Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Ceres Café, Chicago, IL

Ceres Café is located in The Chicago Board of Trade Building and is a full service restaurant featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with cocktails. 3 generations have provided only the finest quality homemade soups, 10 different types of salads, 32 different sandwiches, fish, and allow you to design your own breakfast.

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From Wikipedia (

"Since 1930, the Chicago Board of Trade has been operating out of 141 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago. It is housed in a building designed by architects Holabird & Root that is 605 feet (184 m) tall, the tallest in Chicago until the Richard J. Daley Center superseded it in 1965. This Art Deco building incorporates sculptural work by Alvin Meyer and is capped by a 31 foot (9.5 m) tall statue of the Roman goddess Ceres in reference to the exchange's heritage as a commodity market. Ceres is faceless because its sculptor, John Storrs, believed that the forty-five story building would be sufficiently taller than any other nearby structure and as a result that no one would be able to see the sculpture's face anyway.

On May 4, 1977, the Chicago Board of Trade Building was designated a Chicago Landmark. The building is now a National Historic Landmark. Today the Board of Trade Building is closely joined by numerous skyscrapers in the heart of Chicago's busy Loop commercial neighborhood."

(Photo by Alvin Meyer)

I only have gone to Ceres for lunch. It’s close to our office and my coworkers and I often go Wednesdays for their Mexican Tortilla Soup special. The soup is amazingly good, rumor has it that it is the leftovers from Tuesday’s enchilada special, in any case it is well-worth searching out. I’ve also had the Southwest Salad, which is large, yummy, and full of good-tasting stuff. Heard good stuff about the Spinach Italiano and the Fish Tacos (which I don’t eat, since I don’t eat fish and it might be a special because I don’t see it on the menu). One complaint I have is that some of the appetizers are only available after 2:00 PM, so you can’t have the southwest eggrolls with your tortilla soup. Bummer.

I’ve never been at night, but my coworkers often hold their Thirsty Thursday there after work. Apparently, the drinks are lethal, cheap, and accompanied by some really good popcorn.

Ceres Café is recommended by me as a good, decently-priced, place for lunch, if you’re in the mood for a non-touristy place with (sometimes) entertaining waitresses.

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  1. frickin' Chicago for food, man. Can't beat it.

  2. Thanks for the info - I'm looking for a good lunch spot to meet a friend this week in that area. We may check it out!


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