When perched on a cushy high-rise seat inside the retro environs of Cindy's Diner, one will likely encounter owner John Scheele as he darts about the kitchen, whipping up hearty home-style dishes lauded by reporters from News Sentinel. He sets down simmering plates of farm-fresh eggs, stacks of hot cakes, and thick sandwiches on the bright red and chrome bar, taking time to greet new faces and exchange new jokes with the regulars. When the skilled cook gets an order for his signature "garbage" breakfast, he cracks open eggs before mixing in potatoes, cheese, onions, and ham. He also creates fresh donuts using an old-fashioned machine, icing the warm morsels in strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate.
John keeps his establishment a family affair with his wife Cindy, along with their three children and 20 grandchildren, who can often be spotted serving plates of all-day breakfast and refilling mugs of coffee. Rustic jukeboxes rest on the countertop, showcasing a selection of old-timey tunes, such as "Seven Spanish Angels" and "There's No Such Thing as a Cordless Telephone".
With a stay at Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago (Near South Side), you'll be minutes from McCormick Place and close to Art Institute of Chicago. This eco-friendly hotel is close to Art Institute of Chicago and Skydeck Ledge. n Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 800 air-conditioned guestrooms. Your bed comes with triple sheeting and down blankets. Relax and take in city and water views from the privacy of your room. Premium TV channels and video-game consoles are provided for your entertainment. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, designer toiletries, and complimentary toiletries. n Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
DonÃât miss out on the many recreational opportunities, including a health club, an indoor pool, and a sauna. Additional features include wireless Internet access (surcharge), a concierge desk, and gift shops/newsstands. n Dining
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dining is also available at a coffee shop/café, and 24-hour room service is provided. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. n Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, audiovisual equipment, and express check-in. Event facilities at this hotel consist of a conference center, a ballroom, and banquet facilities. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
Lebanon native and chef Maher Chebaro saw an open market for healthy Middle Eastern cuisine in Chicago. Falafill’s concept is simple: for $6–$8, you choose between a pita or a plastic bowl, select a falafel, and pile your dish high with fresh vegetables and sauces prepared daily.
Chocolate chips and graham crackers swirl into batter to make Toast’s S’more pancakes, which aren’t ready until a chef plops a dollop of marshmallow fluff on top. While they await plates of pancakes, eggs, or lunchtime sandwiches, kids can scrawl all over the butcher-block paper that covers each table.
Breakfast for dinner, dinner for breakfast, lunch for lunch—when it comes to meal time, there are no restrictions at Lucky Grill. But instead of just sticking to American comfort favorites like most diners and Uncle Sam, Lucky's cooks bring on the variety with traditional Greek, Irish, and Italian dishes, in addition to the American classics. The Irish breakfast loads plates with rasher bacon, black-and-white pudding, and grilled tomatoes, while italian sausage or feta gives the traditional eggs and toast or crispy sandwich a Mediterranean spin. Later-day options include sandwiches and burgers, as well as broiled chops and pasta dishes.
Surprisingly, a pair of brothers runs The Cousins; the name, however, represents the restaurant’s future ownership: their sons. Until the orange and green eatery changes hands, the brothers will continue to serve up Mexican-style breakfast, lunch, and dinner inspired by their south-of-the-border roots. WGN’s “Chicago’s Best” segment named it “Chicago’s Best Breakfast” after host Ted Brunson declared the house-specialty cousins skillet “really, really good. It’s not greasy at all. The potatoes are done perfectly, the chicken breast is tender, and, actually … I love the spinach.”