Unlike other cities, Chicago does not shut down even on some of the coldest winter days. Still, Lake Michigan’s wind chill can take a toll. Armed with that knowledge, many Chicago restaurants invest in robust delivery options to ensure customers are able to enjoy food without compromise from the comfort of their own homes. And with multiple delivery services now operating in Chicago, more and more spots are getting in on the action. New additions to the map include Indian egg dishes at Egg-O-Holic, Northern Thai street fare at Ghin Khao, and pork-centric taqueria Carnitas Uruapan.Read More
19 Great Chicago Restaurants for Delivery
When staying in is the right move
Noon-O-Kabab is an Albany Park favorite that delves into Persian cuisine. The restaurant is split into two parts: A sit-down dining room and a fast-casual space for takeout. Enjoy juicy kebabs, crispy falafel, and more. Order delivery here.
2. Roost Chicken & Biscuits
Beat the blistering cold with hot chicken that’ll induce sweat from head to toe. Roost, with multiple locations, was one of the first places in town frying the Nashville specialty back in 2012 and today it’s still among the finest. Each piece of poultry is seasoned with a variety of spices before being slathered in a fiery cayenne paste and cooked to order. Customers can savor the burn (and cry, if necessary) away from prying eyes by having it delivered. Order delivery here.
3. The Gundis
The city’s only Kurdish restaurant is home to a wide-ranging mix of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors. Try options such as ezme with walnuts, baba ghanoush, chicken shish, lamb shank, and sac tava — a traditional stir-fry. Order delivery here.
4. Pat's Pizza and Ristorante
Few feelings are sadder than when a soggy pizza arrives. Pat’s, which specializes in tavern-style crusts in Lincoln Park, won’t let customers down. It’s a classic taste of Chicago with the perfect crispiness in each bite. Order delivery here.
Costa Rican food is scarce in Chicago but fortunately, Irazu more than makes up for it. The restaurant’s BYOB policy allows patrons to come in and enjoy casado, the pepito sandwich, and oatmeal milkshakes. For those who’d rather not pop open a bottle in the presence of strangers, though, delivery is also available. Order delivery here.
Rangoli arguably serves some of the best Indian food that’s not on Devon Avenue. This small Humboldt Park spot is often packed to the brim so if diners don’t feel like waiting for a table, delivery is always an option. Try the gobi Manchurian — fried cauliflower sauteed with garlic, ginger, and spring onions — or stick with classics such as samosas, butter chicken, and lamb biryani. Order delivery here. There is also a Lincoln Park location.
There are many noteworthy Indian restaurants in Chicago that deliver but only this River West spot specializes in the country’s egg-centric street food. Instead of butter chicken, the menu features dishes including egg rice, egg curry, chicken masala sandwiches, and surti gotalo — shredded boiled eggs mixed with a spicy tomato-based gravy and topped with sunny-side up eggs. Order delivery here.
One of the best sushi spots in town brings fresh fish right to Chicagoans’ doors. No, diners won’t be able to watch executive chef Joseph Fontelera as he skillfully slices up tuna, salmon, and more, but it’s a small price to pay to enjoy sushi at home in pajamas. Menu highlights include soft shell crab maki, bluefin nigiri, and udon noodles in mentaiko cream sauce. Order delivery here.
9. Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
Chicago’s fried chicken standards have raised substantially within the past few years thanks to new additions such as Memphis import Gus’s. The chicken chain’s secret family recipe produces impeccably crisp, golden-brown skin and a juicy interior with a bit of kick from cayenne pepper. After a long day, few things are better than coming home and indulging in some scrumptious thighs and drumsticks. Order delivery here. There is also a River North location.
10. Brown Bag Seafood Co.
Getting away for a lunch break is sometimes difficult but that doesn’t mean workers should skip their midday meal. Brown Bag has multiple locations that bring seafood straight to customers. The choices range from grilled salmon and fried shrimp to curry fish cakes, and they’re available in a variety of formats including salad, sandwich, and tacos. If that doesn’t reel in patrons, there are also luscious lobster rolls served with truffle Parmesan tots. Order delivery here. There are several locations, including Roscoe Village.
11. Honky Tonk BBQ
No one should have to smoke meats outside during a Chicago winter, so order in from this popular barbecue spot instead. Honky Tonk’s owner and chef Willie Wagner is a master of the craft who serves Memphis-style dry-rubbed brisket, ribs, chicken, pulled pork, and more. Delivery customers will miss out on live music and a Wild West atmosphere when eating at home but they also won’t have to worry (as much) about getting sauce all over their clothes. Order delivery here.
12. Carnitas Uruapan
This Eater 38 restaurant focuses all of its attention on the pig. The family-owned business offers succulent pork carnitas, which are slow-cooked for over two hours, by the pound. They’re served alongside tortillas, salsas, and other accompaniments so that diners can make their own tacos. Order delivery here. There’s also a Gage Park location.
13. Pleasant House Pub
Despite a move from Bridgeport to Pilsen in 2016, Pleasant House Pub remains as popular as ever. The restaurant and bakery’s award-winning royal pies come stuffed with delicious fillings including steak and ale, chicken balti, and mushroom, and kale. Add a scotch egg and have a hearty meal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Order delivery here.
14. Ghin Khao
Inspired by her family’s cooking, owner Nova Sasi offers home-style dishes as well as Northern Thai street snacks at this casual Pilsen spot. There’s no pad Thai on the menu but green papaya salad, crab fried rice, grilled pork shoulder, and grandma’s signature fried pork belly will help diners forget all about it. Order delivery here.
15. Original Triple Crown
Chinese food is synonymous with delivery and Original Triple Crown is a Chinatown stalwart. The large menu of American Chinese staples includes noodle and rice dishes; beef, pork, and chicken entrees; and fresh seafood. The signature “hundred flavored” proteins are best sellers and as an added bonus, the restaurant is open late every night. Order delivery here.
Nana in Bridgeport emphasizes local and organic ingredients. Diners can indulge in avocado fries, a “nanadict” (eggs Benedict with chorizo and house-made sopes), and a plantain sandwich for breakfast or lunch. Order delivery here.
17. Phil's Pizza
Chicago, IL 60609
Just down the street from Sox Park, Phil’s Pizza makes great thin crust pies. And while baseball season is over, that doesn’t mean fans have to wait until spring for their next slice. Order a pizza — make sure to get it with juicy, sizeable hunks of sausage — to enjoy at home, but have some bills on hand because it’s cash only. Call 773-523-0947 to order.
18. Gorée Cuisine
19. The Nile
Located near the University of Chicago, the Nile is a low-key Middle Eastern restaurant. Feast on favorites such as shawarma, kebabs, falafels, stuffed grape leaves, hummus, and more without having to put that textbook down. Order delivery here.