With admission processes in high gear and the beautiful fall
weather Chicago has been having recently now is definitely the time to visit DePaul’s campus! When I first visited DePaul I chose to do the Admission
Information Session and Lincoln Park Tour back to back. These programs
generally run 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm on the weekdays, as well as Saturday
mornings. Before or after your tour be sure to check out one of Lincoln Park’s
award winning restaurants. Below you’ll
find my top five lunch spots within walking distance of campus.
5th Place: Uncle Sammy’s
of the Six Serious Sandwich Shops of Chicago’ by Time Out magazine, Uncle
Sammy’s is a great soup and sandwich shop located below the 1237 West student
apartments. I recommend roast beef, ham, and provolone cheese on freshly baked
bread, also known as the ‘Windy City’. Another must is Uncle Sammy’s
Ghirardelli brownies. They’re the perfect dessert to save for your trip home!
4th Place: Jam 'n Honey
Nutella fans! You’re college decision will easily be made once you see Jam
& Honey’s Nutella jars on every table! Serving breakfast all day, you can’t
go wrong with the Banana Nut French Toast or Eggs Benedict. You’ll just want to
remember to stop at the ATM before heading to this cash only restaurant.
Third Place: State
State (at the corner of Webster
and Bissell) takes sports and food to the next level! 80% of ingredients are
locally produced before they are prepared in State’s full scratch kitchen and
served to your table surrounded by 124 flat screen TV’s. On Wednesday through Fridays State has
different specials that bring many menu items down to just $5.99 or $6.99 each,
including their signature Buffalo Skillet Dip and Signature Rock Shrimp.
Second Place: Homeslice
the street from State is Homeslice. Their 31 types of pizza (Yes 31, that is
not a typo!) are perfect for groups of two, four, or even more! Can’t decide
which pie to try? Calzones are also an option! I recommend the Smoked Ham &
Avocado - it’s a new twist on a time old classic. Homeslice also offers whole
grain crusts and gluten free options to please all pizza lovers.
First Place: Pasta Palazzo
Located at Halsted and Armitage, Pasta Palazzo offers classic Italian cuisine with
reasonable prices. The grilled calamari
appetizer in lemon-herb vinaigrette offers a refreshing twist to traditional
fried calamari. Next I’d suggest the handmade gnocchi with your choice of
sauce. After these two dishes your room for dessert may be limited, but if
you’re up for the challenge you won’t regret the tiramisu!