This Chicago-only chain of cafes provides customers with large, bright, airy seating and an expansive array of food choices. Family friendly to a tee, Caffe Baci doesn't offer the most innovative Italian cuisine in the city, but easily recognized dishes like the panini with prosciutto, mozzarella and artichoke hearts, and wood-smoked ham and gouda sandwiches are cozy favorites.
Baci does breakfast, too, with healthy options such as Yo-Fruit (low fat yogurt, granola, mandarin oranges, chopped walnuts and berries or bananas) as well as hearty breakfast burritos, crepes and Belgian waffles. Pair it with your choice of beverage from the espresso menu, or grab a coffee to-go if lounging isn’t a part of your a.m. ritual. If your sweet tooth starts to rumble just as you happen to be passing one of these locations, stop in for the yummy gelato. Also, if your business is located in the Loop and ever calls out for food, check Baci out; its catering menu is reasonably priced and hard to beat for vastness of selection.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Abigail Derecho