Illinois’s stay-at-home order has shut down most businesses except for essential ones, like restaurants. While many Chicago kitchens are continuing to operate with delivery service, others have switched exclusively to pickup. Some places will even bring the food out to diners’ vehicles in order to minimize contact. And for certain hotspots — such as Alinea, Virtue, and Galit — it’s the first time ever their offerings can be experienced from the comforts of home.Read More
Where to Order Takeout Food in Chicago During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Support these restaurants, some of which offer curbside pickup and more
North Shore residents can look forward to enjoying Michael Lachowicz’s French brasserie while they’re staying inside. The kitchen will prepare potato and truffle soup, steak frites, coq au vin, and other staples for carryout. Customers will receive a $20 gift card when spending $100 or more. Call 847-441-3100 to order.
2. Over Easy Café
Don’t feel like cooking breakfast? No problem. This Ravenswood cafe is serving an abbreviated menu every day until 12 p.m. Call 703-506-2605 to order.
3. Futatsuki Ramen
Chicago, IL 60640
A creamy bowl of tonkotsu ramen is the ideal remedy for anyone feeling under the weather. This Uptown shop is open for curbside pickup so call 773-561-9999 to order noodles, curry rice, and more.
4. Bistro Campagne
Hunker down with some French fare from Bistro Campagne. Choose between classic dishes like French onion soup, croque madame, steak frites, or cassoulet. Bottles of wine are available as well. All orders will be 20% off. Call 773-271-6100 to schedule curbside pickup.
5. Spacca Napoli
One of the city’s best Neapolitan pizza makers is remaining open for carryout service. The abbreviated menu will feature antipasti and pies such as the classic margherita, Diavola (soppressata, basil), and Pistacchio (sausage, pistachio cream). Call the restaurant at 773-878-2420 to order.
6. Coda di Volpe
Neapolitan pizzas and housemade pastas are the main attractions at this Southport Corridor spot and folks will still be able to get them for curbside pickup. The menu changes daily so check the website for the latest info. Call 773-687-8568 to order.
Zach Engel’s Middle Eastern restaurant is a tough reservation but now diners can try the James Beard Award winner’s dishes at home. Galit’s takeout selection will feature rotating favorites, such as hummus, salatim, pita, coal-fired veggies, chicken thighs, and stuffed cabbage.
8. Flat & Point
Let pitmaster Brian Bruns’s unique alpine smokehouse do all the heavy lifting for dinner. The restaurant’s $50 takeout package feeds 2-3 people and includes choice of protein — porchetta, meatballs, chicken, brisket, or vegetarian lasagna — and veggie sides. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to order.
The Alinea Group has created to-go packages for three of its restaurants. Chicagoans can order beef short rib Wellington from Alinea, handmade rigatoni courtesy of Next, and Roister’s famous fried chicken sandwich. All meals come with sides and desserts.
10. Topo Gigio
Old Town’s popular Italian spot will keep Chicagoans fed with pastas, steaks, and meaty entrees during the shutdown. The restaurant can be reached at 312-266-9355.
11. Spinning J
Pies make everything better so pick up some slices and other items like quiche and strata from this retro bakery and soda fountain. Spinning J’s menu is viewable on Facebook and orders can be placed by calling 872-829-2793.
12. Lao Peng You
Chicago’s hottest dumpling maker is temporarily accepting curbside pickup orders. Savor Chinese specialties like beef noodle soup, pork and cabbage dumplings in spicy sour soup, and lamb and cumin bread.
From noon to 8 p.m. daily, Vajra — a refined Nepalese and Indian restaurant in West Town — is offering an expanded pick-up menu. This includes its juicy chicken momos and tangy goat steak.
Carlos Gaytán’s French-Mexican restaurant in River North, Tzuco, now offers curbside pickup. There’s a new burger, cochinita pibil, and more.
15. Avli River North
Avli is offering pickup at all three locations (Lincoln Park, River North, suburban Winnetka). But the family-style options at its new River North flagship are the most inspiring. Order modern Greek food via Tock with options like Berkshire pork gyros, chicken souvlaki, and more.
16. Pacific Standard Time
Erling Wu-Bower’s California-inspired hotspot is taking the stress out of dinner by creating family meals for up to four people. Priced at $40, the packages feature different rotating menus and are only available for pickup. For more info, check the website.
17. Steak 48
Chicagoans can treat themselves to prime cuts of beef and fresh seafood with Steak 48’s white glove curbside service. The to-go menu features most of the restaurant’s favorites like Alaskan king crab legs, bone-in steaks, and lobster tails. Call (312) 266-4848 to order.
18. Aya Pastry
Leave all the hard work that comes with baking to Michelin-starred pastry chef Aya Fukai. Her new West Town shop is selling a selection of frozen products that customers can bake at home. They include biscuits, croissants, cookie dough, and pizza dough. Call 312-846-6186 or order online.
West Loop’s glamorous restaurant is offering takeout and delivery via Grubhub, DoorDash, and UberEats. Folks can order on the restaurant’s website. There’s family meals, plus burgers and steaks.
20. Tufano's Vernon Park Tap
Chicago, IL 60607
The old-school Italian joint is open for business so diners can enjoy red sauce pastas, veal, lemon chicken, and more by just driving up. Place orders by calling 312-733-3393
The two Michelin-starred restaurant is offering its bar menu for curbside pickup during the mandated closure. Call 312-360-9500 to place an order.
Paul Virant’s celebrated Western Springs restaurant is offering an at-home menu full of greatest hits and seasonal dishes. Diners can also add bottles of wine and beer to their meal. Call 708-246-2082 to order approximately 30 minutes before desired pick up time.
Eater Chicago’s 2019 Restaurant of the Year is serving its dinner menu to go. Chef Erick Williams whips up Southern specialties like biscuits, gumbo, catfish, and pork chops. Call 773-947-8831 to arrange curbside pickup.
24. The Promontory
Restaurant group 16” on Center has launched a family meal to-go service at the Promontory, Saint Lou’s Assembly, Dusek’s, and Bite Cafe. Diners can check the restaurants’ websites each day to see the menus. The suggested price per person is $10.
25. Lem's Bar-B-Q
Lem’s business has always been about pickup, inside a tiny space along 75th Street. Its full menu — ribs and hot links — remains available. The main change is the restaurant is only allowing five customers inside the restaurant at once to allow for better social distancing.