Au Bon Pain: "Croissants near Art Institute" Au Bon Pain Tip by BeatChick

Au Bon Pain, Chicago: 1 reviews and 4 photos

  Au Bon Pain
by BeatChick
  • Au Bon Pain - Chicago
      Au Bon Pain
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  • Au Bon Pain & Art Institute - Chicago
      Au Bon Pain & Art Institute
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  • Au Bon Pain - Chicago
      Au Bon Pain
    by BeatChick
  • Au Bon Pain - Chicago
      Au Bon Pain
    by BeatChick

If you're looking for a quick stop on your jaunts throughout Chicago, then Au Bon Pain is a great choice. An American institution born from the desire to bring fresh French-style bakery goods to US citizens, they own over 250 branches throughout the world, including 16 other locations in Chicago alone.

After an afternoon with shrimp56 exploring the Art Institute of Chicago museum, I stopped off at Au Bon Pain for croissant, fruit salad and peach iced tea ($8.13). I chose to sit inside at the small tables looking out the large windows. Conversely, during excellent weather (such as we had that weekend) you may sit outside on the terrace underneath the yellow umbrellas. Either choice is good as you gain superb views of all the people passing down S. Michigan Avenue.

Mr. Connolly & I stopped off by here during our trip and Ian & I stopped by here for lunch also before our visit to the Art Institute:
$3.59 - Lg OJ
$4.79 - 1/2 Turkey Swiss sandwich
$6.39 - Chef Salad
$2.39 - Nantucket Nectar
$3.19 - Fresh watermelon

Favorite Dish: .
Croissant, Salad, Fruit Salad & Peach Iced Tea

The croissants were good but not nearly as good as the pastry shop I'd hunted down Sunday at Vanille Patisserie. The unsweetened iced tea was a perfect complement to the croissant and didn't compete with the sweetness of the fruit salad (which was delightfully fresh).

Photos: May 2009 & September 2007

Address: 122 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: Mere steps from the Art Institute of Chicago on Michigan Avenue. You can see it in the left-hand side of the photo with the yellow umbrellas.
Phone: 312-427-4925
Price: less than US$10
Rating: 4
Theme: Bakery

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 28, 2009
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