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6 pre-President’s Ball dining options

Word has it that there will be plenty of fabulous deserts and coffee at the President’s Ball, but you’ll want something a little more substantial to fuel your all-night-long dance moves. Here are six dining options organized by price range and with walking time and distance.

Low price range

$7-$15 per meal

Warning: You might — will — be overdressed!


  • 7 N. Wells St.
  • 11 minute walk (.5 miles)

If you’re looking for a very casual and inexpensive place with great sandwiches, this is the place for you. Go ahead and order their Cuban sandwich, “Time Out Chicago” called it the best in the city.

Naf Naf Grill

  • 309 Washington St.
  • 11 minute walk (.5 miles)

If you’re looking for delicious Middle-Eastern food — including fresh-baked Pita — for not too much money, look no further. They have locations in the suburbs and the city, but this place is so great that it has to be included. Don’t skimp on the steak shawarma, and order a side of hummus.

Middle price range

$15-$25 per entree

South Branch Tavern and Grille

  • 100 S. Wacker Dr.
  • 5 minute walk (.2 miles)

A short walk and classic tavern food, South Branch Tavern and Grille has a good variety of classic American appetizers, sandwiches and entrees in a location right next to the Chicago River. Try the cowboy salad or the root beer short rib.

Little Goat Diner

  • 820 W. Randolph St.
  • 17 minute walk (.6 miles)

Hey foodie, looking to try something a little more adventurous? This is a quirky diner that’s not afraid to have a little fun with their food. Breakfast is served all day, along with classic sandwiches and burgers. Try the fat Elvis waffles or the tempura mashed potatoes. You can’t go wrong.

High price range

$20-$40 per entree


  • 160 West Adams St.
  • 8 minute walk (.4 miles)

Good sushi and French-Asian cuisine in a cozy, intimate atmosphere. A little expensive, but where else can you dine on Foi Gras Torchon and Duck Breast alongside fresh sashimi?

One North Kitchen and Bar

  • 1 N. Upper Wacker Dr. #250
  • 8 minute walk (.4 miles)

Located right across from the Lyric Opera, this is a good option if you don’t want to be too overdressed and feel like splurging a bit on fine dining. They serve American style food like steak, burgers, and salads, but that doesn’t mean they’re boring. Don’t be afraid to try the bacon and jalapeno mac and cheese or the smoked gouda puffs.

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