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The 13 best meal kits you can order from Chicago restaurants

Let Chicago's best chefs help with dinner tonight with these ready-to-cook meal kits you can prepare at home.

By Morgan Olsen
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Tired of takeout but not ready to dine indoors just yet? Chicago chefs meet you halfway with hands-on meal kits that will have you fixing a feast from the comfort of your home. The best meal kits in Chicago are designed to drag you out of your cooking rut and help you explore new ingredients and techniques. Learn how to wrap your own tamales with help from Santa Masa, try your hand at shakshuka with Galit, or explore the art of plating with a decadent, multi-course dinner from Smyth. It's all possible when you order an interactive meal kit from these top Chicago restaurants. Preheat the oven, don an apron and prepare to impress your household.

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Meal kits from Chicago restaurants

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Photograph: Tim McCoy

Tortello

Restaurants Italian Wicker Park

Making pasta by hand is an art, so why not let the pros help? Tortello offers a variety of easy, carbo-loaded meal kits that include house-made noodles, sauce, cheese and fresh herbs—everything you need to whip up dinner in 20 minutes or less. The tortelli kit allows you to recreate the Wicker Park restaurant's signature dish: pillowy pockets of burrata with sage, toasted hazelnuts, house-made balsamic and aged parmigiano. Order via Tock.

Marz Brewing Taproom
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Marz Community Brewing

Bars Breweries Mckinley Park

Marz Community Brewing has teamed up with Japanese comfort food pop-up Mom's to pack its takeout menu with tons of tasty treats. Among them, you'll find two hands-on ramen kits that include noodles and all the fixings you need to make a piping-hot bowl of soup at home. Choose from rich pork belly or vegan miso garlic. Order via Toast.

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Daisies
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Daisies

Restaurants Logan Square

You can find tons of cooking staples at Daisies in Logan Square, where the back dining room has been transformed into a veritable marketplace. In addition to farm-fresh produce, meats and wines, guests can also grab pasta meal kits that are easy to cook at home. The mushroom pappardelle kit comes with a pound of house-made pasta plus portobello mushroom ragu, parmesan and chef-approved cooking instructions. Buon appetito! Order via Daisies.

Azul Mariscos
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Azul Mariscos

Transport your taste buds to a warmer climate with this new Goose Island restaurant's meal kits for two, which include a "how-to" video so that you can cook along with executive chef Michael Hernandez. You choose the menu from options like pasta de crema chipotle (chipotle cream pasta), camarones a la diablo (diablo shrimp) and salmon a la plancha (pan-seared salmon). Order via Tock.

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Galit

Restaurants Israeli Sheffield & DePaul

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at shakshuka, the stewy, tomatoey, egg-topped dish that traces its roots back to North Africa? Award-winning restaurant Galit provides everything you need to get started, including peppers, wood-roasted sweet potatoes, artichokes and plenty of pita for dipping. You'll be the hero of weekend brunch in no time. Order via Toast.

Big Star tacos
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Big Star

Bars Mezcalerias Wicker Park

If you don't want to fuss with turning on the stove, turn to Big Star for DIY taco and margarita kits. Each bundle includes tortillas, garnishes and your choice of two fillings to build your own tacos at home. Chips and salsa are on the house, and you can opt to make it boozy by adding a margarita kit that includes 12 cocktails. Order via Tock.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Bar Sótano

Restaurants River North

River North basement hideout Bar Sótano is taking you to Mexico City for the night with its DIY burger kits. While you're preparing your mise en place, enjoy take-and-bake queso fundido with Oaxacan tlayudas for dipping. Then, fire up the grill and prepare to assemble a burger that's layered with tomato compote and cilantro-jalapeño crema. Order via Tock.

Santa Masa Tamaleria
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Santa Masa Tamaleria

Find therapy in filling and wrapping your own tamales. Santa Masa gives you everything you need to get started, including several pounds of pre-mixed dough, your choice of salsa verde or roja, and plenty of corn husks. The easy-to-follow instructions make it a breeze for first-timers and experts alike. Order via Santa Masa Tamaleria.

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Monteverde

Restaurants Italian West Loop

Top Chef alum Sarah Grueneberg is packaging up everything you need to make her favorite meals at home. Monteverde's dinner kits range from spicy linguine arrabbiata and gnocchetti con pesto to take-and-bake lasagne alla bolognese. When you're checking out, you can add in dessert (tiramisu FTW), bread and butter or a fresh green salad. Order via Toast.

HaiSous
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HaiSous

Restaurants Vietnamese Lower West Side

Spice up date night with a pre-recorded cooking class with HaiSous chef-owner Thai Dang. Each kit includes several pre-made dishes—like papaya salad and sausage winter rolls—as well as an entree that you'll make yourself. This month, Dang is tackling tôm xào hành, a savory dish that mixes sauteed shrimp with sweet onions and Vietnamese coriander. Order via HaiSous.

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Smyth
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Smyth

Restaurants American creative West Loop

If you're looking to take your at-home chef skills to the next level, there's no tasting menu more special than Smyth's "On The Line" series. The limited-edition multi-course meal includes step-by-step instructions for finishing and plating dishes like roasted lobster tail glazed with salted cherry and white asparagus. Dinner concludes with a beef fat-fried brioche doughnut as well as warm raspberry jam with pastry cream, wildflower gelée and preserved flowers. Voila! Order via Tock.

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Tanta

Restaurants Peruvian River North

Tanta at Home allows even the greenest of chefs to explore Peruvian cuisine with easy-to-follow instructions and live cook-alongs with the pros. The menus are always changing, but expect exciting, interactive dishes like camerones saltado, anticucho skewers and matcha cheesecake. Book via Tanta.

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Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall
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The Delta

Restaurants American Wicker Park

On Monday and Wednesday nights, it's all about tamales and cocktails at the Delta. The Wicker Park restaurant packages up its tamales by the dozen so that you can reheat the husk-wrapped bundles at home—just choose from red hot, vegan red hot and Jim Shoe. Bottled cocktails and four-packs of beer are available for an additional fee. Order via Tock.

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