565 W Jackson Blvd Chicago, IL 60661-5701 (312) 939-3111 phone (312) 939-4400 fax
Corporate Office 333 S. Des Plaines St., Suite 506 (312) 382-0707 phone (312) 382-1707 fax
The Lou Mitchell's Story
85 Years Later, We’re Still the Best
Great Food and Fun!
Uncle Lou’s father started the family business in 1923, and then entered his son, Lou Mitchell.
Enough fresh eggs have been cracked, made into omelettes, cooked in skillets and sold at Lou Mitchell’s to go side-by-side more than a few times around the world. And to think, it all started with one man’s dream in Chicago, Illinois.
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The man was “Uncle” Lou Mitchell. His graciousness, friendliness, hospitality and constant effort and attention to quality and excellence soon had the droves of hungry eager customers standing in line.
The fun part of Lou Mitchell’s magic formula was added one day in 1958. Since that day, millions of donut holes to all and boxes of milk duds to the ladies and children have been given out.
The news spread and patrons flocked from all around the world: England, France, Germany, Italy...
Today Lou Mitchell’s is not only a Chicago institution, but also recognized nationally and internationally with endless
accolades. Among the list are USA Today, American Way, newspapers, magazines, food critics, television. “It’s a must see place.”
Located at the beginning of Route 66 at 565 W. Jackson Boulevard, Lou Mitchell’s has been host to many. Everyone from U.S. Presidents, Mayors, Governors, Senators, Representatives, athletes, coaches, authors, judges, lawyers, clergy, and stars of the stage and screen. It’s a time-honored whistle stop on the campaign trails of many elected officials. Additionally, the restaurant’s patrons have served many members of the media as a solid source on how Chicagoans really think and feel about a variety of issues.
Uncle Lou taught us that excellence is a constant effort and that quality stands out.
Entering our 86th year, it’s still a family affair continuing the traditions of Lou Mitchell’s by the Thanas Family.