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3 Little Pigs in South Loop puts out tasty Chinese American food.
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Where to Order Takeout in Chicago

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3 Little Pigs in South Loop puts out tasty Chinese American food.
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It can feel good to get dressed up and head out to a beautiful restaurant, but when the weather is awful, or it’s been a long day, there’s nothing wrong with crashing on the couch for a meal at home. Dining in can be just as delicious as going out, and it’s a convenient way to try food from popular spots that don’t take reservations. Chicago also has plenty of businesses that only serve food for carryout and delivery, which makes for the perfect excuse to stay in. Check out Eater Chicago’s list of the best local spots for dining to go.

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Loaf Lounge

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Logan Square bakery and sandwich shop Loaf Lounge is indeed charming, but attendance isn’t required to indulge in the carb-heavy delights of wife-and-husband team Sarah Mispagel (Sepia) and Ben Lustbader (Giant). Order sweet and savory pastries, top-notch cookies, and breakfast-y sandwiches via Toast.

A breakfast sandwich. Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

Noon O Kabab

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An Albany Park staple since 1977, Noon O Kabab has a well-earned reputation for reliably delicious Persian dishes from recipes passed down through generations. The halal kababs are also a hit, along with family platters that don’t skimp on quantity. Place orders through the restaurant’s website.

Laos to Your House

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With pickup day on Fridays, and weekly specials released on Mondays, Laos to Your House offers Laotian fare exclusively for delivery, takeout or catering at their commercial kitchen at The Hatchery Chicago. The owners have made it their mission to introduce diners to the Southeast Asian nation’s top dishes, offering bento boxes and Laocuterie boards that provide a tasting of chicken wings, spicy sausage, papaya salad, sticky rice, and more. Place an order online here. They also offer select suburban delivery via DwellSocial.

Taqueria Chingon

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A trio of Mexican chefs who worked at popular French restaurants La Sardine and Le Bouchon have bestowed Logan Square with some of the most sought-after street tacos in town, including highlights such as al pastor, morcilla (blood sausage), and duck carnitas. Place orders via Toast.

A takeout container holds two tacos. Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

Irazu Costa Rican Dining

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Bucktown staple Irazu makes it easy to feed a group at home. Share a Casado, a traditional Costa Rican meal featuring chicken, tilapia, steak or vegetables accompanied by rice and sweet plantains, for four to six, or pick up a dozen empanadas stuffed with spinach & cheese, chicken or beef with potatoes best dipped in spicy green salsa. A la carte dishes are also available, though don’t be afraid to put in a big order as the food reheats well. Order delivery or takeout here.

Tortello

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Wicker Park Bib Gourmand winner Tortello offers top-notch handmade pastas served at the counter for takeout or a casual dine-in meal. Favorites include cacio e pepe and tortelli stuffed with burrata, though it’s well worth checking out the rotating weekend specials. The restaurant also sells meal kits, pastas and sauces for diners looking to prep their own meal at home. Order online here.

Carnitas Uruapan Restaurant

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A venerable Pilsen landmark that’s risen to national fame thanks to Netflix’s Taco Chronicles, Carnitas Uruapan isn’t exactly a hidden gem — for decades, locals have cued up for mouthwatering pork by the pound (or several), as well as tacos, brain quesadillas, corundas, and more. Place orders online via Toast. Second-generation Marcos Carbajal also operates an outpost in Gage Park.

A table laid with large dishes of carnitas Carnitas Uruapan

GG's Chicken Shop

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Veteran Chicago chef Lee Wolen is widely considered an expert when it comes to chicken, a skill he honed as executive chef at Boka. His fried and rotisseried birds are now accessible to the masses at GG’s, offered in sandwiches, pieces, and whole. Order online via DoorDash.

Two hands holding a whole roasted chicken in a basket. Boka Restaurant Group

Pollo Express

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One of the best values left in the city, Pollo Express makes quite possibly the best pollo al carbon in the city. It doesn’t feel right as diners will walk away with huge meals, with tortillas, rice, and more. It doesn’t make sense because of the quality, quality, and price. But Pollo Express proves you can have it all.

Demera Restaurant

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Ethiopian food travels particularly well, with family-style meals centered on stewed meats and vegetables scooped up with spongy injera. Get a taste of what this 15-year-old spot has to offer by ordering a messob, a combination of vegetarian dishes or a mix of meats and vegetables chosen by the chef. Complete the meal with a to-go cocktail like the Merkato, a blend of Ethiopian chai, bourbon and basil. Place an order through Toast.

KALA Modern Greek

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Kala Modern Greek serves some of the city’s most tasty skewers — chicken, pork, and beef — plating them with pita, peppers, rice or salad. This isn’t typical assembly line fare, nor do they need an annoying series of TV ads to prove to you that this is real food (hi, Chipotle!). Diners can taste the char and smoke on the meats. The menu caters to keto and vegetarians. 

Dolo Restaurant and Bar

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Get dim sum to-go from Chinatown’s Dolo, which offers an extensive selection of steamed and fried dumplings, buns, crepes, cakes and rolls perfect for nibbling right out of the container. For something more substantial, pick up some lamb chops, spare ribs with black bean sauce, or a bento box with sweet and sour chicken or mapo tofu served with rice, broccoli and pork bone soup. Order online here.

Avli River North

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All of Avli’s four locations offer takeout, though only Avli River North serves Greek street food such as gyros and souvlaki and a menu of customizable bowls and perfect for lunch or a light dinner — though the bowls are rolling out to Lincoln Park and Lakeshore East soon. It’s also a great place to swing by on the way to a party to pick up a bottle of one of their signature wines along with a sampler of spreads such as tarama and hummus served with pita or vegetables. Order online here.

3 Little Pigs at Molly’s Cupcakes

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This Chinese-American restaurant fuses flavors with a fried rice that uses three different types of pork, a variety of fried chicken sandwiches — including the salt and pepper — smoothies, barbecue ribs, and more.

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Top This Macaroni and Cheese

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James Beard Award-winning chefs Erick Williams and Damarr Brown of Virtue in Hyde Park have served plenty of well-heeled patrons and famous faces, yet the duo hasn’t lost sight of the importance of comfort food. Enter Top This, a delivery-only spot that specializes in macaroni and cheese with fun toppings ranging from seasoned breadcrumbs to shrimp (fried, blackened, or Buffalo-style) to teriyaki pork belly to ham-and-peas. Tragically for North Siders, the delivery range radius is limited. Place orders via Toast.

Laimon Chicago

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Chef Brandon Dumot (Entente, Galit) has created a virtual restaurant and pop-up shop with a wide variety of Middle Eastern-inspired breads, dips, and more. The smoked carrot and red pepper muhammara is delicious, and the hummus and baba ganoush are top notch. The Moroccan lamb kebobs might be the best in the city.

Soul Veg City

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Soul Veg City’s hot bar is legendary. A wondrous treasure hunt depending on what the cooks put out for the day. You’ll find soul classics, Chinese-inspired faire, and more. Of course, it’s all dairy- and meat-free. You’re not going to find this selection at the local grocery store.

The exterior of a storefront with large windows. Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Bronzeville Soul

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Jerk lamb chops, fried catfish, and classic soul side are here at the restaurant Jay Z stopped by at summer 2023 before Beyonce played Solider Field. The pound cake is also a must try.

Lexington Betty Smokehouse

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Lexington Betty took over One Eleven Food Hall in March, making Pullman the only place to get Dominique Leach’s barbecue. The restaurant is full service, but also does a brisk carryout business offering brisket and pulled pork by the pound plus four-person family meals featuring smoked chicken or rib tips served with corn muffins and a large side of candy yams or mac & cheese. The expanded retail space also offers wagyu dogs and barbecue sauces for cooking at home. Order online here.

Ja' Grill Hyde Park

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Dinner at home can still include delicious cocktails with pickup or delivery from Ja’ Grill. Add a bottle of rum punch to meal of Jamaican fare including honey-glazed jerk chicken wings or curry shrimp, both served with rice and peas and plantains. The restaurant doesn’t take reservations, so placing an order through Grubhub or Uber Eats is always a good bet for a meal as relaxing as an island vacation.

Loaf Lounge

Logan Square bakery and sandwich shop Loaf Lounge is indeed charming, but attendance isn’t required to indulge in the carb-heavy delights of wife-and-husband team Sarah Mispagel (Sepia) and Ben Lustbader (Giant). Order sweet and savory pastries, top-notch cookies, and breakfast-y sandwiches via Toast.

A breakfast sandwich. Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

Noon O Kabab

An Albany Park staple since 1977, Noon O Kabab has a well-earned reputation for reliably delicious Persian dishes from recipes passed down through generations. The halal kababs are also a hit, along with family platters that don’t skimp on quantity. Place orders through the restaurant’s website.

Laos to Your House

With pickup day on Fridays, and weekly specials released on Mondays, Laos to Your House offers Laotian fare exclusively for delivery, takeout or catering at their commercial kitchen at The Hatchery Chicago. The owners have made it their mission to introduce diners to the Southeast Asian nation’s top dishes, offering bento boxes and Laocuterie boards that provide a tasting of chicken wings, spicy sausage, papaya salad, sticky rice, and more. Place an order online here. They also offer select suburban delivery via DwellSocial.

Taqueria Chingon

A trio of Mexican chefs who worked at popular French restaurants La Sardine and Le Bouchon have bestowed Logan Square with some of the most sought-after street tacos in town, including highlights such as al pastor, morcilla (blood sausage), and duck carnitas. Place orders via Toast.

A takeout container holds two tacos. Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

Irazu Costa Rican Dining

Bucktown staple Irazu makes it easy to feed a group at home. Share a Casado, a traditional Costa Rican meal featuring chicken, tilapia, steak or vegetables accompanied by rice and sweet plantains, for four to six, or pick up a dozen empanadas stuffed with spinach & cheese, chicken or beef with potatoes best dipped in spicy green salsa. A la carte dishes are also available, though don’t be afraid to put in a big order as the food reheats well. Order delivery or takeout here.

Tortello

Wicker Park Bib Gourmand winner Tortello offers top-notch handmade pastas served at the counter for takeout or a casual dine-in meal. Favorites include cacio e pepe and tortelli stuffed with burrata, though it’s well worth checking out the rotating weekend specials. The restaurant also sells meal kits, pastas and sauces for diners looking to prep their own meal at home. Order online here.

Carnitas Uruapan Restaurant

A venerable Pilsen landmark that’s risen to national fame thanks to Netflix’s Taco Chronicles, Carnitas Uruapan isn’t exactly a hidden gem — for decades, locals have cued up for mouthwatering pork by the pound (or several), as well as tacos, brain quesadillas, corundas, and more. Place orders online via Toast. Second-generation Marcos Carbajal also operates an outpost in Gage Park.

A table laid with large dishes of carnitas Carnitas Uruapan

GG's Chicken Shop

Veteran Chicago chef Lee Wolen is widely considered an expert when it comes to chicken, a skill he honed as executive chef at Boka. His fried and rotisseried birds are now accessible to the masses at GG’s, offered in sandwiches, pieces, and whole. Order online via DoorDash.

Two hands holding a whole roasted chicken in a basket. Boka Restaurant Group

Pollo Express

One of the best values left in the city, Pollo Express makes quite possibly the best pollo al carbon in the city. It doesn’t feel right as diners will walk away with huge meals, with tortillas, rice, and more. It doesn’t make sense because of the quality, quality, and price. But Pollo Express proves you can have it all.

Demera Restaurant

Ethiopian food travels particularly well, with family-style meals centered on stewed meats and vegetables scooped up with spongy injera. Get a taste of what this 15-year-old spot has to offer by ordering a messob, a combination of vegetarian dishes or a mix of meats and vegetables chosen by the chef. Complete the meal with a to-go cocktail like the Merkato, a blend of Ethiopian chai, bourbon and basil. Place an order through Toast.

KALA Modern Greek

Kala Modern Greek serves some of the city’s most tasty skewers — chicken, pork, and beef — plating them with pita, peppers, rice or salad. This isn’t typical assembly line fare, nor do they need an annoying series of TV ads to prove to you that this is real food (hi, Chipotle!). Diners can taste the char and smoke on the meats. The menu caters to keto and vegetarians. 

Dolo Restaurant and Bar

Get dim sum to-go from Chinatown’s Dolo, which offers an extensive selection of steamed and fried dumplings, buns, crepes, cakes and rolls perfect for nibbling right out of the container. For something more substantial, pick up some lamb chops, spare ribs with black bean sauce, or a bento box with sweet and sour chicken or mapo tofu served with rice, broccoli and pork bone soup. Order online here.

Avli River North

All of Avli’s four locations offer takeout, though only Avli River North serves Greek street food such as gyros and souvlaki and a menu of customizable bowls and perfect for lunch or a light dinner — though the bowls are rolling out to Lincoln Park and Lakeshore East soon. It’s also a great place to swing by on the way to a party to pick up a bottle of one of their signature wines along with a sampler of spreads such as tarama and hummus served with pita or vegetables. Order online here.

3 Little Pigs at Molly’s Cupcakes

This Chinese-American restaurant fuses flavors with a fried rice that uses three different types of pork, a variety of fried chicken sandwiches — including the salt and pepper — smoothies, barbecue ribs, and more.

Aliya Ikumen/Eater Chicago

Top This Macaroni and Cheese

James Beard Award-winning chefs Erick Williams and Damarr Brown of Virtue in Hyde Park have served plenty of well-heeled patrons and famous faces, yet the duo hasn’t lost sight of the importance of comfort food. Enter Top This, a delivery-only spot that specializes in macaroni and cheese with fun toppings ranging from seasoned breadcrumbs to shrimp (fried, blackened, or Buffalo-style) to teriyaki pork belly to ham-and-peas. Tragically for North Siders, the delivery range radius is limited. Place orders via Toast.

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Laimon Chicago

Chef Brandon Dumot (Entente, Galit) has created a virtual restaurant and pop-up shop with a wide variety of Middle Eastern-inspired breads, dips, and more. The smoked carrot and red pepper muhammara is delicious, and the hummus and baba ganoush are top notch. The Moroccan lamb kebobs might be the best in the city.

Soul Veg City

Soul Veg City’s hot bar is legendary. A wondrous treasure hunt depending on what the cooks put out for the day. You’ll find soul classics, Chinese-inspired faire, and more. Of course, it’s all dairy- and meat-free. You’re not going to find this selection at the local grocery store.

The exterior of a storefront with large windows. Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Bronzeville Soul

Jerk lamb chops, fried catfish, and classic soul side are here at the restaurant Jay Z stopped by at summer 2023 before Beyonce played Solider Field. The pound cake is also a must try.

Lexington Betty Smokehouse

Lexington Betty took over One Eleven Food Hall in March, making Pullman the only place to get Dominique Leach’s barbecue. The restaurant is full service, but also does a brisk carryout business offering brisket and pulled pork by the pound plus four-person family meals featuring smoked chicken or rib tips served with corn muffins and a large side of candy yams or mac & cheese. The expanded retail space also offers wagyu dogs and barbecue sauces for cooking at home. Order online here.

Ja' Grill Hyde Park

Dinner at home can still include delicious cocktails with pickup or delivery from Ja’ Grill. Add a bottle of rum punch to meal of Jamaican fare including honey-glazed jerk chicken wings or curry shrimp, both served with rice and peas and plantains. The restaurant doesn’t take reservations, so placing an order through Grubhub or Uber Eats is always a good bet for a meal as relaxing as an island vacation.

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