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Where to Find Late-Night Food in Chicago

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Chicago is the city that works and in many cases that means clocking out well past 5 p.m. For those with nocturnal schedules or nightlifers who need sustenance, there are lots of delicious options. The following essential spots have stayed open late and served great food for years. The latest additions to the list include Korean bar Dancen, vegan-friendly Pick Me Up Cafe, and old-school diner White Palace Grill. While restaurants in Chicago have to close for patio service at 11 p.m., takeout and delivery are considered essential services and can continue.

As of October 30, Chicago restaurants can no longer serve customers indoors. Still, a number of Chicago restaurants have outdoor seating. The state now requires reservations for patio dining. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. Ghareeb Nawaz

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2032 W Devon Ave
Chicago, IL 60659
(773) 761-5300
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Go big at this Indian mainstay on Devon Avenue that’s open late. Everything on the menu is less than $10 so fill up on biryanis, curries, kebabs, and more without breaking the bank. Ghareeb Nawaz also has locations in University Village and Lombard. The restaurant offers takeout and delivery via third party services.

2. Superdawg Drive-In

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6363 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60646
(773) 763-0660
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The pandemic makes drive-thru restaurants uniquely situated to tackled the risks of COVID-19. Chicago’s greatest drive-thru continues to thrive. Superdawg’s unique hot dogs taste better while sitting in the car enjoying the retro setting.

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3. Little Bad Wolf

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1541 W Bryn Mawr Ave
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 942-6399
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Head to this Andersonville gastropub for a beer and one of the finest burgers in town. The menu leans heavily on comfort foods as well as an extensive collection of whiskeys and craft brews. Little Bad Wolf offers outdoor seating and takeout and delivery.

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The burger at Little Bad Wolf is exceptional.
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4. San Soo Gab San

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5247 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 334-1589
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Customers won’t be able to grill their own meats at this Korean barbecue restaurant but they can still feast on kalbi, bulgogi, and samgyeopsal in the comforts of home. A second location is in Morton Grove. San Soo Gab San offers takeout and delivery via third party services.

A charcoal grill and various banchan on a table.
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5. Dancen

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5114 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 878-2400

A small, nondescript Korean bar located in Lincoln Square, Dancen serves one of the city’s best late-night bites: Fire chicken. The must-try dish stars chunks of spicy marinated chicken that’s grilled over an open flame until it’s charred and caramelized. Diners can temper some of the heat by ordering it topped with melted cheese. The restaurant offers takeout.

6. Pick Me Up Cafe

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4882 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 248-6613
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After 23 years in Lakeview, this vegan-friendly diner relocated to Uptown in 2020. The menu remains the same, offering favorites like vegan “mac & cheeze,” nachos, pizza quesadillas, and an Asian-style stir fry. Pick Me Up Cafe is open for takeout and delivery.

7. The Wiener's Circle

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2622 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 477-7444
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A true Chicago experience isn’t complete without a visit to Lincoln Park’s Wiener’s Circle. Management always has new gimmicks up its sleeve, but the char dogs — and the staff's high jinks — are still memorable. Just be sure to know what to expect if ordering a chocolate shake. During the pandemic, late-night hours have been limited to Thursday through Sunday. The restaurant offers outdoor seating and takeout and delivery via third-party services.

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8. Pequod's

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2207 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 327-1512
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A hotspot for locals and tourists alike, Pequod’s is an essential Chicago dining experience. The Eater 38 pizzeria is renowned for the caramelized crust on its pan pies, a quality that gives the outer dough a cheesy flavor and crispy crunch. A second outpost is located in Morton Grove. The restaurant offers takeout and delivery; anticipate at least 40 minutes for the pizzas to bake.

9. The Moonlighter

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3204 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 360-8896
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The Scofflaw Group’s laid-back sports bar features a spacious outdoor patio and approachable items like burgers, wings, and cheese fries. Takeout and delivery are also available.

10. Redhot Ranch

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2449 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 772-6020
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Drunken stupors and grease go together like … hot dogs and fries? Unlike ketchup, dumping a pile of spuds on top of a wiener is something Chicagoans fully support. Get the aforementioned Depression Dog, terrific smashed burgers, jumbo fried shrimp, and more at this no-frills joint. The restaurants just moved from Ashland to right around the corner to Armitage. A second outpost is located in Lakeview. Redhot Ranch offers outdoor seating and takeout.

11. Avec

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615 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 377-2002
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One Off Hospitality’s Mediterranean-influenced wine bar has been a popular attraction since debuting in 2003. The impressive wine list is moderately priced, highlighting bottles from boutique European vineyards, and paired with shared plates like housemade focaccia and chorizo-stuffed dates. The restaurant has also introduced Avec Rotisserie, a to-go operation focusing on roast chicken and more. Outdoor seating is available as well as takeout and delivery via third party services.

12. White Palace Grill

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1159 S Canal St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 939-7167
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Breakfast for dinner? All options are on the table at this legendary greasy spoon that has been feeding college students, city workers, and night owls since 1939. The kitchen cranks out reliable omelets, skillets, pancakes, waffles, French toasts, sandwiches, and more at all hours of the day. White Palace Grill offers takeout and delivery via third party services.

13. Jim's Original

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1250 S Union Ave
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-7820
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Jim’s Original, the self-proclaimed home of the “original” Polish sausage, epitomizes Chicago’s street food scene. Satisfy the late-night munchies with a delicious Polish, hot dog, or pork chop sandwich. The stand offers takeout and delivery via third party services.

14. Taqueria Los Comales

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1544 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 666-2251
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Cheap, quick, and filling, tacos make for an excellent late-night meal. This popular local mini-chain offers a variety of choices including al pastor, bistec, barbacoa, and pescado. The tortas and burritos are equally tasty. Taqueria Los Comales offers takeout and delivery via third party services.

15. Lawrence's Fish & Shrimp

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2120 S Canal St
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 225-2113
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A night on the town often ends in a binge-eating session, and few things are as devourable as the fried specialties at this South Side eatery. Enjoy shrimp — ranging from jumbo-sized to coconut — or golden pieces of catfish, cod, and perch. Lawrence’s has multiple locations and outdoor seating, and offers takeout and delivery via third party services.

16. Chi Cafe

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2160 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 842-9993
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Chinatown is home to lots of late-night dining options and Chi Cafe is among the best. The long menu offers everything from congee and noodle soups to beef, pork, and seafood dishes — and at budget-friendly prices. The restaurant offers takeout and delivery.

A plate of rice noodles with beef.
Chi Cafe cooks up a variety of American Chinese classics.
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17. Raymond's Tacos No. 2

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2406 S Blue Island Ave
Chicago, IL 60608
(773) 254-5301

This popular mini-chain is open until 11:30 p.m. with delivery through Uber Eats. Street food expert Titus Ruscitti recommends the steak taco with American cheese.

18. Ricobene's

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252 W 26th St
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 225-5555
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Ricobene’s famous breaded steak sandwich is a Chicago classic and especially good as late-night fuel. The meaty creation features breaded steak, mozzarella, tomato sauce, and giardiniera on a Turano French roll. Other menu highlights include Italian beef, meatball sub, and pizza slices. The restaurant offers takeout and delivery.

19. Maxwell Street Depot

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

Located just a couple of blocks away from Sox Park, Maxwell Street Depot serves cheap and greasy delights. Grab a Polish sausage or a bone-in pork chop sandwich for a dependable post-game meal. The restaurat offers takeout and delivery.

20. Phil's Pizza

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1102 W 35th St
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 523-0947
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Although Chicago is famously associated with deep dish pizza, a large number of locals prefer a cracker-thin crust. Phil’s Pizza in Bridgeport is a longtime champion of tavern-style pies, which boast crispy, square-cut slices topped with tomato sauce and a thick layer of mozzarella. Adding fennel sausage is also highly recommended. The pizzeria is cash only and offers takeout and delivery.

21. Italian Fiesta Pizzeria

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1919 E 71st St
Chicago, IL 60649
(773) 684-2222
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All five Italian Fiesta locations are open until midnight most days, and 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. This pizza is designed for carryout, with a memorable crisp crust dusted with herbs. President Obama endorsed the Hyde Park location when he lived in Chicago.

22. Lem's Bar-B-Q

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311 E 75th St
Chicago, IL 60619
(773) 994-2428
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Follow the smells coming from this South Side institution’s aquarium smoker and order up some rib tips. Lem’s offers takeout, and don’t forget about those hot links.

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1. Ghareeb Nawaz

2032 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60659

Go big at this Indian mainstay on Devon Avenue that’s open late. Everything on the menu is less than $10 so fill up on biryanis, curries, kebabs, and more without breaking the bank. Ghareeb Nawaz also has locations in University Village and Lombard. The restaurant offers takeout and delivery via third party services.

2032 W Devon Ave
Chicago, IL 60659

2. Superdawg Drive-In

6363 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60646
A person with curly red hair wearing glasses hands a bag of food to a person sitting in an SUV. Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

The pandemic makes drive-thru restaurants uniquely situated to tackled the risks of COVID-19. Chicago’s greatest drive-thru continues to thrive. Superdawg’s unique hot dogs taste better while sitting in the car enjoying the retro setting.

6363 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60646

3. Little Bad Wolf

1541 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL 60660
A burger with a basket of fries.
The burger at Little Bad Wolf is exceptional.
Little Bad Wolf [Official Photo]

Head to this Andersonville gastropub for a beer and one of the finest burgers in town. The menu leans heavily on comfort foods as well as an extensive collection of whiskeys and craft brews. Little Bad Wolf offers outdoor seating and takeout and delivery.

1541 W Bryn Mawr Ave
Chicago, IL 60660

4. San Soo Gab San

5247 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
A charcoal grill and various banchan on a table.
Get Korean barbecue to go at San Soo Gab San.
San Soo Gab San [Official Photo]

Customers won’t be able to grill their own meats at this Korean barbecue restaurant but they can still feast on kalbi, bulgogi, and samgyeopsal in the comforts of home. A second location is in Morton Grove. San Soo Gab San offers takeout and delivery via third party services.

5247 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

5. Dancen

5114 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

A small, nondescript Korean bar located in Lincoln Square, Dancen serves one of the city’s best late-night bites: Fire chicken. The must-try dish stars chunks of spicy marinated chicken that’s grilled over an open flame until it’s charred and caramelized. Diners can temper some of the heat by ordering it topped with melted cheese. The restaurant offers takeout.

5114 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

6. Pick Me Up Cafe

4882 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

After 23 years in Lakeview, this vegan-friendly diner relocated to Uptown in 2020. The menu remains the same, offering favorites like vegan “mac & cheeze,” nachos, pizza quesadillas, and an Asian-style stir fry. Pick Me Up Cafe is open for takeout and delivery.

4882 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

7. The Wiener's Circle

2622 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

A true Chicago experience isn’t complete without a visit to Lincoln Park’s Wiener’s Circle. Management always has new gimmicks up its sleeve, but the char dogs — and the staff's high jinks — are still memorable. Just be sure to know what to expect if ordering a chocolate shake. During the pandemic, late-night hours have been limited to Thursday through Sunday. The restaurant offers outdoor seating and takeout and delivery via third-party services.

2622 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614

8. Pequod's

2207 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

A hotspot for locals and tourists alike, Pequod’s is an essential Chicago dining experience. The Eater 38 pizzeria is renowned for the caramelized crust on its pan pies, a quality that gives the outer dough a cheesy flavor and crispy crunch. A second outpost is located in Morton Grove. The restaurant offers takeout and delivery; anticipate at least 40 minutes for the pizzas to bake.

2207 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

9. The Moonlighter

3204 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

The Scofflaw Group’s laid-back sports bar features a spacious outdoor patio and approachable items like burgers, wings, and cheese fries. Takeout and delivery are also available.

3204 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

10. Redhot Ranch

2449 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Drunken stupors and grease go together like … hot dogs and fries? Unlike ketchup, dumping a pile of spuds on top of a wiener is something Chicagoans fully support. Get the aforementioned Depression Dog, terrific smashed burgers, jumbo fried shrimp, and more at this no-frills joint. The restaurants just moved from Ashland to right around the corner to Armitage. A second outpost is located in Lakeview. Redhot Ranch offers outdoor seating and takeout.

2449 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

11. Avec

615 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661

One Off Hospitality’s Mediterranean-influenced wine bar has been a popular attraction since debuting in 2003. The impressive wine list is moderately priced, highlighting bottles from boutique European vineyards, and paired with shared plates like housemade focaccia and chorizo-stuffed dates. The restaurant has also introduced Avec Rotisserie, a to-go operation focusing on roast chicken and more. Outdoor seating is available as well as takeout and delivery via third party services.

615 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661

12. White Palace Grill

1159 S Canal St, Chicago, IL 60607

Breakfast for dinner? All options are on the table at this legendary greasy spoon that has been feeding college students, city workers, and night owls since 1939. The kitchen cranks out reliable omelets, skillets, pancakes, waffles, French toasts, sandwiches, and more at all hours of the day. White Palace Grill offers takeout and delivery via third party services.

1159 S Canal St
Chicago, IL 60607

13. Jim's Original

1250 S Union Ave, Chicago, IL 60607

Jim’s Original, the self-proclaimed home of the “original” Polish sausage, epitomizes Chicago’s street food scene. Satisfy the late-night munchies with a delicious Polish, hot dog, or pork chop sandwich. The stand offers takeout and delivery via third party services.

1250 S Union Ave
Chicago, IL 60607

14. Taqueria Los Comales

1544 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608

Cheap, quick, and filling, tacos make for an excellent late-night meal. This popular local mini-chain offers a variety of choices including al pastor, bistec, barbacoa, and pescado. The tortas and burritos are equally tasty. Taqueria Los Comales offers takeout and delivery via third party services.

1544 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608

15. Lawrence's Fish & Shrimp

2120 S Canal St, Chicago, IL 60616

A night on the town often ends in a binge-eating session, and few things are as devourable as the fried specialties at this South Side eatery. Enjoy shrimp — ranging from jumbo-sized to coconut — or golden pieces of catfish, cod, and perch. Lawrence’s has multiple locations and outdoor seating, and offers takeout and delivery via third party services.

2120 S Canal St
Chicago, IL 60616

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16. Chi Cafe

2160 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
A plate of rice noodles with beef.
Chi Cafe cooks up a variety of American Chinese classics.
Chi Cafe [Official Photo]

Chinatown is home to lots of late-night dining options and Chi Cafe is among the best. The long menu offers everything from congee and noodle soups to beef, pork, and seafood dishes — and at budget-friendly prices. The restaurant offers takeout and delivery.

2160 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

17. Raymond's Tacos No. 2

2406 S Blue Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60608

This popular mini-chain is open until 11:30 p.m. with delivery through Uber Eats. Street food expert Titus Ruscitti recommends the steak taco with American cheese.

2406 S Blue Island Ave
Chicago, IL 60608

18. Ricobene's

252 W 26th St, Chicago, IL 60616

Ricobene’s famous breaded steak sandwich is a Chicago classic and especially good as late-night fuel. The meaty creation features breaded steak, mozzarella, tomato sauce, and giardiniera on a Turano French roll. Other menu highlights include Italian beef, meatball sub, and pizza slices. The restaurant offers takeout and delivery.

252 W 26th St
Chicago, IL 60616

19. Maxwell Street Depot

411 W 31st St, Chicago, IL 60616

Located just a couple of blocks away from Sox Park, Maxwell Street Depot serves cheap and greasy delights. Grab a Polish sausage or a bone-in pork chop sandwich for a dependable post-game meal. The restaurat offers takeout and delivery.

411 W 31st St
Chicago, IL 60616

20. Phil's Pizza

1102 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609

Although Chicago is famously associated with deep dish pizza, a large number of locals prefer a cracker-thin crust. Phil’s Pizza in Bridgeport is a longtime champion of tavern-style pies, which boast crispy, square-cut slices topped with tomato sauce and a thick layer of mozzarella. Adding fennel sausage is also highly recommended. The pizzeria is cash only and offers takeout and delivery.

1102 W 35th St
Chicago, IL 60609

21. Italian Fiesta Pizzeria

1919 E 71st St, Chicago, IL 60649

All five Italian Fiesta locations are open until midnight most days, and 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. This pizza is designed for carryout, with a memorable crisp crust dusted with herbs. President Obama endorsed the Hyde Park location when he lived in Chicago.

1919 E 71st St
Chicago, IL 60649

22. Lem's Bar-B-Q

311 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619

Follow the smells coming from this South Side institution’s aquarium smoker and order up some rib tips. Lem’s offers takeout, and don’t forget about those hot links.

311 E 75th St
Chicago, IL 60619

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