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Make Mondays better with pasta and wine at Piccolo Sogno.
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Outstanding Chicago Restaurants That Are Open on Mondays

Despite some closures, diners can still enjoy a delicious meal out

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Make Mondays better with pasta and wine at Piccolo Sogno.
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If there’s one day the hospitality industry sleeps, it’s Mondays. Which means dining out that day can prove challenging and frustrating for those who want a great meal as many restaurants are closed. Fortunately, there are still plenty of places open that won’t disappoint, and the following list highlights 20 of the best ones.

As of August 20, the city has mandated that everyone wear facial coverings while indoors. For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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1. Little Bad Wolf

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1541 W Bryn Mawr Ave
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 942-6399
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Boasting one of the best burgers in Chicago, Little Bad Wolf is an essential Andersonville spot. No matter what day it is, folks can devour said burger plus tacos, baos, fried shrimp, fried chicken, and more. The extensive beer and whiskey list is similarly impressive. Order online here.

A burger with a basket of fries.
Little Bad Wolf’s burger is a can’t-miss.
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2. Baha Restaurant

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4842 W Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60639
(773) 283-8984
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Diners embark on a culinary trip to the Mexican coast for fresh seafood at this Belmont Cragin restaurant. The kitchen specializes in mariscos, including a variety of ceviches, fish and shrimp dishes, and a beautiful tower of shrimp, fish, crab, and mango called “Torre Sears.” Large parties can opt for the platters full of fried red snapper, stuffed lobster tail, prawns, crab legs, and more. The beverage list leans on agave-based cocktails like margaritas and mezcalitas.

3. Longman & Eagle

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2657 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 276-7110
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Logan Square’s popular gastropub has been around since 2010 and is open from lunch to dinner every day of the week. The dishes by chef Maxwell Robbins change frequently to highlight what’s in season, but expect to find options such as wild boar sloppy joes, grilled duck liver, broiled oysters, and roast chicken. There’s a huge collection of whiskeys to sip too. Order carryout here or delivery here.

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Guests can enjoy a meal and also rent a room upstairs to stay in at Longman & Eagle.
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4. 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 farm-to-table cuisine. Online ordering is available here.

5. Paulie Gee's

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2451 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 360-1072
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New York pizza expert Paulie Gee’s makes great Neapolitan-inspired pies with atypical toppings, like the “Hellboy” — fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, spicy soppressata, parmesan, and hot honey. There are also plenty of vegan options as well as Detroit-style squares. A second location is in Wicker Park. Place orders here.

6. Le Bouchon

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1958 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 862-6600
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Le Bouchon is a versatile neighborhood bistro where guests can celebrate a special occasion or just unwind after a long day with a couple glasses of wine. Enjoy French classics, such as onion tart, salade Lyonnaise, steak frites, and roast duck, in a cozy and charming dining room. On Mondays, bottles are half-priced.

7. Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse

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1028 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 266-8999
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Famed Chicago steakhouse Gibsons has been serving beefy cuts to its devout clientele since 1989, and it doesn’t rest on Mondays. Additional locations in Rosemont and Oak Brook.

8. Nico Osteria

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1015 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 994-7100
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For seasonal Italian cooking and fresh seafood in a grand space, Nico Osteria delivers.

A table of diners enjoying a variety of dishes.
Elevated seafood dishes star at Nico Osteria.
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9. Tzuco

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720 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 374-8995
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Chef-owner Carlos Gaytan uses French techniques to craft bold and imaginative Mexican flavors at his upscale River North restaurant Tzuco. Refined versions of guacamole, cochinita pibil, and tuna ceviche are all present on the menu alongside originals like French onion soup with poblano peppers and carne asada served with chipotle goat cheese fondue.

10. Piccolo Sogno

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464 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 421-0077
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One of Chicago’s top Italian spots, Piccolo Sogno offers some of the city’s best Neapolitan pies and great handmade pastas. The lush outdoor patio is a a big attraction too. Order here for carryout.

A plate of seafood pasta.
Rustic Italian plates and wines make Piccolo Sogno a Chicago favorite.
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11. Bavette's Bar & Boeuf

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218 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 624-8154
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Indulge in dry-aged steaks and seafood towers — with sexy Parisian flair — at Hogsalt Hospitality’s popular destination Bavette’s.

A plate of steak on a table.
Bavette’s offers an intimate and lavish experience.
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12. 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 Mediterranean hit Aba impresses diners with hummus, mezze, olive oil-laced plates, and a stunning rooftop patio. Online ordering is available here.

13. Momotaro

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820 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-4818
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Sushi, grilled skewers, and composed Japanese plates are the winning formula for Momotaro. And there are Japanese whiskies and sakes as well at Boka Restaurant Group’s crown jewel on Mondays. Order online here.

14. Greek Islands

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200 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 782-9855
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Arguably the most popular Greek restaurant in town, Greek Islands dishes out comforting and reliable staples. From saganaki and avgolemono soup to grilled octopus and roasted leg of lamb, the expansive menu has it all. And the portions are quite generous. There’s a second location in Lombard.

15. S.K.Y.

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1239 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 846-1077
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Stephen Gillanders’s creative modern restaurant in Pilsen offers an elevated dining experience at approachable prices. The globally-inspired menu features dishes like black truffle croquettes, Maine lobster dumplings, foie gras bibimbap, and fried chicken served with fermented hot sauce and creamed corn.

16. Dolo Restaurant and Bar

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2222 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 877-5117
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Chinatown never sleeps and Dolo is among the neighborhood’s many restaurants that don’t take a day off. Stop in for dim sum, fresh seafood, and a host of classic Cantonese dishes. There’s also a full bar as well as on-site parking. Online ordering is available here.

17. Yassa African Restaurant

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3511 S King Dr
Chicago, IL 60653
(773) 488-5599
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The flavors of Senegal shine at Yassa. Owners Madieye and Awa Gueye whip up specialties like fataya (deep fried pastry filled with salmon), yassa (a spicy dish of meat or fish marinated in onions, mustard, and lemon), and maafe (peanut stew with cubes of lamb). The dining space is also decked out with traditional West African décor. Online ordering is available here.

18. Pearl's Place Restaurant

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3901 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60653
(773) 285-1700
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Whether it’s the weekend or a Monday, this Bronzeville institution serves an endless supply of Southern soul foods. There’s an a la carte menu but the best bet is to go with the buffet option. Items include specialty omelets, fried chicken, braised oxtails, smoked ham hock, smothered short ribs, and more. In addition, breakfast is available all day. Online orders can be placed here.

A dish of shrimp and grits.
Pearl’s Place is known for its soul food buffet.
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19. Honey 1 BBQ

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746 E 43rd St
Chicago, IL 60653
(773) 285-9455

Barbecue enthusiasts adore the outstanding smoked meats coming out of this celebrated Bronzeville joint. Owner Robert Adams Sr. and his family cook tender ribs, rib tips, and hot links over wood fire in an aquarium-style glass smoker. They also offer other items like wings, fried fish, brisket, and pulled pork.

20. Al Bawadi Grill

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7216 W 87th St
Bridgeview, IL 60455
(708) 599-1999
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Head to Bridgeview for the finest Middle Eastern food in the area. The southwest suburb has many excellent restaurants, including Al Bawadi Grill. Feast on mezze, kibbeh, wood-grilled meats, shawarma, and much more. The Arabian-style décor makes guests feel at home while servers dressed in traditional attires also add to the festive atmosphere. A second outpost is located in Niles. Online ordering is available here.

A plate of grilled meats and rice.
Diners are treated to a captivating Middle Eastern experience at Al Bawadi Grill.
Al Bawadi Grill [Official Photo]

1. Little Bad Wolf

1541 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL 60660
A burger with a basket of fries.
Little Bad Wolf’s burger is a can’t-miss.
Little Bad Wolf [Official Photo]

Boasting one of the best burgers in Chicago, Little Bad Wolf is an essential Andersonville spot. No matter what day it is, folks can devour said burger plus tacos, baos, fried shrimp, fried chicken, and more. The extensive beer and whiskey list is similarly impressive. Order online here.

1541 W Bryn Mawr Ave
Chicago, IL 60660

2. Baha Restaurant

4842 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60639

Diners embark on a culinary trip to the Mexican coast for fresh seafood at this Belmont Cragin restaurant. The kitchen specializes in mariscos, including a variety of ceviches, fish and shrimp dishes, and a beautiful tower of shrimp, fish, crab, and mango called “Torre Sears.” Large parties can opt for the platters full of fried red snapper, stuffed lobster tail, prawns, crab legs, and more. The beverage list leans on agave-based cocktails like margaritas and mezcalitas.

4842 W Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60639

3. Longman & Eagle

2657 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
A table of diners sharing a variety of dishes.
Guests can enjoy a meal and also rent a room upstairs to stay in at Longman & Eagle.
Longman & Eagle [Official Photo]

Logan Square’s popular gastropub has been around since 2010 and is open from lunch to dinner every day of the week. The dishes by chef Maxwell Robbins change frequently to highlight what’s in season, but expect to find options such as wild boar sloppy joes, grilled duck liver, broiled oysters, and roast chicken. There’s a huge collection of whiskeys to sip too. Order carryout here or delivery here.

2657 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

4. Lula Cafe

2537 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Beloved Logan Square stalwart Lula Cafe is ready on Mondays with inspired and seasonally-driven farm-to-table cuisine. Online ordering is available here.

2537 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

5. Paulie Gee's

2451 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

New York pizza expert Paulie Gee’s makes great Neapolitan-inspired pies with atypical toppings, like the “Hellboy” — fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, spicy soppressata, parmesan, and hot honey. There are also plenty of vegan options as well as Detroit-style squares. A second location is in Wicker Park. Place orders here.

2451 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

6. Le Bouchon

1958 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Le Bouchon is a versatile neighborhood bistro where guests can celebrate a special occasion or just unwind after a long day with a couple glasses of wine. Enjoy French classics, such as onion tart, salade Lyonnaise, steak frites, and roast duck, in a cozy and charming dining room. On Mondays, bottles are half-priced.

1958 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

7. Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse

1028 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

Famed Chicago steakhouse Gibsons has been serving beefy cuts to its devout clientele since 1989, and it doesn’t rest on Mondays. Additional locations in Rosemont and Oak Brook.

1028 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611

8. Nico Osteria

1015 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611
A table of diners enjoying a variety of dishes.
Elevated seafood dishes star at Nico Osteria.
Nico Osteria [Official Photo]

For seasonal Italian cooking and fresh seafood in a grand space, Nico Osteria delivers.

1015 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611

9. Tzuco

720 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654

Chef-owner Carlos Gaytan uses French techniques to craft bold and imaginative Mexican flavors at his upscale River North restaurant Tzuco. Refined versions of guacamole, cochinita pibil, and tuna ceviche are all present on the menu alongside originals like French onion soup with poblano peppers and carne asada served with chipotle goat cheese fondue.

720 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654

10. Piccolo Sogno

464 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60642
A plate of seafood pasta.
Rustic Italian plates and wines make Piccolo Sogno a Chicago favorite.
Galdones Photography/Piccolo Sogno

One of Chicago’s top Italian spots, Piccolo Sogno offers some of the city’s best Neapolitan pies and great handmade pastas. The lush outdoor patio is a a big attraction too. Order here for carryout.

464 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60642

11. Bavette's Bar & Boeuf

218 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654
A plate of steak on a table.
Bavette’s offers an intimate and lavish experience.
Bavette’s [Official Photo]

Indulge in dry-aged steaks and seafood towers — with sexy Parisian flair — at Hogsalt Hospitality’s popular destination Bavette’s.

218 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654

12. Aba

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

Chef CJ Jacobson’s Mediterranean hit Aba impresses diners with hummus, mezze, olive oil-laced plates, and a stunning rooftop patio. Online ordering is available here.

302 N Green St 3rd floor
Chicago, IL 60607

13. Momotaro

820 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607

Sushi, grilled skewers, and composed Japanese plates are the winning formula for Momotaro. And there are Japanese whiskies and sakes as well at Boka Restaurant Group’s crown jewel on Mondays. Order online here.

820 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607

14. Greek Islands

200 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661

Arguably the most popular Greek restaurant in town, Greek Islands dishes out comforting and reliable staples. From saganaki and avgolemono soup to grilled octopus and roasted leg of lamb, the expansive menu has it all. And the portions are quite generous. There’s a second location in Lombard.

200 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60661

15. S.K.Y.

1239 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608

Stephen Gillanders’s creative modern restaurant in Pilsen offers an elevated dining experience at approachable prices. The globally-inspired menu features dishes like black truffle croquettes, Maine lobster dumplings, foie gras bibimbap, and fried chicken served with fermented hot sauce and creamed corn.

1239 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608

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16. Dolo Restaurant and Bar

2222 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Chinatown never sleeps and Dolo is among the neighborhood’s many restaurants that don’t take a day off. Stop in for dim sum, fresh seafood, and a host of classic Cantonese dishes. There’s also a full bar as well as on-site parking. Online ordering is available here.

2222 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

17. Yassa African Restaurant

3511 S King Dr, Chicago, IL 60653

The flavors of Senegal shine at Yassa. Owners Madieye and Awa Gueye whip up specialties like fataya (deep fried pastry filled with salmon), yassa (a spicy dish of meat or fish marinated in onions, mustard, and lemon), and maafe (peanut stew with cubes of lamb). The dining space is also decked out with traditional West African décor. Online ordering is available here.

3511 S King Dr
Chicago, IL 60653

18. Pearl's Place Restaurant

3901 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60653
A dish of shrimp and grits.
Pearl’s Place is known for its soul food buffet.
Pearl’s Place [Official Photo]

Whether it’s the weekend or a Monday, this Bronzeville institution serves an endless supply of Southern soul foods. There’s an a la carte menu but the best bet is to go with the buffet option. Items include specialty omelets, fried chicken, braised oxtails, smoked ham hock, smothered short ribs, and more. In addition, breakfast is available all day. Online orders can be placed here.

3901 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60653

19. Honey 1 BBQ

746 E 43rd St, Chicago, IL 60653

Barbecue enthusiasts adore the outstanding smoked meats coming out of this celebrated Bronzeville joint. Owner Robert Adams Sr. and his family cook tender ribs, rib tips, and hot links over wood fire in an aquarium-style glass smoker. They also offer other items like wings, fried fish, brisket, and pulled pork.

746 E 43rd St
Chicago, IL 60653

20. Al Bawadi Grill

7216 W 87th St, Bridgeview, IL 60455
A plate of grilled meats and rice.
Diners are treated to a captivating Middle Eastern experience at Al Bawadi Grill.
Al Bawadi Grill [Official Photo]

Head to Bridgeview for the finest Middle Eastern food in the area. The southwest suburb has many excellent restaurants, including Al Bawadi Grill. Feast on mezze, kibbeh, wood-grilled meats, shawarma, and much more. The Arabian-style décor makes guests feel at home while servers dressed in traditional attires also add to the festive atmosphere. A second outpost is located in Niles. Online ordering is available here.

7216 W 87th St
Bridgeview, IL 60455

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