irish coffee.

2
★★★★★

What! this place is great. the cooks wear paper hats and they have pourable mustard on every table. the sign out front can't be beat. try the irish coffee.

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The food was great and so was the ambiance. We went there twice for breakfast while visiting Chicago! It was so much more reasonable then the breakfast at the hotel we stayed at. The service was very good.

2
★★★★★

The food was great and so was the ambiance. We went there twice for breakfast while visiting Chicago! It was so much more reasonable then the breakfast at the hotel we stayed at. The service was very good.

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The milkshakes are real they have great breakfasts. They are very child friendly. My daughter always looks forward to the spinache pie. The outdoor cafe is fantastic.

2
★★★★★

The milkshakes are real they have great breakfasts. They are very child friendly. My daughter always looks forward to the spinache pie. The outdoor cafe is fantastic.

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I remember going to this restaurant for milkshakes when I was a kid and that was over 40 years ago when I took piano lessons in the Fine Arts Building. Now whenever we take our kids to the Art Institute, Auditorium for the Christmas show, the symphany or the Bears game we always go to this restaurant. This restaurant is still owned by the same people, something you do not see in the suburb I live in-only chain restaurants exists.

2
★★★★★

I remember going to this restaurant for milkshakes when I was a kid and that was over 40 years ago when I took piano lessons in the Fine Arts Building. Now whenever we take our kids to the Art Institute, Auditorium for the Christmas show, the symphany or the Bears game we always go to this restaurant. This restaurant is still owned by the same people, something you do not see in the suburb I live in-only chain restaurants exists.

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My husband, daughter, and I were visiting Chicago last week and happened upon this place. We found the atmosphere to be cozy and laid back and the food was excellent. Both my daughter and I got the New York omlette which was filled with corned beef and cream cheese and came with a bagel and hash browns. It was fantastic! I'd definately recommend this place to anyone who wants a relaxing, excellent breakfast.

2
★★★★★

My husband, daughter, and I were visiting Chicago last week and happened upon this place. We found the atmosphere to be cozy and laid back and the food was excellent. Both my daughter and I got the New York omlette which was filled with corned beef and cream cheese and came with a bagel and hash browns. It was fantastic! I'd definately recommend this place to anyone who wants a relaxing, excellent breakfast.

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This is such a good restaurant to go to especially since it's located on Michigan Avenue near alot of Chicago's attractions (the Art Institute, Millennium Park, etc). Good diner for breakfast.

2
★★★★★

This is such a good restaurant to go to especially since it's located on Michigan Avenue near alot of Chicago's attractions (the Art Institute, Millennium Park, etc). Good diner for breakfast.

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I ate at this place for 3 evenings running whilst on a visit to Chicago from UK. I found it good value for money, the staff really friendly. Nice to sit outside and watch the world or be cosy inside. Anyway, I enjoyed it and was happy.

2
★★★★★

I ate at this place for 3 evenings running whilst on a visit to Chicago from UK. I found it good value for money, the staff really friendly. Nice to sit outside and watch the world or be cosy inside. Anyway, I enjoyed it and was happy.

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Great food and ambiance: I had breakfast at this place and the omelet was great and so were the hashbrowns. The dinning room is really neat. It has 2 story ceiling with tables next to the windows on Michigan Ave.. They were really nice to my kids, the food was great and so was the people watching.

2
★★★★★

Great food and ambiance: I had breakfast at this place and the omelet was great and so were the hashbrowns. The dinning room is really neat. It has 2 story ceiling with tables next to the windows on Michigan Ave.. They were really nice to my kids, the food was great and so was the people watching.

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Did not know until time to pay that they only accept American Express credit cards and also I was counting the change to give to her and the lady at the counter told me to give her whatever I have. Food was not that good for the prices and customer service was horrible. I do NOT recommend this place to anyone

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★☆☆☆☆

Did not know until time to pay that they only accept American Express credit cards and also I was counting the change to give to her and the lady at the counter told me to give her whatever I have. Food was not that good for the prices and customer service was horrible. I do NOT recommend this place to anyone

Pros: nothing

Cons: only AmEx

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Located in the historic Fine Arts Building, this cafe draws a mix of students from the nearby Art Institute and tourists visiting Grant Park. The Mediterranean menu features salads, pasta and vegetarian plates. Bargain…

 

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