If all food courts were this good, this diverse and charming, we’d have world peace. Or something. Creator Rich Melman’s innovation extends beyond the tasty offerings—from pizza to stir-fry to barbecues, wraps and much more—and into the process itself. They’ve overcome two challenges that baffle many a food-court family-the problem of four people wanting to buy food at four shops, but out of one pocketbook; and the potential frantic chase for a table afterward. We’ll let you see for yourself how they did it.
Mezzanine Level, Water Tower Place, 835 North Michigan (312)335-3663
Best of Chicago 2002