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Open Late: A Guide to Late Night Eating in Chicago

For many of us, some of our best memories are from late night dining with friends. Sometimes sober, sometimes not so sober, but always a blast. There’s nothing like eating something super satisfying at 2AM – cheers to the heroes that work the late shift and make it happen. Here are some of our favorites.

1. Chicago’s Pizza

Address: 3114 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: (773) 477-2777
Hours:
Mon – Thu: 10:00 am – 2:00 am
Fri – Sat: 10:00 am – 3:00 am
Sun: 10:00 am – 2:00 am
Yelp
Website

2. Furious Spoon Logan Square

Cheers to creative genius Exhale

Cheers to creative genius Exhale

Address: 2410 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Phone: (773) 770-3559
Hours:
Mon – Thu: 11:00 am – 1:00 am
Fri: 11:00 am – 2:00 am
Sat: 11:00 am – 3:00 am
Sun: 11:00 am – 1:00 am
Yelp
Website

  • Thrillist says it’s the #1 bowl of Ramen in Chicago
  • Handmade noodles created by Michelin-star Chef Shin Thompson

3. SmallFry

Big ups to the witty Jennifer Beightol

Big ups to the witty Jennifer Beightol

and the lovely Leah Pickett

and the lovely Leah Pickett

Address: 2489 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Phone: (773) 661-1365
Hours:
Mon: Closed
Tue – Thu: 4:30 pm – 12:00 am
Fri: 4:30 pm – 3:00 am
Sat: 11:30 am – 3:00 am
Sun: 11:30 am – 8:00 pm
Yelp
Website

  • Solid milkshakes, fries and burgers with great dipping sauces
  • Doritios flavored fries definitely steal the show

4. Au Cheval

Cheers to the always fun Aaron Butts

Cheers to the always fun Aaron Butts

Address: 800 W Randolph S, Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 929-4580
Hours:
Mon – Sat: 11:00 am – 1:00 am
Sun: 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Yelp
Website

  • Famous for the Burger…perhaps the best in Chicago

5. Golden Nugget Pancake House

Credit to the super smart and talented Michael Bennett

Credit to the super smart and talented Michael Bennett

Address: 1765 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 769-6700
Hours:
Open 24 hours (7 days in a week)
Yelp
Website

They pride themselves on being exceptionally high-quality:

  • Their coffee is fresh-brewed 100% Columbian, not a blend
  • They pour 100% pure orange juice, no preservatives, never frozen or from concentrate
  • Their fruit compotes are homemade, never from a can

6. High Five Ramen

Cheers to the brilliant Scott Silverstein

Cheers to the brilliant Scott Silverstein

Address: 112 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 754-0431
Hours:
Mon: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Tue – Wed: 6:00 pm – 12:00 am
Thu – Sat: 6:00 pm – 1:00 am
Sun: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Yelp
Website

  • Hot, spicy ramen – we can’t get enough of it
  • The perfect spot for a cold, windy Chicago night

7. The Halal Guys

Cheers to the dapper Faycel Raddadi

Cheers to the dapper Faycel Raddadi

Address: 49 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: (312) 877-5575
Hours:
Mon – Thu: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 11:00 am – 4:00 am
Sun: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Yelp
Website

  • NY’s Legendary Halal Guys – if you don’t know – go.  No bullets needed.

8. Golden Apple Grill & Breakfast House

Address: 2971 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: (773) 528-1413
Hours:
Open 24 hours (7 days in a week)
Yelp
Website

  • 150 items to choose from 24/7/365
  • Amazing service, great food – this place really is a gem

9. Big Star

Cheers to the awesome @chicagofoodies0922

Cheers to the awesome @chicagofoodies0922

Address: 1531 N Damen, Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: (773) 235-4039
Hours:
Mon – Fri: 11:30 am – 2:00 am
Sat: 11:00 am – 3:00 am
Sun: 11:30 am – 2:00 am
Yelp
Website

Big Star is a bourbon and beer-focused, taco-slinging, late-night honky-tonk in the heart of Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Executive Chef Paul Kahan and Chef de Cuisine Julie Warpinski’s menu, inspired by authentic Mexican street food, is complemented by an extensive house-selected single barrel bourbon program.  Housed in a defunct 1940’s gas station, the taqueria’s soundtrack of classic country and rock & roll is selected and spun by the bar staff.

10. White Palace Grill

Address: 1159 S Canal St, Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 939-7167
Hours:
Open 24 hours (7 days in a week)
Yelp
Website

  • A Chicago institution – The diner has been open since 1939
  • Excellent vegetarian skillet

11. Buck’s Chicken & Biscuits

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Address: 1700 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: (773) 384-9700
Hours:
Mon – Fri: 4:00 pm – 2:00 am
Sat: 10:00 am – 3:00 am
Sun: 10:00 am – 2:00 am
Yelp
Website

Buck’s is a Southern-inspired bar and restaurant that champions easy-drinking cocktails, biscuit sandwiches, and buckets of fried chicken in a fun and funky atmosphere. Buck’s brings Chicago a taste of “Down South, Up North” and keeps the party going each and every night.

12. Paula’s Thai Kitchen

Address: 2441 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (224) 518-1579
Hours:
Mon – Sun: 11:00 am – 2:00 am
Yelp

  • Excellent papaya salad and pad thai
  • Some of the best thai food in the city and open till 2AM

13. Arturo’s Tacos

Address: 2001 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Phone: (773) 772-4944
Hours:
Open 24 hours (7 days in a week)
Yelp
Website

  • Tacos 24/7 – that’s a win in our book

14. Ghareeb Nawaz

Shoutout to the brilliant Nicole Erhardt

Shoutout to the brilliant Nicole Erhardt

Address: 2032 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 761-5300
Hours:
Open 24 hours (7 days in a week)
Yelp
Website

  • Excellent Vegi Thali for just $3.99!  Insanely good value.
  • Cash only, open 24/7, large portions at unbeatable prices

15. Mr Greek Gyros

Big ups to the always cool Nick Lemen

Big ups to the always cool Nick Lemen

Address: 234 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: (312) 906-8731
Hours:
Mon – Sum: 7:00 am – 4:00 am
Yelp
Website

  • Popular spot for late night greek burgers / gyros

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