Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant

Chicago, Illinois

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Start your Route 66 road trip off right with a good breakfast at Lou Mitchell’s restaurant in Chicago, Illinois.

Lou Mitchell’s opened in 1923 and several factors contributed to its continued success. Besides their delicious breakfast and lunch fare, its location at the start of Route 66 made it a quintessential stop before traveling the Mother Road and, being close to Union Station (Chicago’s main train station), the restaurant attracted workers coming into the city looking for work during the Great Depression. Today, it has maintained its popularity for road trippers and businessmen alike, attracting thousands of hungry diners each week.

The diner was opened by William Mitchell and was originally located in a smaller venue across the street. It eventually was renamed Lou Mitchell’s, after his son, and moved to the location where it still stands today.

A beacon of hospitality visitors are offered boxes of Milk Duds to tide them over while they wait for tables along with fresh donut holes. Once seated you can choose from an impressive menu that hasn’t changed much from the start. Pancakes, waffles, and skillets are offered alongside the “world’s best” coffee, homemade bread, pastries, and fresh-squeezed orange juice.

The restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch and, while lunch service starts pre-mid-day, breakfast is served all opening hours.

Lou Mitchell’s is known as being “the first stop on the Mother Road” and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.

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Pancakes and bacon at Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant in Chicago, Illinois Route 66 Diner

Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant

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Address:
565 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60661

Hours:
6am-2pm (Wednesday-Friday)
7am-2pm (Saturday-Sunday)
Closed (Monday-Tuesday)

Cost:
$$

Phone Number:
(312) 939-3111

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Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant in Chicago, Illinois, here are some things to know before you go.

  • This Route 66 diner does not have its own lot, but metered street or nearby paid lot parking is available.
  • The lunch menu is served after 10:30am. The breakfast menu is served all day.

Where to Stay Near Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest at the beginning or end of your journey with a stay at one of these downtown Chicago hotels near Route 66.

Congress Plaza Hotel

Located near the start of Route 66, the Congress Plaza Hotel has been in operation since 1893 and is a welcoming stay for the beginning of your journey on the Mother Road.

Freehand Chicago

Located in the River North neighborhood, just one mile from the beginning of Route 66, Freehand Chicago is a hip hotel featuring unique designs, a fun atmosphere, and happy hour specials at the on-site bar, Broken Shaker. Freehand is housed in a 1927 building that originally operated as the Devonshire Hotel.

Palmer House Hilton

Located just steps from Route 66, Palmer House Hilton is a luxurious historic hotel with all the modern conveniences you could desire alongside award-winning services. Palmer House was built in 1925 and was the city’s first hotel with elevators, electric light bulbs, and telephones in the guest rooms. The French neo-classical influences of the design give this landmark its distinctive charm.

Enhance your visit to Chicago with a tour! Whether you love history, architecture, or family-friendly adventures, there are plenty of options for everyone.

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