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Where to Order Chinese Food on Christmas Day

Even in these uncertain times, this beloved tradition continues

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The tradition of Jews spending Christmas Day in Chinese restaurants is an old and honorable one, dating back to the turn of the 20th century. Over the years, a movie was added to the ritual, because there’s only so much sitting around the house one family can do before someone feels the urge to commit a violent act. Other non-Christians — and even some Christians — noticed this tradition and saw that it was good. Traditionally, observers of Chinese-food-and-a-movie chose the restaurant based on proximity to the movie theater, but this year, due to the rise of the extra-contagious omicron variant, many people are electing to do the movie part at home. The silver lining: The food can come from anywhere now. Here’s a list of some of the best Chinese restaurants in Chicago open on Christmas Day, all of which offer pickup or delivery.

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; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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1. Shang Noodle & Chinese

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608 Davis St #4419
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 859-6868
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Shang Noodle’s menu spans all the regions of China from north to south, though the soups and hot-and-dry sizzling pots are especially good for cold weather. There are additional locations in Streeterville and the South Loop (which serves dim sum).

2. Mei Shung

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5511 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 728-5778
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This neighborhood spot in Edgewater serves up delicious versions of all the basics, from sesame chicken to Hunan pork and cashew shrimp. It’s also open Christmas Day, but it’s carryout and delivery only.

3. Sun Wah BBQ

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5039 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 769-1254
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The classic Hong Kong-style barbecue joint in Uptown is partnering with Longman & Eagle in Logan Square for a special Christmas meal, including roast duck, but the main restaurant in Uptown will also be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., serving Beijing duck and other specialties.

4. Furama Restaurant

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4936 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 271-1161
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Northsiders who don’t want to venture south to Chinatown can still get their dim sum fix at Furama in Uptown. The restaurant will be open for its regular hours on Christmas Day, and dim sum will be available for takeout, though carts are not included.

5. Great Sea Restaurant

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3253 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 478-9129
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This Albany Park Korean-Chinese restaurant did the world the immeasurable service of creating the lollipop chicken wing and making them available every day of the year, including Christmas Day.

6. Da Mao Jia 大毛家 | Royal Highness Zhu 朱椿 | A Place by DaMao 大毛家

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4131 N Rockwell St
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 799-8151
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Da Mao Jia specializes in Chengdu-style street food, from snacks to barbecue and noodle dishes to hot pot and dessert. The dishes here are truly nose-to-tail, from pork brains to pigs’ feet. There are two additional locations in Lincoln Park and Bridgeport.

7. Friendship Chinese

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2830 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 227-0970
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The Logan Square standby serves some of the best egg rolls in the city, and they’ll be available all day on Christmas Day, along with “Barbarian” Steak (the restaurant’s take on Mongolian beef) and other favorites.

8. D Cuisine

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2723 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 360-7239
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In Lincoln Park, the place to go for dim sum is D Cuisine, which will also be serving Cantonese specialties all day long on Christmas Day.

9. Chengdu Impression Restaurant 成都印象

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2545 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 477-6256
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Ryan Hu (whose uncle is restauranteur Tony Hu of Lao Sze Chuan fame) recently opened a second location of Chengdu Impression in Wicker Park, which means there are now two spots in the city for his very hot-and-spicy Sichuan cuisine throughout Christmas Day.

10. 3 Little Pigs Chi

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3220 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60651

Henry Cai’s virtual restaurant found a permanent home in Humboldt Park in November, and now Cai is ready for his first Christmas as a full-fledged Chinese restaurant. As in the virtual days, pre-order via Instagram.

11. Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings

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2002 S Wentworth Ave #103
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 799-1118
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Qing Xiang Yuan serves up some of the best dumplings in the city, with a lengthy menu of fillings, including seasonal specials, that should satisfy everyone — but if that happens to not be the case, there’s also a selection of barbecue dishes and salads. Frozen dumplings are also available for those who prefer to order in advance.

12. MCCB Chicago

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2138 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 881-0168
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For those intending to spend Christmas Day in their pajamas but still wishing to be fancy, please be aware that MCCB’s signature dish, a whole-grilled fish bathed in hot chili sauce, is available for takeout and delivery.

13. Phoenix Restaurant

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2131 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 328-0848
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Longtime Chinatown standby Phoenix serves up all the Cantonese hits, from noodles and rice to dim sum and Hong Kong barbecue, making Christmas a little brighter year after year.

14. Lao Sze Chuan

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2172 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 326-5040
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Tony Hu’s empire has four additional Chicago-area outposts (plus one in Champaign) beyond the original in Chinatown, and while, as its name suggests, it specializes in Sichuan cuisine, it also offers all the American-style Chinese restaurant classics.

15. MingHin Cuisine

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2168 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 808-1999
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MingHin just opened another location in the South Loop, bringing the grand total to six in the Chicago area (including suburban outposts in Naperville and Rolling Meadows). All of them are open on Christmas Day and they all serve the crispy pork belly Macau-style, which is essentially pig candy, a perfect holiday treat.

16. Moon Palace Restaurant

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216 W Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 225-4081
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Moon Palace remains a Chinatown staple for good reason: It prepares beloved dishes, and it prepares them well, year after year, Christmas after Christmas. This year, however, it will only be taking reservations for parties of six or more.

17. Dolo Restaurant and Bar

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2222 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 877-5117
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Dolo remains one of the city’s best Chinese restaurants (and one of Eater Chicago’s Essential 38), offering dim sum, lollipop chicken wings, live seafood, bento box meals, and house specials like the fried pork spare ribs with garlic.

18. Triple Crown Restaurant

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2217 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 842-0088
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For those that want dim sum at all hours of the day, Triple Crown is the place to go, from early in the morning to the wee, wee hours. The menu is expansive enough to satisfy all appetites, and prices are affordable enough that there’s no reason to skimp.

19. Jade Court

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1516 E Harper Ct
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 966-4106
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After the death of owner Eddy Cheung, his daughter Carol moved Jade Court from University Village to Hyde Park with all the Cantonese specialties intact. But chef Guo Dong Mei changes up the menu frequently, so be sure to ask about the specials.

1. Shang Noodle & Chinese

608 Davis St #4419, Evanston, IL 60201

Shang Noodle’s menu spans all the regions of China from north to south, though the soups and hot-and-dry sizzling pots are especially good for cold weather. There are additional locations in Streeterville and the South Loop (which serves dim sum).

608 Davis St #4419
Evanston, IL 60201

2. Mei Shung

5511 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640

This neighborhood spot in Edgewater serves up delicious versions of all the basics, from sesame chicken to Hunan pork and cashew shrimp. It’s also open Christmas Day, but it’s carryout and delivery only.

5511 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640

3. Sun Wah BBQ

5039 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640

The classic Hong Kong-style barbecue joint in Uptown is partnering with Longman & Eagle in Logan Square for a special Christmas meal, including roast duck, but the main restaurant in Uptown will also be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., serving Beijing duck and other specialties.

5039 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640

4. Furama Restaurant

4936 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640

Northsiders who don’t want to venture south to Chinatown can still get their dim sum fix at Furama in Uptown. The restaurant will be open for its regular hours on Christmas Day, and dim sum will be available for takeout, though carts are not included.

4936 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640

5. Great Sea Restaurant

3253 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

This Albany Park Korean-Chinese restaurant did the world the immeasurable service of creating the lollipop chicken wing and making them available every day of the year, including Christmas Day.

3253 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

6. Da Mao Jia 大毛家 | Royal Highness Zhu 朱椿 | A Place by DaMao 大毛家

4131 N Rockwell St, Chicago, IL 60618

Da Mao Jia specializes in Chengdu-style street food, from snacks to barbecue and noodle dishes to hot pot and dessert. The dishes here are truly nose-to-tail, from pork brains to pigs’ feet. There are two additional locations in Lincoln Park and Bridgeport.

4131 N Rockwell St
Chicago, IL 60618

7. Friendship Chinese

2830 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

The Logan Square standby serves some of the best egg rolls in the city, and they’ll be available all day on Christmas Day, along with “Barbarian” Steak (the restaurant’s take on Mongolian beef) and other favorites.

2830 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

8. D Cuisine

2723 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614

In Lincoln Park, the place to go for dim sum is D Cuisine, which will also be serving Cantonese specialties all day long on Christmas Day.

2723 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614

9. Chengdu Impression Restaurant 成都印象

2545 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Ryan Hu (whose uncle is restauranteur Tony Hu of Lao Sze Chuan fame) recently opened a second location of Chengdu Impression in Wicker Park, which means there are now two spots in the city for his very hot-and-spicy Sichuan cuisine throughout Christmas Day.

2545 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

10. 3 Little Pigs Chi

3220 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60651

Henry Cai’s virtual restaurant found a permanent home in Humboldt Park in November, and now Cai is ready for his first Christmas as a full-fledged Chinese restaurant. As in the virtual days, pre-order via Instagram.

3220 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60651

11. Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings

2002 S Wentworth Ave #103, Chicago, IL 60616

Qing Xiang Yuan serves up some of the best dumplings in the city, with a lengthy menu of fillings, including seasonal specials, that should satisfy everyone — but if that happens to not be the case, there’s also a selection of barbecue dishes and salads. Frozen dumplings are also available for those who prefer to order in advance.

2002 S Wentworth Ave #103
Chicago, IL 60616

12. MCCB Chicago

2138 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

For those intending to spend Christmas Day in their pajamas but still wishing to be fancy, please be aware that MCCB’s signature dish, a whole-grilled fish bathed in hot chili sauce, is available for takeout and delivery.

2138 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

13. Phoenix Restaurant

2131 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Longtime Chinatown standby Phoenix serves up all the Cantonese hits, from noodles and rice to dim sum and Hong Kong barbecue, making Christmas a little brighter year after year.

2131 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

14. Lao Sze Chuan

2172 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Tony Hu’s empire has four additional Chicago-area outposts (plus one in Champaign) beyond the original in Chinatown, and while, as its name suggests, it specializes in Sichuan cuisine, it also offers all the American-style Chinese restaurant classics.

2172 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

15. MingHin Cuisine

2168 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

MingHin just opened another location in the South Loop, bringing the grand total to six in the Chicago area (including suburban outposts in Naperville and Rolling Meadows). All of them are open on Christmas Day and they all serve the crispy pork belly Macau-style, which is essentially pig candy, a perfect holiday treat.

2168 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

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16. Moon Palace Restaurant

216 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616

Moon Palace remains a Chinatown staple for good reason: It prepares beloved dishes, and it prepares them well, year after year, Christmas after Christmas. This year, however, it will only be taking reservations for parties of six or more.

216 W Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL 60616

17. Dolo Restaurant and Bar

2222 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Dolo remains one of the city’s best Chinese restaurants (and one of Eater Chicago’s Essential 38), offering dim sum, lollipop chicken wings, live seafood, bento box meals, and house specials like the fried pork spare ribs with garlic.

2222 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

18. Triple Crown Restaurant

2217 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

For those that want dim sum at all hours of the day, Triple Crown is the place to go, from early in the morning to the wee, wee hours. The menu is expansive enough to satisfy all appetites, and prices are affordable enough that there’s no reason to skimp.

2217 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

19. Jade Court

1516 E Harper Ct, Chicago, IL 60615

After the death of owner Eddy Cheung, his daughter Carol moved Jade Court from University Village to Hyde Park with all the Cantonese specialties intact. But chef Guo Dong Mei changes up the menu frequently, so be sure to ask about the specials.

1516 E Harper Ct
Chicago, IL 60615

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