835 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
Mon – Sat: 10 am – 8 pm
Sun: 11 am – 6 pm
Foodease is truly an experience that will change the way you think about food courts; it’s one of the best options for a quality healthy and quick lunch on the Magnificent Mile. FoodEase is a gourmet market-restaurant that offers the option to sit-and-eat or take your creations to go. Nearly everything is locally sourced and/or organic (with local produce available for purchase), and they offer prepared foods made by local celebrity chefs and artisan restaurants. The cold bar is perhaps the most expansive and diverse that I have yet found: fresh chopped basil, more than five types of greens, a variety of infused oils and flavored vinegars, and freshly grilled made-to-order chicken. The hot bars are also exceptional and feature foods from local restaurants. With freshly made breads, sushi, sandwiches pressed to order, a wine shop and sit-down bar, infused lemonades and waters, house made hummus, a trail mix bar, fresh pastries, there is something for everyone! FoodEase is also extremely eco-conscious, and the restaurant actively works to reduce its waste and promote green thinking through the smart usage of containers. The to-go containers that they do offer are superior and perfect to keep and reuse.
Due to the potential for cross contamination (particularly around the salad bar), Foodease may not be the best option for people with severe food allergies. Those with gluten intolerances or other specialty diets should be fine, as the majority of the food options are fully customizable. The market is clean, bright, and comfortable whether you are alone or with others. The location near other separate gourmet fast-service options—M Burger, Mity Nice, pizza and coffee—means that everyone in your party can get what they want. During the summer, I take my salad to the neighborhood park a block and half away and sit on the grass there.
Foodease is as expensive as you make it, and prices are very competitive with Whole Foods. About $10 will purchase a large salad, trail mix to take home, and a fountain drink. Wi-Fi is free through the mall, but a bit spotty at times. Parking is also available throughout the mall, but it’s more convenient or walk or take the L train if that is an option. If you are in the Magnificent Mile area and are craving a healthy lunch and a haven from the crazy crowds, Foodease is the place to go!