France’s Deli on N. Clark

France’s Deli

Sandwiches, American Food

frances outside

2552 N. Clark St.

Chicago, IL 60614



Clark Street in Lincoln Park has erupted with many great restaurants, galleries, boutiques, and even tattoo parlors.   Near Molly’s Cupcakes and Aloha Hawaiian restaurant, France’s Deli still stands since 1938.  It is by far the oldest deli in Lincoln Park.  It has seen much, the immigrant population of the 1940s, the gentrification of the 1970s, and now the era of the young professional today. This is the perfect place college students or any average person to come in and eat. The pricing is budget friendly.

France's Deli

The outside has a nice colorful sign that attracts attention from people. It also has a sidewalk cafe for customers who want to sit outside and eat. The inside is very old fashioned. You can tell that its been around for awhile. However, I think that is what the owners were going for. They wanted to keep it authentic and memorable. It represents the history of past 75 years. As soon as you walk in, you can tell it is a friendly and happy place to be. The atmosphere is very down to earth and everyone seems happy and satisfied when leaving.

The menu is huge.  You can get anything from burgers, to comfort food, to one of their 18 different specialty sandwiches.  For just 10 bucks you can make your own deli sandwich that comes with coleslaw, and your choice of fries, potato salad, or potato pancake.  OR get a 1/2 sandwich with soup for just $10 as well.

I believe this place has great value to the neighborhood since its been around for 75 years, and it has quite a few regular customers.  The clientel of this deli is local average residents, college students, and people who come to visit Chicago. There have been celebrities who have also been to Frances. Such as, Vince Vaughn.

vince vaughn frances

Contributed by Saumil Thakkar

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