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The 20 best Chicago restaurants for delivery tonight

Some nights we just want to stay in and dine out—so we picked our favorite delivery options from DoorDash

Gus's Fried Chicken
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Gus's Fried Chicken
By Time Out Chicago in association with DoorDash |

Going out is fun, especially in a city like Chicago, where there are countless new restaurants and fancy new cocktail bars to head to. But sometimes, you just want to stay in—and that's alright too (hey, we're guilty of canceling plans to stay inside and catch up on Netflix, too, especially when it gets just a little too chilly outside). That's when it's time to hit up DoorDash. We've picked out our favorite restaurants that deliver with DoorDash, perfect for when there's no way in hell you're leaving your apartment but can't stop craving your favorite Thai dish. Check out these DoorDash delivery options for when hitting the town just isn't going to happen.

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Return of the Gyro at Publican Quality Meats
Photo: Chloe List
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Publican Quality Meats

icon-location-pin West Loop

This popular brunch and lunch spot is most known for its cuts of meat, which you’ll find on meat plates and in dishes all over the menu and to go. The sandwiches are a must, with a killer porchetta with bread and butter pickles, whole grain mustard on a crisp ciabatta. But whatever you pick, from soups that change regularly to breakfast dishes, everything at PQM is a delight.

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Gus's Fried Chicken
Restaurants, Soul and southern American

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

icon-location-pin West Loop

The Chicago outpost of this Memphis-based chicken shop has just a few of our favorite things—fried chicken, fried okra and fried green tomatoes. And they’re delicious. They're the epitome of Southern comfort food—and we’ll take a pretty damned good rendition of them in Chicago when we can get them. Which is exactly what we get with Gus’s. Two to go, please.

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Photograph: Martha Williams
Restaurants, Pizza


icon-location-pin River West/West Town

Picking a pizza place for delivery can be daunting, we have enough choices for an army. But Coalfire is an easy pick, with wood-fired pizzas that are filled with flavor and a crisp crust. You can build your own or pick from the already constructed list—we’re suckers for the ‘nduja pizza with berkshire sausage, ‘nduja infused whipped ricotta, mozzarella, cherry bomb pepper and basil. 

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Hot Chicken at Pub Royale
Bars, Pubs

Pub Royale

icon-location-pin Ukrainian Village

Pub Royale has quickly positioned itself as a staple in the world of newer Chicago restaurants, and we really can’t complain. We’re in love with everything on the menu, from crisp salt cod samosas to spicy gobi manchurian and even a burger, this kitchen sink spot is not one to be missed, and even better when they’ll come drop it off at your apartment in the dead of winter.

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Photograph: Erica Gannett
Restaurants, Vegetarian

The Chicago Diner

icon-location-pin Boystown

Even carnivores can’t resist this infamously vegan establishment. The Chicago Diner, with locations in both Logan Square and Lakeview, is welcoming (and delicious) for folks with all kinds of diets. Don’t miss the nachos or the milkshakes—Yes, they’ve found a way to make non-dairy milkshakes absolutely heavenly.

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Restaurants, Thai

Star of Siam

icon-location-pin River North

Quality, cheap Thai food is an absolute delivery must. Enter Star of Siam. The Thai stalwart has been around for quite some time, serving up your favorite classic Thai dishes deliciously. We know if you’re ordering Thai for delivery you’ll be getting your old standby, but don’t skip the potsickers, they’re extra special at this spot.

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Photograph: Courtesy DoorDash
Restaurants, Chinese

Duck Duck Goat

icon-location-pin West Loop

Cheap Chinese food, the take out counter at Duck Duck Goat is not. Instead, you’ll find cheffy takes on dishes like fried rice (think fried rice balls topped with greens, corn and peppers) and Taiwanese beef noodle soup with house egg noodles, beef broth and griddled beef in take out containers. It might not be our standard late-night Chinese spot, but chef Stephanie Izard’s take out counter is open until 10pm, and we love these upscale takes on dishes, too.

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Kuma's Corner
Photograph: Donna Rickles
Restaurants, Hamburgers

Kuma's Too

icon-location-pin Lake View

The second location of the burger mainstay serves up many of the same burgers as the original, named for metal bands and songs. Feeling like the burger minus the metal? Grab the Slayer, a burger that’s an entire meal to itself with fries, chili, cherry peppers, caramelized onions, andouille sausage, jack cheese, green onion and anger (yep, that’s right, anger).

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Soft Shell Crab Taco at Big & Little's
Photpgraph: Nick Murway
Restaurants, American

BIG & little's Restaurant

icon-location-pin River North

Not everywhere in the city serves up both tacos and burgers, but BIG & little’s does. For the person who just wants a little bit of everything, you’ll be happy you ordered from this greasy spot. Making us pick just one item is hard, but if we’re ordering, you’ll be sure we’re grabbing the softshell crab sandwich, the cheeseburger and fish tacos.

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Restaurants, Hamburgers

DMK Burger Bar

icon-location-pin Lake View

Sure, you could get any burger here, but you should get the number 4. This big burger is topped with hatch chiles, jack cheese, a fried egg and crispy bacon, juicy with just the right amount of heat. Temper the heat with some truffle and parmesan fries and, yeah, you want that thick, creamy milkshake too—trust us.

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Char Siu & Wonton at Imperial Lamian
Restaurants, Chinese

Imperial Lamian

icon-location-pin River North

We love dumplings and Imperial Lamian puts out some pretty delicious ones. When it’s cold outside and all you want is some xiao long bao and soup, this is the spot to order from. Long lamian noodles in beef broth are heartwarming and satisfying and dumplings explode with savory goodness in every single bite.

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Restaurants, Indian


icon-location-pin Wicker Park
This spot showcases Nepalese cooking with dishes such as palungoko saag, where he takes whole spinach leaves, sautées them with caramelized garlic and coats them in a trinity of seeds (fenugreek, mustard and cumin). You can't pass up the Indian cuisine either (the peppery biryani and lunch buffet are both solid), but ignoring the Nepalese dishes here is like going to a beer bar and ordering wine.

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Butcher and the Burger
Restaurants, Hamburgers

Butcher & the Burger

icon-location-pin Lincoln Park

These build-your-own burgers come with no shortage of toppings, making this a great spot for the picky eater in your group. Veggies, don’t worry, there’s a lentil black bean burger for you too. Don’t pass on the fries either, Butcher & The Burger is perfect when you need a burger and fries, but just can’t figure out how to leave your couch.

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Piece Brewery & Pizza
Photograph: Bradley Danner
Restaurants, Pizza

Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

icon-location-pin Wicker Park

Piece is best known for its huge New Haven style-pizzas and craft beer (seriously, have you had the Golden Arm yet?). You can pick your own toppings or just take our suggestion and grab the Hot Doug’s Atomic Sausage pizza, covered with pieces of sausage, pepper jack cheese and caramelized onions—you won’t be sorry.

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Bars, Mezcalerias

Big Star

icon-location-pin Wicker Park

The taco of choice for those in need of a pitcher of margaritas, it’ll stand up as a solid choice when you’re headed home from margaritas, or whatever else you drank, too. We’re partial to the fish taco and the potato taco, or a combination of both of them—three tacos will fill you right up.

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Photograph: Nicole Radja
Bars, Sports Bars

Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

icon-location-pin River North

This laid back River North pub boasts “Seriously. Ridiculously. Over-the-Top Hot Wings,” two big patios, and a bit of mystery—every Tuesday, there's a $5 "mystery beer," so take a chance and drink on the cheap. If gambling isn't your thing, there's a special every day of the week, from $3.50 Miller Lites on Sundays to $5 Bloodies on Saturdays.

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Photograph: Martha Williams
Restaurants, Swedish

Ann Sather

icon-location-pin Lake View

You’re ordering from here because you are in desperate need of cinnamon rolls. You may see huge omelettes and eggs Benedict, but don’t get too distracted (just kinda, you might want some kind of substance for this meal) and keep your eyes on the prize—those cinnamon rolls. They’re flaky and the frosting is sticky, sweet and delicious, making this breakfast spot a staple.

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