Lou Mitchell's

565 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, Illinois 60661 USA

982 Reviews
Open Now
Sat 7a-2p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
  • Wheelchair
  • Public
  • Outdoor
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“a Chicago Institution since 1923”

Lou Mitchell's, also known as Lou Mitchell's Restaurant, is a Chicago diner located at 565 W. Jackson Boulevard. It is a popular restaurant for commuters, as it is located near Union Station. It is also located near the start of U.S. Route 66 and was frequented by many people on the start of their journey along the road, earning it the nickname "the first stop on the Mother Road." Founded in 1923, Lou Mitchell's is known for handing out fresh donut holes to people waiting in line, boxes of Milk Duds to children, an orange slice and prune for breakfast, and a small cup of ice cream with each meal. Their egg dishes are made using double yolk eggs, which they claim makes the eggs larger and fluffier. Lou Mitchell's is currently owned by Heleen Thanas. She appeared as the guest judge for the Quickfire Challenge of Episode 11 of Top Chef (season 4), which involved working at "the hull", or egg station, at the restaurant for twenty minutes.

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Jazmin A.

Pretty darn good! I would that we highly recommend the egg sandwich!!!! Very hefty and fulfilling, the melt away pancakes BOMB, my partner got the thick grilled French toast which was also great!... Read more

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Jina Z.

Classic historic diner with hearty plates and super friendly service. Interior is spacious, but it gets crowded quickly on the weekend! They give you a homemade donut hole (delicious!) and orange... Read more

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Gerald H.

When I think of my perfect breakfast place - this one checks all the boxes. Diner feeling - older decor, open kitchen, counter seating as well as booths on the wall and side by side seating... Read more

Lou Mitchell's

565 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, Illinois
60661 USA


Open now until 2:00 pm
  • Wed - Fri: 6:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sun, Sat: 7:00 am - 2:00 pm

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  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Does not take
  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Takeout
  • Waitstaff
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