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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Nacional 27

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325 W. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 664-2727
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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.

2. Three Aces

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1321 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 243-1577
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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.

3. Late Night Thai

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1650 W Belmont
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 327-9945

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.

4. Five Faces Ice Cream Shop

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10 W Division St.
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 642-7837

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.

5. Jim's Original Hot Dog

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1250 S Union Ave
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-7820
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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.

6. Chi Cafe

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2160 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 842-9993
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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.

7. Tony's Burrito Mex

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1957 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 832-4896

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.

8. Greektown Gyros

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239 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 236-9310

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.

9. Maxwell Street Depot

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411 W. 31st St.
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 337-0000

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?

10. Pick Me Up Café

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3408 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 248-6613

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.

11. Hot Diggity Dogs

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947 W Wellington
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 472-5446

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.

12. Hollywood Grill

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1601 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 395-1818
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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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1. Nacional 27

325 W. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60654

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.

325 W. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60654

2. Three Aces

1321 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607

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.

1321 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL 60607

3. Late Night Thai

1650 W Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657

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.

1650 W Belmont
Chicago, IL 60657

4. Five Faces Ice Cream Shop

10 W Division St., Chicago, IL 60610

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.

10 W Division St.
Chicago, IL 60610

5. Jim's Original Hot Dog

1250 S Union Ave, Chicago, IL 60607

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.

1250 S Union Ave
Chicago, IL 60607

6. Chi Cafe

2160 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

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.

2160 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

7. Tony's Burrito Mex

1957 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

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.

1957 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

8. Greektown Gyros

239 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661

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.

239 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60661

9. Maxwell Street Depot

411 W. 31st St., Chicago, IL 60616

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?

411 W. 31st St.
Chicago, IL 60616

10. Pick Me Up Café

3408 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

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.

3408 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

11. Hot Diggity Dogs

947 W Wellington, Chicago, IL 60657

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.

947 W Wellington
Chicago, IL 60657

12. Hollywood Grill

1601 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

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.

1601 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

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