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Lou Mitchell's Restaurant

) #15 of 7,830 Restaurants in Chicago $$ - $$$ American, , Delicatessen
565 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60661-5701
+1 312-939-3111
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good29%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“donut holes” (127 reviews)
“greek toast” (12 reviews)
Open Now
05:30 - 15:00All hours
American, Diner, Delicatessen, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
565 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60661-5701
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271 - 280 of 924 reviews

Reviewed 10 October 2015

Very close to the Willis Tower. Went for breakfast and had great food. Got a donut hole as we were seated! Great service.

Thank Maureen S
Reviewed 7 October 2015

Very popular diner near the train station. Very good food and we had excellent service. Been there a long time. I had hash and eggs , wife had feta omelet. Both very good. They bake their own bread and serve a taste of ice cream...More

Thank Visalia11
Reviewed 7 October 2015 via mobile

Great diners ambiance, best fluffy omelet broccoli and cheese, and the French toast my husband had was delicious. Service was very good, friendly and efficient. The coffee was of good quality.

Thank DragonFlyer2014
Reviewed 5 October 2015 via mobile

The restaurant is a turist attraction, so remember that is crowed until 3 - 4 pm. i visit the place at 6 pm and it was just great (almost empty). The food it's good and the service is excellent. It's a must in your trip...More

Thank Felfo S
Reviewed 4 October 2015

What a fun place. Our waitress, Beverly, made it even better. We sat at the counter for a true old fashioned experience. I wouldn't have ordered breakfast if I had known all that awaited me before my meal and after my meal. When you walk...More

Thank julia_fisher
Reviewed 27 September 2015

Lou Mitchell's pre-dates Route 66 and is a "must do" before you ride/drive the mother road. The food is excellent, the staff were very friendly. We were given free Doughnut middles and they turned on the neon sign for us to take a picture.

Thank wilson1966
Reviewed 21 September 2015

Even if you are not hungry, if you walk by and there is no line outside, you should walk in and eat something. The food is that good. Simple diner food, reasonable prices, bustling place with good service. I like the omelet's hobo style, with...More

Thank Hitcher84
Reviewed 21 September 2015

Was very fortunate on a 1-day Chicago trip to be staying in apartment just across the street from this iconic diner. Getting up early we arrived to a quiet restaurant around 715 on a Saturday morning and were warmly greeted and quickly seated. The atmosphere...More

Thank Mark P
Reviewed 20 September 2015

We wanted to come here because it's at the start of the old Route 66 road and is quite an historic tradition. Well, it didn't disappoint. There was a line...we expected that...but we got in pretty quickly and were immediately given doughnut holes (a tradition)...More

Thank Chelsea42
Reviewed 16 September 2015

Visited this venue some years ago and was delighted that the true spirit of the American Diner still lives on here. A true delight and an absolute must for breakfast.

Thank Terry B
West Loop
Fulton Market, Randolph Market, Jackson Boulevard and
Greek Town make up the West Loop. The neighborhood is
best known as the location of Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo
Studios, but this downtown neighborhood is also an
up-and-coming spot for Chicago’s trendsetters. Several
sub-neighborhoods within West Loop make this a unique
neighborhood to visit. Dotted with factories and
warehouses, West Loop is packed with various types of
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
If we (my wife and I) don't eat too much should we order for 1 and would be enough?
14 November 2016|
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Response from Tiffany S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, most definitely.
Do you need to make a reservation?
16 August 2016|
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Response from ngarcia83 | Reviewed this property |
It's not necessary :)
Glory F
what are the hours that Lou's is opened? I see a list and it list that they close at 3PM is this true??
1 May 2016|
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Response from RainCityTraveler | Reviewed this property |
I was there early in the day - so I'm not sure the closing time.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
07:00 - 15:00
05:30 - 15:00
05:30 - 15:00
05:30 - 15:00
05:30 - 15:00
05:30 - 15:00
05:30 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 565 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60661-5701
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > West Loop
  • Neighbourhood: West Loop
  • Phone Number: +1 312-939-3111
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