clock menu more-arrow no yes
A bowl of matzo ball soup
Jewish Americans are in for another pandemic Passover.
Jeff & Judes [Official Photo]

Where To Order Passover Meals for Carryout or Delivery in Chicago

There’s no need to scramble for matzo balls and brisket

View as Map
Jewish Americans are in for another pandemic Passover.
| Jeff & Judes [Official Photo]

Most years, the Jewish holiday of Passover involves gatherings of family and friends for two seders, or big ritual meals. They are held this year on Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28. As COVID-19 vaccine rollouts continue across the country and a growing contingent of grandparents become inoculated, some families are reuniting for a holiday predicated on multi-generational gatherings. However, Jewish Americans who are still waiting for their shots will mark the weekend as the beginning of their second Passover in isolation.

Demand for at-home Passover fare remains high, and some establishments have already sold out. Others are still slinging brisket, matzo ball soup, and more for dine-in and carryout. This year has also seen an influx in representation for flavors associated with Sephardic (Spanish and Portuguese) and Mizrahi (Middle Eastern and North African) Jews, such as date-studded charoset and chraime-style gefilte fish.

See the list below for a selection of restaurants, delis, and retail spots with Passover essentials. Diners who follow strict kashrut, or Jewish dietary rules, should confirm whether their chosen restaurant is certified Kosher.

As of March 2, Chicago restaurants are permitted to serve customers indoors with a 50 percent maximum capacity per room, or 50 people — whichever is fewer. At the same time, despite winter weather, a number of Chicago restaurants continue to offer outdoor seating. Regardless, the state requires reservations for both indoor and outdoor dining. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as an 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.

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Max and Benny's Restaurant

Copy Link
461 Waukegan Rd
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 272-9490
Visit Website

Old-school suburban Northbrook spot Max and Benny’s marks its 36th Passover with a traditional Eastern European-style menu, offering four- and eight-person packages as well as a la carte items. Celebrants can order classics like brisket, roasted chicken, carrot tsimmes, chocolate-dipped macaroons over the phone.

2. The Happ Inn Bar & Grill

Copy Link
305 N Happ Rd
Northfield, IL 60093
(847) 784-9200
Visit Website

Suburban Northfield restaurant the Happ Inn features a la carte Passover specials like beef brisket and matzo ball soup, available for dine-in and carryout customers. Call to place an order or book a meal online.

3. Sarah’s Tent Kosher Market

Copy Link
4020 Oakton St
Skokie, IL 60076
(847) 674-8008
Visit Website

Skokie’s huge kosher market, formerly Hungarian Kosher Foods, is offering several Passover box packages that serve four to five people. Most of the boxes mix familiar options like matzo ball soup and chicken schnitzel with more unusual entrees, such as salmon teriyaki. One box, however, highlights Sephardic and Mizrahi-style options such as Mediterranean beef stew and Moroccan eggplant salad. Reserve boxes and a la carte items using an online form.

4. JB's Deli

Copy Link
5501 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 728-0600
Visit Website

Andersonville’s “one of a few Jewish delis” features an a la carte selection of Passover offerings for carryout and delivery, including as gefilte fish, chopped liver, and kishke. There’s also a complete meal for one ($29.95) with an option of brisket, salmon, or chicken, plus soup, gefilte fish, and more. Place orders online.

5. Sunday Dinner Club (Honey Butter Fried Chicken)

Copy Link
3361 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 478-4000
Visit Website

Underground dining series Sunday Dinner Club (from the team at local favorite Honey Butter Fried Chicken) has put together a thoughtful Passover kit for one ($50). Courses include matzo ball soup (roasted carrots, rosemary), chef Josh Kulp’s brisket (onions, Medjool dates, Hungarian paprika), and potato kugel. Vegetarians are in luck, as kits are available with meat-free soup and honey-roasted cauliflower and chickpeas (za’atar labneh). Place orders online.

6. The Bagel Restaurant and Deli

Copy Link
3107 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 477-0300
Visit Website

Ashkenazi-style stalwart the Bagel this year is offering a dine-in only Passover meal ($35 per person), which hits all the Eastern European classics. That means patrons can expect options like chopped liver, gefilte fish with beet horseradish, matzo ball soup, brisket, sweet and sour meatballs, plus sides and dessert.

7. Wixter Market

Copy Link
2110 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 248-2800
Visit Website

Passover means eight days of matzo instead of leavened bread items, so it’s a good idea to stock up on some accoutrement to jazz up a snack or meal. Wicker Park’s Wixter Market (which specializes in frozen fish) has some interesting tinned seafood that may fit the bill. It’s not exactly a kosher affair to begin with, but treif aficionados may take particular delight in the selection of shellfish and bi-valves. Don’t miss the gourmet sauces behind the counter.

8. Jeff & Judes

Copy Link
1024 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 661-1227
Visit Website

Jew-ish deli hotspot Jeff & Judes is already sold out of Passover dinner kits, but fans can still put together a solid holiday meal. Ownership promises that matzo ball soup and macaroons will be available all week, along with the regular menu that includes corned beef and pastrami by the half-pound, as well as salads and latkes.

9. avec River North

Copy Link
141 W Erie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 736-1778
Visit Website

Avec River North, the new outpost from One Off Hospitality’s Mediterranean-influenced restaurant in West Loop, weaves Sephardic flavors into Passover this year. A dinner for two ($95) includes matzo ball soup with preserved lemon, chicken, and dill; warm gefilte fish with spiced tomato chraime; and pomegranate braised lamb shanks with white bean stew and date charoset. Order online for pickup or delivery.

10. The Smith

Copy Link
400 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 312-5100
Visit Website

All-day New York import the Smith has options for both dine-in and at-home customers. There’s a Passover dinner kit for two ($95) or four ($180) featuring requisite items like red wine-braised brisket and matzo ball soup, plus complimentary items including deviled eggs and flourless chocolate cake. Those who’d rather eat out for Passover can also order the brisket, soup, and cake. Kits are available online.

11. Aba

Copy Link
302 N Green St 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60607
(773) 645-1400
Visit Website

Aba from chef C.J. Jacobson and Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises will bring a Mediterranean vibe to its Passover menu for one ($48.95), featuring options including za’atar-roasted chicken; parmesan, potato, and Brussels sprouts latkes (a food typically associated with Hanukkah), and a flourless chocolate tahini tart. Items are available for dine-in, carryout, and delivery. Place to-go orders online.

12. Eleven City Diner

Copy Link
1112 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 212-1112
Visit Website

South Loop’s Eleven City Diner this year offers Passover staples like brisket, whitefish salad, sweet matzo kugel by the pound. The deli is also featuring a slow-roasted brisket dinner for one ($23.99) that comes with carrots, red potatoes, chopped parsley, and au jus. Place orders online.

1. Max and Benny's Restaurant

461 Waukegan Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062

Old-school suburban Northbrook spot Max and Benny’s marks its 36th Passover with a traditional Eastern European-style menu, offering four- and eight-person packages as well as a la carte items. Celebrants can order classics like brisket, roasted chicken, carrot tsimmes, chocolate-dipped macaroons over the phone.

461 Waukegan Rd
Northbrook, IL 60062

2. The Happ Inn Bar & Grill

305 N Happ Rd, Northfield, IL 60093

Suburban Northfield restaurant the Happ Inn features a la carte Passover specials like beef brisket and matzo ball soup, available for dine-in and carryout customers. Call to place an order or book a meal online.

305 N Happ Rd
Northfield, IL 60093

3. Sarah’s Tent Kosher Market

4020 Oakton St, Skokie, IL 60076

Skokie’s huge kosher market, formerly Hungarian Kosher Foods, is offering several Passover box packages that serve four to five people. Most of the boxes mix familiar options like matzo ball soup and chicken schnitzel with more unusual entrees, such as salmon teriyaki. One box, however, highlights Sephardic and Mizrahi-style options such as Mediterranean beef stew and Moroccan eggplant salad. Reserve boxes and a la carte items using an online form.

4020 Oakton St
Skokie, IL 60076

4. JB's Deli

5501 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

Andersonville’s “one of a few Jewish delis” features an a la carte selection of Passover offerings for carryout and delivery, including as gefilte fish, chopped liver, and kishke. There’s also a complete meal for one ($29.95) with an option of brisket, salmon, or chicken, plus soup, gefilte fish, and more. Place orders online.

5501 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

5. Sunday Dinner Club (Honey Butter Fried Chicken)

3361 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Underground dining series Sunday Dinner Club (from the team at local favorite Honey Butter Fried Chicken) has put together a thoughtful Passover kit for one ($50). Courses include matzo ball soup (roasted carrots, rosemary), chef Josh Kulp’s brisket (onions, Medjool dates, Hungarian paprika), and potato kugel. Vegetarians are in luck, as kits are available with meat-free soup and honey-roasted cauliflower and chickpeas (za’atar labneh). Place orders online.

3361 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

6. The Bagel Restaurant and Deli

3107 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657

Ashkenazi-style stalwart the Bagel this year is offering a dine-in only Passover meal ($35 per person), which hits all the Eastern European classics. That means patrons can expect options like chopped liver, gefilte fish with beet horseradish, matzo ball soup, brisket, sweet and sour meatballs, plus sides and dessert.

3107 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657

7. Wixter Market

2110 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

Passover means eight days of matzo instead of leavened bread items, so it’s a good idea to stock up on some accoutrement to jazz up a snack or meal. Wicker Park’s Wixter Market (which specializes in frozen fish) has some interesting tinned seafood that may fit the bill. It’s not exactly a kosher affair to begin with, but treif aficionados may take particular delight in the selection of shellfish and bi-valves. Don’t miss the gourmet sauces behind the counter.

2110 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

8. Jeff & Judes

1024 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Jew-ish deli hotspot Jeff & Judes is already sold out of Passover dinner kits, but fans can still put together a solid holiday meal. Ownership promises that matzo ball soup and macaroons will be available all week, along with the regular menu that includes corned beef and pastrami by the half-pound, as well as salads and latkes.

1024 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

9. avec River North

141 W Erie St, Chicago, IL 60654

Avec River North, the new outpost from One Off Hospitality’s Mediterranean-influenced restaurant in West Loop, weaves Sephardic flavors into Passover this year. A dinner for two ($95) includes matzo ball soup with preserved lemon, chicken, and dill; warm gefilte fish with spiced tomato chraime; and pomegranate braised lamb shanks with white bean stew and date charoset. Order online for pickup or delivery.

141 W Erie St
Chicago, IL 60654

10. The Smith

400 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

All-day New York import the Smith has options for both dine-in and at-home customers. There’s a Passover dinner kit for two ($95) or four ($180) featuring requisite items like red wine-braised brisket and matzo ball soup, plus complimentary items including deviled eggs and flourless chocolate cake. Those who’d rather eat out for Passover can also order the brisket, soup, and cake. Kits are available online.

400 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

11. Aba

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

Aba from chef C.J. Jacobson and Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises will bring a Mediterranean vibe to its Passover menu for one ($48.95), featuring options including za’atar-roasted chicken; parmesan, potato, and Brussels sprouts latkes (a food typically associated with Hanukkah), and a flourless chocolate tahini tart. Items are available for dine-in, carryout, and delivery. Place to-go orders online.

302 N Green St 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60607

12. Eleven City Diner

1112 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

South Loop’s Eleven City Diner this year offers Passover staples like brisket, whitefish salad, sweet matzo kugel by the pound. The deli is also featuring a slow-roasted brisket dinner for one ($23.99) that comes with carrots, red potatoes, chopped parsley, and au jus. Place orders online.

1112 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

Related Maps