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4621 N Ravenswood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
United States



NogginLabs was founded on the notion that custom e-learning design and development is the ultimate horizontal industry. Time and again, each new project, client, and industry proves it. The biggest advantage of the e-learning horizontal is cross-pollinating ideas from two wildly different domains. A restaurant service simulation for iPad may influence a high-fashion online retail challenge. E-learning for financial advisors in a bank could inspire a mobile outreach program for cancer survivors. This variety also keeps the creative folks at NogginLabs fresh. Fresh learning ideas and designs come from a set of constantly changing constraints.

Fuel for e-learning: lunchtime at NogginLabs


Fuel for e-learning: lunchtime at NogginLabs

Geoff Hyatt

NogginLabs makes custom e-learning for a wide-ranging set of learners across many industries, so it makes sense that we call Chicago home. You can see our city’s rich and varied cultural legacy in its architecture, its art, its music, its business community, and—of course—its food. A stunning variety of dining options serve incredible meals in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood, just blocks from our office. At work, we always have a chance to kickstart our creativity with novel flavors and dishes when lunchtime rolls around. Here are five staff favorites to check out if you ever find yourself in the Noggin neighborhood.

CoCo Vietnamese Sandwiches & Pho

A casual, relaxed restaurant offering giant bowls of delicious pho (a beef or chicken noodle soup), bánh mì sandwiches (served on a baguette-like bread) and other flavorful fare.

Spacca Napoli Pizzeria

 We’re all fans of Chicago’s indulgent deep-dish pizza, but just a short walk from our front door you can find a delectable, old-world alternative. Traditional Neapolitan thin-crust baked in abrick oven makes this a must-try for any pizza explorer.


A spacious patio seating area, an expansive menu, and a great set of lunch specials make this a favorite. The pan-Asian menu offers everything from sushi platters, to fried rice, to tom yum soup at affordable prices.

Glenn’s Diner

Known for its ever-changing seafood chalkboard menu and its breakfast cereal wall, Glenn’s lunch menu has something for just about everyone. Favorites include the Big BLT, French onion soup, jambalaya, or cioppino (a fish stew).

Aroy Thai

They might have pared down their once thick-as-a-brick menu,  but Aroy Thai still has a massive selection of Thai favorites that will keep you coming back for more. When they say spicy, they mean it—so be prepared!

And those are just a few! A bit of exercise, a little socializing, and change of scenery in the middle of the workday can be just the thing to get your mind moving again. (Remember the hazards of the Sad Desk Lunch? Don’t let it happen to you.) Seeking out new experiences, changing things up, and keeping it fun is what we’re all about, from e-learning design to lunch hour. Come visit us! We’ll be happy to show you around.