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12 Great Late Night Eats in Chicago

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Chicagoans know that no matter the hour, there is great food to be had if you know where to look. Chicago is known for its dining options and with so many restaurants open either 24 hours or until the wee hours of the morning, even late late at night, the options abound. No matter if you're feeling Thai, Chinese, breakfast, hot dogs or burgers, just because the sun is about to rise, doesn't mean you can't get your fix. These are a few of the best late night eats The Second City has to offer so whether you've just pulled an all-nighter at the library or are stumbling out of a bar, you'll know where to go to score whatever you're in the mood for.
— Aaron Baer-Harsha

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Nacional 27

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Enjoy food culled from the 27 countries that comprise Central and South America even late night. The bar and lounge stay open until 2 AM on Fridays and 3AM on Saturdays.

Three Aces

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Though you can enjoy their enormous drink list as late as 3 on Saturdays and 2 the rest of the week, you can sample from their late night menu until 1 AM every night. Highlights include duck fat chips and popcorn with scallions and parmesan.

Late Night Thai

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This place is so serious about their late night food they put it in their name. Open until 5 AM on Friday and Saturday and 4 AM the rest of the week, except for Monday when they're closed, you can get your pad thai and satay fix no matter the hour.

Five Faces Ice Cream Shop

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This Division St. gem is open until 5 AM all week. Get your Chicago Dogs, gyros and burgers and, of course, ice cream then head home and know you couldn't have ended your debaucherous night any better.

Jim's Original Hot Dog

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For over 70 years they have been been hawking their polish sausages to hordes of drunk, and occasionally sober, Chicagoans. Open 24 hours so no matter what state your in, you can know they will be there for you.

Chi Cafe

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Next time you find yourself in Chinatown at 5 in the morning, know that dining-wise, you have an option. The sizzling beef is a good choice but, of course, the General Tzos is always a safe bet.

Tony's Burrito Mex

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Ever get a hankering for a burrito at 4 AM on a Saturday? of course you have. Next time head to Tony's for their epic, and cheap, creations.

Greektown Gyros

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Open 24/7, Greektown serves up your favorite pita wrapped ground meats no matter the hour. The portions are huge and the prices aren't bad either.

Maxwell Street Depot

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It's not that unusual for a diner to be open 24 hours but it is unusual for said diner to serve up food this good. After a night full of things to regret, why not add a big, juicy, delicious burger to the list?

Pick Me Up Café

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Just because it's late doesn't mean you can't eat healthy. Open all night on the weekends and until 3 AM during the week, you can get your vegan fix even late.

Hot Diggity Dogs

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In a city full of hot dog options, this one should not be overlooked, especially on a Friday night. Open until 3 AM on the weekend, always a solid option.

Hollywood Grill

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Get the pancakes and omelets or go for the burgers and dogs. Regardless of what you get, know that it's going to be great. Open 24 hours.

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Nacional 27

Enjoy food culled from the 27 countries that comprise Central and South America even late night. The bar and lounge stay open until 2 AM on Fridays and 3AM on Saturdays.

Three Aces

Though you can enjoy their enormous drink list as late as 3 on Saturdays and 2 the rest of the week, you can sample from their late night menu until 1 AM every night. Highlights include duck fat chips and popcorn with scallions and parmesan.

Late Night Thai

This place is so serious about their late night food they put it in their name. Open until 5 AM on Friday and Saturday and 4 AM the rest of the week, except for Monday when they're closed, you can get your pad thai and satay fix no matter the hour.

Five Faces Ice Cream Shop

This Division St. gem is open until 5 AM all week. Get your Chicago Dogs, gyros and burgers and, of course, ice cream then head home and know you couldn't have ended your debaucherous night any better.

Jim's Original Hot Dog

For over 70 years they have been been hawking their polish sausages to hordes of drunk, and occasionally sober, Chicagoans. Open 24 hours so no matter what state your in, you can know they will be there for you.

Chi Cafe

Next time you find yourself in Chinatown at 5 in the morning, know that dining-wise, you have an option. The sizzling beef is a good choice but, of course, the General Tzos is always a safe bet.

Tony's Burrito Mex

Ever get a hankering for a burrito at 4 AM on a Saturday? of course you have. Next time head to Tony's for their epic, and cheap, creations.

Greektown Gyros

Open 24/7, Greektown serves up your favorite pita wrapped ground meats no matter the hour. The portions are huge and the prices aren't bad either.

Maxwell Street Depot

It's not that unusual for a diner to be open 24 hours but it is unusual for said diner to serve up food this good. After a night full of things to regret, why not add a big, juicy, delicious burger to the list?

Pick Me Up Café

Just because it's late doesn't mean you can't eat healthy. Open all night on the weekends and until 3 AM during the week, you can get your vegan fix even late.

Hot Diggity Dogs

In a city full of hot dog options, this one should not be overlooked, especially on a Friday night. Open until 3 AM on the weekend, always a solid option.

Hollywood Grill

Get the pancakes and omelets or go for the burgers and dogs. Regardless of what you get, know that it's going to be great. Open 24 hours.

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