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Chicago's 14 Hottest Late-Night Restaurants, Summer 2016

Night owls should sleep with a full stomach

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Late-night food isn't a luxury in Chicago, a city where plenty of workers don't just work 9 to 5. Beyond those nocturnal working stiffs, there are also those who need a solid meal or snack to ward off any alcoholic effects from the bars before bedtime. Beyond the classic late-night haunts, Chicago's in luck as more and more restaurant owners are serving up food late night. Here's a selection of newer restaurants that have recently opened or added late-night service. Listed alphabetically.

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1. Arbella

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112 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 344-1673
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Tanta's cocktail-focused sibling has a kitchen that serves, depending on how busy the bar is, until 12:45 a.m. on most days and 1:45 a.m. on Saturday. Find small bites with global flavors like Korean fried chicken and lamb chops.

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2. Beacon Tavern

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405 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 955-4226
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Chef Bob Broskey (L20) has joined forces with Billy Lawless (The Gage) to create a menu full of plenty of seafood, a tasty burger and more. They take reservations until 11:30 p.m.

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3. Buck's

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1700 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 384-9700
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Since Carriage House's December revamp, the chicken and biscuits at Buck's have drawn attention. Even Beyonce and Jay Z visited. They're open until 3 a.m. on Saturday.

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4. Furious Spoon Logan Square

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2410 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 770-3559
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The second location of Furious Spoon in Logan Square serves up ramen until 1 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday, and until 2 a.m. on Friday and 3 a.m. on Saturday.

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5. Johnny's Grill

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2545 N Kedzie Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-2215

Sarah Jordan has revitalized Johnny's Grill in Logan Square. But the pro tip is to order Johnny's burger or fish and chips next door at Mezcaleria Las Flores until 2 a.m.

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6. Kimski's

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960 W 31st St
Chicago, IL 60608
(773) 890-0588
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The folks at Maria's Community Bar have thought out of the box for their Korean/Polish street food concept. The kitchen serves treats like fried rice made with a sauerkraut/kimchi hybrid until midnight.

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7. Lark

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3441 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 799-8968
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This Boystown revamp features pizza and unusual items like Sriracha barbecue ribs. Their late-night menu is offered until 2 a.m. on Sunday through Friday and until 3 a.m. on Saturday.

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8. Maple & Ash

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8 W Maple St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 944-8888
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The downstairs room at this upstart Gold Coast steakhouse serves food daily "until late." Diners will find a limited selection of steaks, but the winner is the Downstairs Burger.

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9. Mikkey's Retro Grill

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5319 S Hyde Park Blvd
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 675-8525
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Mikkey's offers wings with 15 different sauces, but they're known for their burgers, and not just ones made with beef. They've got salmon, turkey and veggie options, too. They're open daily until 4 a.m.

10. Paula's Thai Kitchen

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2441 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

Late-night dining is a tradition in this space that once housed Taco Burrito Palace No. 2. The extensive, special late-night menu is where to go when diners are craving more than a pedestrian pad Thai. They're open daily until 2 a.m.

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11. Safari Lounge

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7124 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60626
(773) 856-0803
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This new spinoff from the owners of venerable Demera Ethiopian mixes a variety of Ethiopian and Caribbean flavors to provide one of Chicago's most-unique menus. Try the chicken wings. They're not from Upstate New York. The late-night menu is available after 11 p.m., and they close at 2 a.m., 3 a.m. on Saturdays.

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12. Saved by the Max

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1941 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 687-9824
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Most everyone knows the story about this nostalgic TV pop-up that lasts until Dec. 31 in Wicker Park. If diners brave the lines, which have been smaller since the opening, they'll get inside the Max which serves until 1 a.m. on Sunday through Friday and 2 a.m. on Saturday.

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13. SmallFry

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2489 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 661-1365
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Triple-fried fries and upscale takes on fast-food burgers are the story in Logan Square, an area that lacks late-night dining options despite the abundance of bars in the neighborhood. They're open until 11 p.m. most days, (closed Wednesday!) and until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

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14. The Halal Guys Chicago

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49 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 877-5575
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Halal Guys has found a home in Chicago, serving up gyros with their famous sauces to patrons near Rush and Division. Hours often extend past midnight, but call ahead.

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1. Arbella

112 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654
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Tanta's cocktail-focused sibling has a kitchen that serves, depending on how busy the bar is, until 12:45 a.m. on most days and 1:45 a.m. on Saturday. Find small bites with global flavors like Korean fried chicken and lamb chops.

112 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654

2. Beacon Tavern

405 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Marc Much

Chef Bob Broskey (L20) has joined forces with Billy Lawless (The Gage) to create a menu full of plenty of seafood, a tasty burger and more. They take reservations until 11:30 p.m.

405 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

3. Buck's

1700 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
Marc Much

Since Carriage House's December revamp, the chicken and biscuits at Buck's have drawn attention. Even Beyonce and Jay Z visited. They're open until 3 a.m. on Saturday.

1700 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

4. Furious Spoon Logan Square

2410 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Marc Much

The second location of Furious Spoon in Logan Square serves up ramen until 1 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday, and until 2 a.m. on Friday and 3 a.m. on Saturday.

2410 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

5. Johnny's Grill

2545 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647
Marc Much

Sarah Jordan has revitalized Johnny's Grill in Logan Square. But the pro tip is to order Johnny's burger or fish and chips next door at Mezcaleria Las Flores until 2 a.m.

2545 N Kedzie Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647

6. Kimski's

960 W 31st St, Chicago, IL 60608
Aron Gent

The folks at Maria's Community Bar have thought out of the box for their Korean/Polish street food concept. The kitchen serves treats like fried rice made with a sauerkraut/kimchi hybrid until midnight.

960 W 31st St
Chicago, IL 60608

7. Lark

3441 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657
Lark

This Boystown revamp features pizza and unusual items like Sriracha barbecue ribs. Their late-night menu is offered until 2 a.m. on Sunday through Friday and until 3 a.m. on Saturday.

3441 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657

8. Maple & Ash

8 W Maple St, Chicago, IL 60610
Marc Much

The downstairs room at this upstart Gold Coast steakhouse serves food daily "until late." Diners will find a limited selection of steaks, but the winner is the Downstairs Burger.

8 W Maple St
Chicago, IL 60610

9. Mikkey's Retro Grill

5319 S Hyde Park Blvd, Chicago, IL 60615

Mikkey's offers wings with 15 different sauces, but they're known for their burgers, and not just ones made with beef. They've got salmon, turkey and veggie options, too. They're open daily until 4 a.m.

5319 S Hyde Park Blvd
Chicago, IL 60615

10. Paula's Thai Kitchen

2441 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
Paula's Thai Kitchen

Late-night dining is a tradition in this space that once housed Taco Burrito Palace No. 2. The extensive, special late-night menu is where to go when diners are craving more than a pedestrian pad Thai. They're open daily until 2 a.m.

2441 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

11. Safari Lounge

7124 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626
Marc Much

This new spinoff from the owners of venerable Demera Ethiopian mixes a variety of Ethiopian and Caribbean flavors to provide one of Chicago's most-unique menus. Try the chicken wings. They're not from Upstate New York. The late-night menu is available after 11 p.m., and they close at 2 a.m., 3 a.m. on Saturdays.

7124 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60626

12. Saved by the Max

1941 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Marc Much

Most everyone knows the story about this nostalgic TV pop-up that lasts until Dec. 31 in Wicker Park. If diners brave the lines, which have been smaller since the opening, they'll get inside the Max which serves until 1 a.m. on Sunday through Friday and 2 a.m. on Saturday.

1941 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

13. SmallFry

2489 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
SmallFry

Triple-fried fries and upscale takes on fast-food burgers are the story in Logan Square, an area that lacks late-night dining options despite the abundance of bars in the neighborhood. They're open until 11 p.m. most days, (closed Wednesday!) and until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

2489 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

14. The Halal Guys Chicago

49 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60610
Marc Much

Halal Guys has found a home in Chicago, serving up gyros with their famous sauces to patrons near Rush and Division. Hours often extend past midnight, but call ahead.

49 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60610

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