Pret a Manger

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This grab-and-go breakfast and lunch spot opposite Willis Tower aims to move harried professionals in and out within minutes. Though there are seats for lingering (and taking advantage of the free WiFi), most folks will likely grab a sandwich, wrap or salad from the fridge and head right back out. But don’t think of this UK-based counter-service spot chain, which has other US locations on the East Coast, as your typical pre-made sandwich joint--all items are assembled each morning on site, and the chain pledges to avoid additives and preservatives commonly found in other quick-service spots. The menu offers hearty staples such as grilled salmon and brown rice salads, brie and basil baguettes, and a chicken, bacon and apple sandwich on nine-grain bread; you'll also find rotating daily specials like tuna nicoise and bacon and cheddar sandwiches. Don’t miss the crusty, European-style baguettes--perfect for dipping in one of the homemade soups.