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12 of Chicago's Best Late-Night Dining Spots

You don’t need a drink for a nightcap: check out these options instead.

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The end of the night shouldn't be dictated by when drinkers leave the bar. And nothing is over until Chicagoans say its over thanks to an increasingly diverse selection of late-night eats. While the usual late-night suspects remain reliable—pizza slices, fast-food burgers and hot dogs—diners have more options to put on cap on late-night shenanigans. Here's a sampling of Chicago's more unique late-night dining options.

—Ashok Selvam

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Ramen-San

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Fridays and Saturdays, this LEYE spot ups the ante with a special rotating late-night fried rice selection starting after 10 p.m. Oh, and they continue to serve beer, just in case you need something to wash down that kimchi, short rib and fried farm egg bowl of fried rice. Open until 1 a.m. Sunday through Friday, and until 2 a.m. Saturday, the kitchen typically shuts down 30 minutes before restaurant closes.

San Soo Gab San

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It’s a miracle no severe burns have been reported, as this Korean staple allows customers to grill meats table side even through a drunken stupor through the wee hours of the night. Just to be safe, always make sure you pick a designated griller. Burned kalbi is no joke. They claim to close at 1 a.m., but diners can often be seen eating past that hour.

New Archview Restaurant

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So you’re in the mood for breakfast? New Archview has you covered with an expansive menu that has something for all tastes. This American diner is also open 24/7.

Maxwell Street Depot

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The pork chop sandwich is an under appreciated item that’s distinctively Chicago and customers can grab one at Maxwell Street 24/7. The burgers and encased meats are also spot on. Maxwell Street Depot has no website…or reality television show for that matter.

Owen & Engine

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O&E’s signature item, its griddled burger with homemade bun, is available until midnight Sunday through Thursday and until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. It’s no Crave Case, but late-night eaters will be pressed to find a better late-night burger.

The Purple Pig

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When Taco Bell or Wendy’s won’t cut it, and you want to class it up after a night of revelry, venture toward the Purple Pig where you’ll find charcuterie, pigs ears and others small plates off the Mag Mile. Kitchen open until midnight Sunday through Thursday, and until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Seven Treasures Cantonese

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This is an affordable Chinatown dive known for a killer pork fried rice topped with fried egg — or the No. 554 on the menu. Open until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and open until 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Taco and Burrito Palace #2

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There are a lot of joints, houses and kings in competition in Chicago, all armed with delicious Mexican food after the bars close. But TBP No. 2 has been doing it for years. There are a lot of hijinks to witness at this Lincoln Park taqueria, but if you’re brave enough to withstand those clowns after 2 a.m. near DePaul, you’ll be rewarded with a delicious burrito or fajita. The new location is also super clean, which is a plus. Closes at 2 a.m. Monday through Wednesday and 3 a.m. on Thursday. Open until 5 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Pizza Metro

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There’s definitely a Euro vibe inside this tiny pizza joint in Ukrainian Village. Forgoing the tired debate of “stuffed versus thin crust,” Pizza Metro serves Roman square pizza that comes off a sheet. Try the potato and rosemary. Open until 1:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Goose Island Shrimp House Chicago

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Oh, so you’re not sure that his place is a good idea based on the location, but you thought that last shot — or any shot — of Fireball was a better decision? Grow up, and venture inside so you can enjoy a brown bag filled with fried shrimp. Don’t forget the hot sauce. It’s not that hot, but you need something to dip your shrimp into. Closed on Monday. Open until 4 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Open until 5 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Rocky's Tacos

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Rocky’s vast menu of tortas, with many of them named after international soccer stars like David Beckham and Ronaldo, are the perfect way to end your night. Open until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

BAI Cafe

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Recently, Chicago has seen a influx of Central Asian restaurants, with their cuisine resembling a mix of Mediterranean, South Asian and Oriental flavors. Bai Cafe is open 24/7 and serves food originating from Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet State, also known as the Kyrgyz Republic. Items like lamb dumplings, soups and noodles are a favorite of Chicago’s taxi drivers.

Ramen-San

Fridays and Saturdays, this LEYE spot ups the ante with a special rotating late-night fried rice selection starting after 10 p.m. Oh, and they continue to serve beer, just in case you need something to wash down that kimchi, short rib and fried farm egg bowl of fried rice. Open until 1 a.m. Sunday through Friday, and until 2 a.m. Saturday, the kitchen typically shuts down 30 minutes before restaurant closes.

San Soo Gab San

It’s a miracle no severe burns have been reported, as this Korean staple allows customers to grill meats table side even through a drunken stupor through the wee hours of the night. Just to be safe, always make sure you pick a designated griller. Burned kalbi is no joke. They claim to close at 1 a.m., but diners can often be seen eating past that hour.

New Archview Restaurant

So you’re in the mood for breakfast? New Archview has you covered with an expansive menu that has something for all tastes. This American diner is also open 24/7.

Maxwell Street Depot

The pork chop sandwich is an under appreciated item that’s distinctively Chicago and customers can grab one at Maxwell Street 24/7. The burgers and encased meats are also spot on. Maxwell Street Depot has no website…or reality television show for that matter.

Owen & Engine

O&E’s signature item, its griddled burger with homemade bun, is available until midnight Sunday through Thursday and until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. It’s no Crave Case, but late-night eaters will be pressed to find a better late-night burger.

The Purple Pig

When Taco Bell or Wendy’s won’t cut it, and you want to class it up after a night of revelry, venture toward the Purple Pig where you’ll find charcuterie, pigs ears and others small plates off the Mag Mile. Kitchen open until midnight Sunday through Thursday, and until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Seven Treasures Cantonese

This is an affordable Chinatown dive known for a killer pork fried rice topped with fried egg — or the No. 554 on the menu. Open until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and open until 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Taco and Burrito Palace #2

There are a lot of joints, houses and kings in competition in Chicago, all armed with delicious Mexican food after the bars close. But TBP No. 2 has been doing it for years. There are a lot of hijinks to witness at this Lincoln Park taqueria, but if you’re brave enough to withstand those clowns after 2 a.m. near DePaul, you’ll be rewarded with a delicious burrito or fajita. The new location is also super clean, which is a plus. Closes at 2 a.m. Monday through Wednesday and 3 a.m. on Thursday. Open until 5 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Pizza Metro

There’s definitely a Euro vibe inside this tiny pizza joint in Ukrainian Village. Forgoing the tired debate of “stuffed versus thin crust,” Pizza Metro serves Roman square pizza that comes off a sheet. Try the potato and rosemary. Open until 1:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Goose Island Shrimp House Chicago

Oh, so you’re not sure that his place is a good idea based on the location, but you thought that last shot — or any shot — of Fireball was a better decision? Grow up, and venture inside so you can enjoy a brown bag filled with fried shrimp. Don’t forget the hot sauce. It’s not that hot, but you need something to dip your shrimp into. Closed on Monday. Open until 4 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Open until 5 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Rocky's Tacos

Rocky’s vast menu of tortas, with many of them named after international soccer stars like David Beckham and Ronaldo, are the perfect way to end your night. Open until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

BAI Cafe

Recently, Chicago has seen a influx of Central Asian restaurants, with their cuisine resembling a mix of Mediterranean, South Asian and Oriental flavors. Bai Cafe is open 24/7 and serves food originating from Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet State, also known as the Kyrgyz Republic. Items like lamb dumplings, soups and noodles are a favorite of Chicago’s taxi drivers.

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