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Medici on 57th

Bakery, Deli / Bodega, and Sandwich Place$$$$
Hyde Park, Chicago
100 Tips and reviews
  • milkshakes
  • sandwiches
  • coffee
  • obama
  • pizza
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  • Nina N.
    Nina NiremaNovember 27, 2012
    One of my favorite spots in Hyde Park. In the winter, enjoy yummy hot chocolate and write your name in one of the booths. In the summer, you have to eat brunch on the rooftop patio. Everything's good.
  • Rosemary A.
    Rosemary AriasNovember 10, 2012
    The "garbage" pizza is great! Went back after 20 plus years and it was still the same atmosphere, tastes, just everything! If you order fries, just one order will do for up to 3 persons! Just great!
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistJanuary 9, 2015
    You can’t have a good pizza without a good crust, and if you want good crust, heading to a bakery is a no-brainer. Expect options on crust at this spot along with funky and various toppings Read more
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsJanuary 10, 2012
    The kitchen gladly makes gluten-free and allergy-free substitutions, such as quesadillas made with corn instead of flour tortillas. No peanuts are on the menu, though the attached bakery does use nuts Read more
  • Janelle P.
    Janelle PetersNovember 13, 2014
    I always recommend the Med(s) to those visiting Hyde Park. Café au lait, pastries, fruit pies and tarts, etc. Their OJ was always warm and sunny during my AM... in religion.
  • Colin B.
    Colin BurkeDecember 21, 2015
    Steak sandwich and Mediterranean Pizza are not to be missed. Great coffee too. Booths are tight and scrawled with generations of initials and messages. Friendly but slow service.
  • Rock P.
    Rock PageJuly 2, 2011
    The coffee here is really good, but the French toast was a little bland for my taste. If you come for breakfast definitely get something from the bakery. You won't be disappointed.
  • Jessy P.
    Jessy PJanuary 20, 2012
    Medici was better 20 years ago, when it was more college student prices, now its gotten more expensive and hanging on Obama's coattails, service has gone down a lot too. So sad!! :( FLORIAN COME BACK!
  • CollegeFashionista
    CollegeFashionistaJanuary 14, 2014
    Tried and true, the croissants at the Medici on 57th are well worth the walk from campus as they're super buttery and dense.
  • Ashli M.
    Ashli MelvinMarch 22, 2013
    No suggestions are needed because everything is delicious. Their crossiants and cinnamon rolls are so good that I get one after I leave the gym.
  • Kyle H.
    Kyle HaywardApril 4, 2012
    Service goes down when the server knows that the customer is a notoriously bad tipper, as everyone who has waited on Jessy P. knows she is.
  • Tracy D.
    Tracy DavisSeptember 12, 2013
    Get the spinach lasagne! Sooooo goood! Start out with the guacamole and chips. Best guacamole I've ever had!!
  • Karl N.
    Karl NorbyDecember 30, 2009
    Get a grilled cheese with blue cheese (doesn't cost more, even if it isn't on the menu anymore). It is even better with bacon.
  • Jasmine D.
    Jasmine DavilaMay 11, 2009
    Save room for dessert (huge sundaes!), or at least a float or a milkshake. The Mexicana milkshake is especially delicious.
  • Niall C.
    Niall ConnellanNovember 19, 2014
    Great food and service. Get here early if you plan on having brunch as it gets VERY busy.
  • francesca k.
    francesca kritikosAugust 25, 2015
    The arugula, manchego cheese, and fig jam baguette is a great vegetarian option.
  • Anastasia B.
    Strawberry lemonade is sooo refreshing in the summer! Also, the shakes are absolutely delicious.
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MacheretNovember 3, 2013
    Food is packed with flavor but very portioned. Cafe drinks are much better next door at Z&H.
  • Helen P.
    Helen ParkAugust 12, 2015
    For those looking for an actual bakery (vs. Pastries shop) medici has amazing cranberry and walnut bread!
  • Charlie L.
    Hans' Special is great! Also have good options for gluten allergies/celiac.
  • Craig C.
    Craig CunninghamDecember 27, 2010
    wonderful brunch on son LOVES the squeeze-your-own-oj...bacon blue cheese burger to die for!
  • Zach F.
    Zach FelsensteinApril 17, 2015
    Mexicana shake gets all the buzz, but the mocha shake is also a great bet.
  • 1uppitynegress
    1uppitynegressAugust 8, 2012
    Don't do the spinach & feta croissant if you don't eat meat. It's gross. Made me nauseous. It was super gross.
  • University of Chicago Law School
    A favorite of students, faculty, and staff of the University of Chicago Law School, including former professors Barack Obama and Elena Kagan.
  • Mary B.
    Mary BittnerJanuary 13, 2014
    Try the mocha milkshake with chocolate ice-cream substituted for vanilla.
  • Monique W.
    Monique WJanuary 27
    I had the pasta. But you really can't go wrong with anything on the menu.
  • Amy R.
    It's fine and has something for everyone's tastes--but not as good as I remember 10 years ago
  • Leo Z.
    Leo ZhuApril 6, 2013
    You can get blueberry pancakes instead of normal pancakes in a breakfast combo for only $0.30 extra!
  • Morgan M.
    Morgan MonroeNovember 20, 2012
    Try the Cajun Turkey Sandwich - #spicy #satisfying. Definitely going back
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FerreraSeptember 25, 2015
    This is a great detour when you're in the area for the university or the museums.
  • Alex S.
    Alex SobleJuly 25, 2013
    This place is adorable. But the WiFi is very erratic. Not a good place to work on Internet-y projects.
  • Juan L.
    Juan LopezOctober 31, 2010
    The Croissants are delicious!! Muffins are very good as well.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoSeptember 20, 2010
    The rooftop patio is the best seat in the house at this University of Chicago hangout. Read more
  • Sarah Y.
    Sarah YuMay 29, 2012
    Come here after 10pm. All the pastries are only a dollar
  • Sarah
    SarahMarch 17, 2014
    You'll get tired of the food, but milkshakes (and pastries) are forever.
  • Daria
    DariaDecember 6, 2011
    Great brunch on sunday! Arguably better than Salonica...
  • Rebecca S.
    Rebecca ShumanSeptember 26, 2013
    Good chicken fingers but don't order the pizza because it takes forever to cook
  • Alison
    AlisonAugust 2, 2010
    Agree with all the hype over the Mexicana shake! Delicious!
  • Austin D.
    Austin DuusAugust 16, 2011
    If you're hungry, get the thin crust garbage pizza
  • Julia P.
    Julia ParkFebruary 20, 2013
    Their garbage pizza, chilly cheese fries :) salmon Benedict for brunch!
  • Samara R.
    Samara RusakowMay 28, 2014
    average food. Doesn't live up to the hype. Only good thing is the milshake.
  • Elias M.
    Elias MechaberMay 29, 2012
    One dollar pastries if you come later at night.
  • Anna B.
    Anna BokunApril 17, 2013
    3 words: goat cheese appetizer.
  • Jasmine H.
    Jasmine HoodJuly 19, 2013
    Service and food was great! Will be dining here more often!
  • O. K.
    O. K.November 19, 2014
    The burgers are delicious, as are the shakes!
  • Julia P.
    Julia ParkFebruary 13, 2013
    Mexican milkshake, fruit tart, and strawberry lemonade :) to die for
    Upvoted May 8
  • Steve L.
    Steve LarsonFebruary 20, 2012
    Cool place for lunch and super kid friendly.
  • Bruce P.
    Bruce PaulOctober 16, 2011
    Just had to add the place my family would go when they visited me in Hyde Park
  • Samantha H.
    Samantha HillFebruary 14
    Great coffee, sandwiches an pastries
  • Jose C.
    Jose CorrecherAugust 23, 2011
    La hamburguesa con queso azul esta de muerte. Ademas aquí solía venir Obama a comer.
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