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The best late-night delivery restaurants in Chicago

After a late night out at the bar, nothing hits home like delivery—from cookies to pub grub, Chicago's got it all

Zach Long
Allison Yates
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Zach Long
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Allison Yates
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When you’re hungry and it's past midnight, Chicago offers more than just fast food drive-throughs to satisfy your cravings. Chicago late-night delivery restaurants boast takeout and delivery options that range from Jalisco, Mexico-inspired goat stew to rib eye steaks paired with pancakes. There’s good news for cheese lovers, too: Mancy dishes involve melted fillings that seem to be much more satiating after dark. Whether you’ve spent a night at the city’s best cocktail bars or at one of Chicago’s best music venues, these Chicago late-night delivery restaurants will provide much-needed grub into the wee hours of the morning.

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Best late-night delivery restaurants

  • Restaurants
  • Loop

With dozens of locations throughout Chicagoland, Rosati’s is your go-to spot for Italian comfort food in the wee hours. Thankfully, there’s more to the menu than just thin crust and deep dish pies—but most still involve marinara sauce and oozing melted cheese. Fill up with a giant cheese calzone with your choice of meat and vegetable fillings, fettuccine alfredo pasta or a chicken parmigiana sandwich. If you're craving some sugar, try the zeppole dessert, consisting of fried dough doused in powdered sugar that’s served with Nutella dipping sauce. Open until 2am on weekdays, 3am on weekends.

  • Restaurants
  • Indian
  • West Ridge
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This Devon Street favorite serving halal Indian and Pakistani dishes boasts a dizzying menu of more than 100 items. Known for its affordable prices (locals love the $0.92 chai) and hefty portions, Ghareeb Nawaz has plenty of options for meat lovers or vegans and vegetarians. The array of standard classics like briyani, curries, daal and chana masala are great, but we suggest going for the gosht—slow cooked boneless beef or goat—or the paratha sandwiches, curries, chana or aloo palak. Open until 2am daily (Devon location only).

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  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Greektown

It’s not uncommon to see groups of intoxicated college students at locations of this well-known local chain, but their enthusiasm for Taco Burrito King isn’t misplaced. The menu of Mexican-American dishes like fajitas, tacos, quesadillas, sopes and tamales are satisfying at any time of day—and especially in the early hours of the morning. If you have an especially big appetite, go ahead and order the Super King Burrito, a 13.5-inch flour tortilla packed with your choice of meat, beans, cheese, lettuce, tomato and sour cream. Open until 2am or 3am, depending on location.

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Lower West Side
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No matter when you’re ordering, it’s best to go straight for the tacos al pastor, the specialty at Taqueria Los Comales. Make sure to grab a few, because you aren’t meant to order just one of the thin, soft corn tortillas stuffed with thinly-sliced marinated pork,topped with onions, cilantro and pineapple. For variety, mix and match with other tacos filled with lengua, flank steak or chorizo—and top them off with the homemade curtido, made up of pickled carrots, jalapenos and cauliflower. If you have a large group in need to midnight munchies, try the Comales taco tray, a mix of 20 tacos with your choice of meat and a pitcher of horchata or soda. Open until midnight–4am, depending on location.

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  • Restaurants
  • Hamburgers
  • Bridgeport

Ordering from this 24-hour restaurant near Guaranteed Rate Field is like walking through the pearly gates for meat-lovers—and some version of hell for vegetarians and vegans. Whether you’re craving breakfast, lunch or dinner, you’ll find thick steaks, pork chops, corned beef, sausage, ham and bacon at every time of day. Fans of unlikely pairings should try the Rib Eye N’ Stack breakfast—a heaping plate of rib eye steak, three eggs and three pancakes that rings up for just under $10. It's the perfect way to eat your feelings after a tough White Sox loss. Open 24 hours daily.

  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • Lincoln Park
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When late-night cookie cravings strike, this chain of sweet little shops will deliver. Open until 1-3am depending on location, Insomnia will turn up at your door with warm-and-gooey cookies packed into a pizza-style box. Of the 12 varieties on offer, we like the chocolate peanut butter cup, loaded with peanut butter chips and melty mini Reese’s cups, and the cinnamon-scented oatmeal raisin. Add one of eight ice cream flavors for an á la mode treat, and don’t forget the milk, available in regular or chocolate. Open until 1am or 3am, depending on location.

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  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • River West/West Town

This 24-hour Mexican cafe on Grand Avenue is most recognizable for the giant bull in its parking lot, but its round-the-clock breakfast is just as noteworthy. The breakfast options are packed with huevos cooked in multiple forms: in a breakfast sandwich with chorizo, scrambled with ham smothered in ranchero sauce, or tossed in chilaquiles. Add a jumbo-sized drip coffee to keep you wired until sunrise. And if you’re not feeling breakfast, there are flautas, enchiladas and quesadillas to sate your hunger. Open 24 hours daily.

  • Restaurants
  • Sandwich shops
  • Lake View
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Hot, gooey and greasy. What more could you want from a late-night bite? Cheesie’s Pub & Grub’s grilled cheese sandwiches put a satisfyingly decadent twist on the classic creation. Try the Edgar with provolone, pulled pork, barbecue sauce, coleslaw, fried pickles and fried onions smashed between thick slices of Texas toast. For dessert, grab the painfully rich deep fried peanut butter and jelly. If a full sandwich is too much, the kid’s menu offers half a grilled cheese sandwich served with fries and a Capri Sun juice. Open until 2am on weekdays, 3am on weekends.

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  • Restaurants
  • Fast food spots
  • West Englewood

Like any good purveyor of greasy local delicacies, Nick’s Gyros offers multiple Chicago staples under one roof (with locations in Auburn Gresham and the South Shore). Stop here for tacos, pizza, burgers, Italian beef, a Polish sausage, Chicago-style hot dogs and–of course—gyros. Soak up more salt when you add fries to any order for just $1 more. Whether you’re trying to satisfy a personal comfort food craving or offer visitors a taste of the city’s favorite dishes, there’s enough grease in this food to cure an oncoming hangover or to fuel up before the third shift. Open until 2am on weekdays, 3am on weekends.

  • Restaurants
  • Thai
  • Lake View

If you're wonderinf why Late Night Thai & Sushi exists, the answer is right there in the name, While Thai and sushi restaurants can be found throughout Chicago, very few stay open past midnight. Those craving Thai food will find sweet and spicy Tom Yum soup, fried noodles, curries and appetizers like chicken satay. But the most intriguing options are found in sushi sets that include a mix of nigiri, maki, sashimi and tempura served with a side of miso soup. Open until 2am on weekdays, 3am on weekends.

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  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Humboldt Park
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Quesabirria—a decadent take on traditional dish from Jalisco that’s quickly become a sought-after delicacy—is available until 2am at this Humboldt Park Mexican restaurant. Often described as a cross between a taco and a quesadilla, the quesabirria features melted cheese and braised meat from a slow-cooked stew, typically made with either goat or beef. Dip it into a consomé broth that comes on the side and relish the rich flavors. For a more traditional version, stick with a bowl of birria en consomé or order a plate of birria meat with salad, rice and beans. Open until 2am.

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