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Roister’s prized fried chicken.
Nick Murway

18 Outstanding Chicago Restaurants That Are Open Mondays

On a day when many restaurants are closed, eaters can still get a great meal out

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Roister’s prized fried chicken.
| Nick Murway

If there’s one day that Chicago’s hospitality industry sleeps, it’s Mondays. Which means that dining out on a Monday night can prove challenging, and frustrating for those who want a great meal out on a day when many restaurants are closed. So, here are 18 great restaurants that do serve on Monday nights.

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1. Lula Cafe

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2537 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 489-9554
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Beloved Logan Square stalwart Lula Cafe is ready on Mondays with inspired, and seasonally-driven, new American cuisine.

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2. Quiote

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2456 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(312) 878-8571
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Aside from Chicago’s most comprehensive and well-curated mezcal collection, pop into Quiote on Mondays for elevated Mexican staples like fried oyster tacos and crab tostadas.

3. Paulie Gee's Logan Square

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2451 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 360-1072
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New York expert Paulie Gee’s executes great Neapolitan pies with atypical toppings, like the “Hellboy”: fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, spicy soppressata, Parmesan, and hot honey.

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4. Boka

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1729 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 337-6070
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Boka executes new American plates of lemon verbena-accented scallop crudo, and a whole roasted aged duck right, and chef Lee Wolen continues to earn one Michelin star for doing so.

5. Alinea

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1723 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 867-0110
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This past May, Chicago’s gold star of avant-garde cookery went from five days to seven days of service, making reservations ever so slightly more attainable.

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6. Pizzeria Bebu

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1521 N Fremont St
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 280-6000
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At Lincoln Park’s Pizzeria Bebu, anticipate classic and creatively-topped pies made with quality ingredients on Mondays.

7. Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse

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1028 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 266-8999
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This steadfast Chicago steakhouse has been serving its devout clientele since 1989 — and does so on Mondays.

8. Nico Osteria

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1015 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 994-7100
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For seasonal Italian cookery in a grand space, One Off’s Nico Osteria delivers.

9. Spiaggia

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2nd Floor, Suite 1, 980 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 280-2750
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Head to Chicago’s one-Michelin-star Spiaggia for its elegant contemporary Italian plates by chef Tony Mantuano.

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10. Piccolo Sogno

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464 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 421-0077
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Arguably one of Chicagos top Italian haunts, hit Piccolo Sogno for some of the city’s most authentic Neapolitan pies and great handmade pastas.

It's the most delicious time of year...#TRUFFLE season! : @scrumptious.chicago

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11. RPM Steak

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66 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 284-4990
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Raise the stakes on Monday nights with RPM Steak’s excellent collection of beef, which ranges from several types of wagyu to prime domestic beef.

Raise the steaks this weekend.

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12. Bavette's Bar & Boeuf

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218 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 624-8154
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Think surf and turf, with a sexy Parisian accent, from Brendan Sodikoff’s Bavette’s on Mondays.

Dinner with my best buddy! Lord knows I needed someone to feed me!

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13. Aba

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302 N Green St 3rd floor
Chicago, IL 60607
(773) 645-1400
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Chef CJ Jacobson’s newbie Israeli/Mediterranean boite Aba has proved a tremendous hit since its June debut. Sample his olive oil-laced plates on the restaurant’s lush garden patio.

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14. Roister Restaurant

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951 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

Inspired, flavor-packed American cookery shines on Mondays at The Alinea Group’s most casual fine dining engagement, Roister. Don’t miss the fried chicken.

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15. Momotaro

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820 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-4818
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For sushi, grilled skewers, and composed Japanese plates, Momotaro wins. And there’s Japanese whisky, too, at Boka Group’s palace on Mondays.

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16. Au Cheval

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800 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 929-4580
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If craving a burger, or even some scrambled eggs with foie gras, Hogsalt’s ever-popular bistro has eaters covered on Mondays.

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17. Blackbird Restaurant

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619 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 715-0708
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Drop by One Off’s pioneering OG fine dining staple Blackbird for ingredient-driven, seasonal plates of cherry-barbecued pork and chitarra pasta with clams, yuzu, and fermented tomato.

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18. avec

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615 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 377-2002
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Windy City staple avec is ready on Mondays with seasonally-inclined rustic Mediterranean share plates.

1. Lula Cafe

2537 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Lula Cafe Lula Cafe

Beloved Logan Square stalwart Lula Cafe is ready on Mondays with inspired, and seasonally-driven, new American cuisine.

2537 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

2. Quiote

2456 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Aside from Chicago’s most comprehensive and well-curated mezcal collection, pop into Quiote on Mondays for elevated Mexican staples like fried oyster tacos and crab tostadas.

2456 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

3. Paulie Gee's Logan Square

2451 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
paulie gee pizza

New York expert Paulie Gee’s executes great Neapolitan pies with atypical toppings, like the “Hellboy”: fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, spicy soppressata, Parmesan, and hot honey.

2451 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

4. Boka

1729 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Boka executes new American plates of lemon verbena-accented scallop crudo, and a whole roasted aged duck right, and chef Lee Wolen continues to earn one Michelin star for doing so.

1729 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

5. Alinea

1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
Allen Hemberger

This past May, Chicago’s gold star of avant-garde cookery went from five days to seven days of service, making reservations ever so slightly more attainable.

1723 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

6. Pizzeria Bebu

1521 N Fremont St, Chicago, IL 60642

At Lincoln Park’s Pizzeria Bebu, anticipate classic and creatively-topped pies made with quality ingredients on Mondays.

1521 N Fremont St
Chicago, IL 60642

7. Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse

1028 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

This steadfast Chicago steakhouse has been serving its devout clientele since 1989 — and does so on Mondays.

1028 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611

8. Nico Osteria

1015 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

For seasonal Italian cookery in a grand space, One Off’s Nico Osteria delivers.

1015 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611

9. Spiaggia

2nd Floor, Suite 1, 980 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Lamb by Spiaggia.
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Head to Chicago’s one-Michelin-star Spiaggia for its elegant contemporary Italian plates by chef Tony Mantuano.

2nd Floor, Suite 1, 980 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

10. Piccolo Sogno

464 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60642

Arguably one of Chicagos top Italian haunts, hit Piccolo Sogno for some of the city’s most authentic Neapolitan pies and great handmade pastas.

464 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60642

11. RPM Steak

66 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654

Raise the stakes on Monday nights with RPM Steak’s excellent collection of beef, which ranges from several types of wagyu to prime domestic beef.

66 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654

12. Bavette's Bar & Boeuf

218 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654

Think surf and turf, with a sexy Parisian accent, from Brendan Sodikoff’s Bavette’s on Mondays.

218 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654

13. Aba

302 N Green St 3rd floor, Chicago, IL 60607
Barry Brecheisen

Chef CJ Jacobson’s newbie Israeli/Mediterranean boite Aba has proved a tremendous hit since its June debut. Sample his olive oil-laced plates on the restaurant’s lush garden patio.

302 N Green St 3rd floor
Chicago, IL 60607

14. Roister Restaurant

951 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607
Nick Murway

Inspired, flavor-packed American cookery shines on Mondays at The Alinea Group’s most casual fine dining engagement, Roister. Don’t miss the fried chicken.

951 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

15. Momotaro

820 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607
A person holding a platter of sushi. © 2016 Galdones Photography

For sushi, grilled skewers, and composed Japanese plates, Momotaro wins. And there’s Japanese whisky, too, at Boka Group’s palace on Mondays.

820 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607

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16. Au Cheval

800 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
Au cheval burger
[Photo: Nick Fochtman]
Nick Fochtman

If craving a burger, or even some scrambled eggs with foie gras, Hogsalt’s ever-popular bistro has eaters covered on Mondays.

800 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

17. Blackbird Restaurant

619 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661
Blackbird [Official Photo]

Drop by One Off’s pioneering OG fine dining staple Blackbird for ingredient-driven, seasonal plates of cherry-barbecued pork and chitarra pasta with clams, yuzu, and fermented tomato.

619 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661

18. avec

615 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661

Windy City staple avec is ready on Mondays with seasonally-inclined rustic Mediterranean share plates.

615 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661

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