I went there a couple of years ago. as others have said it was quite busy and I noticed there was a lot of people with young children in there. The vanilla cheescake was excellent. I still remember what I had two years on, so it must have been good. It is at the base of the John Hancock Building - the big black one with the X's. Have a trip up there as well, much less crowded than Sears Tower.
As an aside, for all of you British readers the interia puts you in mind of the TARDIS.
The Cheesecake Factory in Chicago is a chain restaurant but we really love it! The service is good and the prices aren't bad. The only problem with this on Michigan Avenue is that it's PACKED. It's always at least an hour to an hour and a half wait.
My tip is this.
It's a little known FACT that you can walk right into the bar area, get a table without waiting and order from the full menu. We do this every single time we go in Chicago. People perceive it as more of a waiting area so tables open up fast. The last 2 times in Chicago, we've walked right in, gotten a table in the bar area (which incidentally is no different than the restaurant area) and eaten and been out within an hour and a half. Depending on how fast we wanted to go.
Favorite Dish: I'll eat anything, most things I've tried are great.
So many types of cheesecakes to choose from! A slice is expensive though, around $6 a piece. They serve dinner food that is also very yummy! I got the grilled cheese, but wanted to get the Asian Veg. Stir-Fry. Be sure to make reservations ahead of time. The wait for us was around 45 minutes.
Favorite Dish: Desserts!
The Restaurant has a wide variety of food on the menu, including an entire desert menu--CHEESECAKE!!!!!!!!
The atmosphere is unique! And a really great area of downtown Chicago.
Favorite Dish: I've only had the Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake, so I'll try something else on my 2nd trip, which will be soon, and then I'll let you know!
The Cheesecake Factory in Chicago is located on the bottom of the Hancock Building. The interior of the restaurant is just dreamy -- it really makes me feel like I'm dining inside a mushroom. The ceiling, the columns, the walls are so bulbous and esoteric.
Favorite Dish: Cheesecake, obviously! There are a million kinds, and you can have them shipped home.
The quanity is quite generous and you might have to ask for a 'doggie bag'.
Favorite Dish: A lot of variety of Cheescake flavors for dessert and they have regular dinner menu also.
The atmosphere is great but it is essential to bookm a table in the evening as there is a high demand for it
Favorite Dish: Cheesecake - over 100 varieties!!!!
The 'Cheesecake Factory' in the basement and the bar on the 95th floor of the Hancock Tower offer great food and drinks.