Got the Late Night Munchies? These Chicago Restaurants Are Open!

June 15, 2020
GiftYa
jason wolfe

Wondering where you can get the best late night wings, pizza, and noodles in Chicago? Try these popular spots!

Sometimes you just don’t want a great night out to end-- or you’re just getting out of a long day of work and need to find something to eat! Good thing Chicago restaurants understand that not everyone’s quitting time is 5pm, and that the perfect end to an evening out is a yummy bite to eat. This is why so many continue to serve food late at night, and locals are grateful for it!  We’ve put together a list of our favorite places in the Windy City to grab something to eat a little past the traditional dinner hour, and while it’s not exhaustive, we think you’ll find some pretty great places to dine late!

Do you have a friend who is a night owl? Or maybe you know someone who likes to pick up food on their way home from a night out on the town? Then you should pick them up a GiftYa electronic gift card to any of these late night places. They can redeem it whenever they choose, and not have to worry about forgetting a plastic gift card at home!

Mad Social

1140 W Madison St.

West Loop | madsocialchicago.com

Stop by this popular cocktail bar for elevated bites late night

Whether you want  pizza, salads, soups, or pasta, this place hits the spot. Image courtesy of Mad Social.

If you’re in the mood for some earthy cuisine that’s served in a family-owned restaurant, then consider stopping by Mad Social. They’re open until 10pm (and 11pm on weekends), serving up their signature cocktails and kitchen bites to hungry customers. This neighborhood bar is a great last stop on an evening out with friends, or it’s an ideal spot to grab a yummy meal before heading home from work.

Depending on what you’re in the mood for, you’ll definitely need to try their Havarti mac n’ cheese, the Mad burger, or the popular short-ribbed stuffed ravioli pillows. If you do have time for a drink, the Pretty in Pink and the Guapo 2.0 are some of the locals’ favorites to try.

“I had heard good things, especially about the burger, and it did not disappoint, and the service was probably the best I have ever had...I would do it again in a heart beat.” -Yelp Review


Katana Sushi and Robata Bar

399 N Dearborn St.

Near North Side | katanarobata.com

Perfect spot to pick up some late night sushi or noodle bowl

You can’t go wrong with authentic sushi and robata grilled favorites. Image courtesy of Katana.

This lively restaurant and bar offers some of the best late night sushi in Chicago, but don’t miss out on trying the delicious skewers from the robata grill! When your steak, shrimp, or chicken is cooked to perfection over the grills, the flavors of the spices, meat, and vegetables infuse together to create a taste like no other.

Regulars at this chic spot recommend the robata, but they also say that the lobster noodles, the spicy pork belly fried rice, and the lamb chops are not to be missed. If you have trouble choosing, consider trying a couple different small plates insead? You can choose from hot or cold starters, as well as any sushi and sashimi that you could want!

“We had such a nice time at Katana! I came here with a few friends and the first thing we noticed was the atmosphere. I thought everything was well presented, the prices were affordable, and the staff was so kind.” -Yelp Review



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Tavern on Rush

1031 N Rush St.

Near North Side | tavernonrush.com

End your night at this fun Chicago restaurant

Indulge in a steak, or go lighter with a soup and dinner sized salad. Image courtesy of Tavern on Rush.

Although the fare here centers around steak, there is so much more on the menu to choose from! It might also surprise you to know that this restaurant stays up late too, closing at 2am Monday through Sunday, and closing at 3am on Saturdays. What better place to get some delicious, upscale food late at night while you listen to the smooth grooves of the DJ? We can’t think of one!
Some of the top items on the menu are of course steaks, so consider trying out the porterhouse, skirt steak, or the ribeye. If you’re looking for something a little different, why not pick up a warm bowl of jambalaya, pork chops, and even some tasty brick oven pizza! If the weather is warm, you can eat and sip cocktails outside on their popular patio as well.

“Service was amazing! The staff was very accommodating and attentive. The food was tasty! I like that the menu has variety but not an overwhelming selection.” -Yelp Review



Pequod’s

2207 N Clybourn Ave.

DePaul | pequodspizza.com

Grab a deep dish pizza when you’ve got a late night food craving!

This deep dish is one of Chicago’s best. Image courtesy of Pequod’s.

Sometimes all you seem to want after a night of fun is an authentic Chicago-style deep dish pizza. And where better to satisfy your craving then at Pequod’s? This pizza shop is well-known throughout the Chicagoland area as having some of the best deep dish pizzas around. Maybe it’s due to the fact that each deep dish pizza features their mouth-watering caramelized crust? Do yourself a favor, and if you and your group want pizza, stop at Pequod’s.
If you’re not in the mood for a pizza, but still want some delicious food late at night, then pick up some buffalo wings, a meatball sandwich, or fresh made raviolis. You can even order thin crust pizza as well if you prefer!

“This has to be my favorite deep-dish Chicago pizza! Well done Pequod's! The crust is perfectly buttered and caramelized.” -Yelp Review





Gareeb Nawaz

2032 W Devon Ave.

West Rogers Park | Ghareebnawazonline.com

Try some of this spot’s fantastic late night Indian food

You get a lot of delicious Indian food for your money here. Image courtesy of Gareeb Nawaz.

If you’re out late either by choice or because of work, and craving some amazing Indian cuisine, never fear because Gareeb Nawaz will be open! This place has been serving up food to hungry late night customers until 4am since 1993, and is the perfect place to get your fill of all your Indian favorites. 
The moderately priced menu offers chicken biryani, shami kabab paratha, green chicken chili, chana chicken curry and so much more! You never have to worry about a long wait either, even when there is a line, it tends to move quickly They are also open for breakfast, in case you’re in need of that as well, and it’s served from 8am until 11am. 

“This place is one of a kind, great fast food option for a Indo/Pak cuisine. The value for money is great. Also, the portions are enormous, so you can easily share with family or friends.” -Yelp Review




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The Moonlighter

3204 W Armitage Ave.

Logan Square | themoonlighterchicago.com

Your late night place for burgers, tacos, and wings

A friendly bar serving up some of the best burgers in Chicago. Image courtesy of the Moonlighter.

The Moonlighter is a fun, neighborhood bar that serves up a mean hamburger. Fortunately for many hungry Chicagoans, they serve them up late night as well! This is the perfect place to stop and grab one of their 20 craft beers on draft, and order a hamburger to enjoy with it. You can choose from their classic cheeseburger, or spice it up with bacon, BBQ sauce, slaw, guacamole, or pickled jalapenos. You can even order a vegan friendly patty with vegan cheese as well!
They have plenty of TVs to enjoy while you’re waiting on your food, or if the weather is warm, you can hang out outside on their popular patio. Since it’s dog friendly, you might get to meet some new furry friends as well!

“I really like this place. It had great food that was super interesting and a cool bar scene. Love the number of TVs and the overall vibe. Would definitely come back here again.” -Yelp Review







Blind Dragon

613 N Wells

River North | blinddragon.com

Enjoy late night bites at this Asian lounge

Dinner and karaoke anyone? Image courtesy of Blind Dragon.

If you’re in the mood for something a little different at the end of the night, why not stop by Blind Dragon for a handcrafted cocktail, delicious bites, and fun karaoke? This spot is open until 2am most nights and until 3am on Saturday nights--so it’s perfect for your late night needs! Come in and grab a seat at one of the many luxe booths or at the bar, and order up a couple of their fantastic late night Asian-inspired small plates.
You can choose from edamame, Thai chicken wings, spicy potatoes, Korean noodles, or even beef satay. It’s a good idea to pair those with one of their world-class cocktails such as the Singapore Slang, Shogun Assassin, or the Midnight Warlock.

The drinks were great. We got a bottle of Veuve too. We nibbled on the back, edamame, and the potato wedges - so good.” -Yelp Review






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Jim’s Original Hot Dog

jimsoriginal.com

1250 S Union Ave.

University Village

This Chicago mainstay is open 24 hours a day

Sometimes you just can’t beat a late night Polish sausage sandwich. Image courtesy of Yelp.

After a long night out, a lot of Chicagoans seem to get the late night munchies for an authentic Polish sausage. And that’s just what this iconic hot dog spot has been serving up since 1943. This place is known throughout Chicago as being one of the places to stop for the famous Polish sausage sandwich, which is topped with onions, peppers, and mustard. They also offer hotdogs and hamburgers, but you’ve really got to try the sausage! Locals say this is a must after a fun night out.

What can you say about a CLASSIC! You can smell the onions and Polish sausages grilling off the highway! The place is FAST, friendly, reasonably priced, and best of all the food is DELICIOUS!” -Yelp Review

Restaurants that offer late night fare are always appreciated in Chicago. No matter if you’re craving pizza, sandwiches, or Asian cuisine, these places have got you covered! Where are your go-to places for late night food? Let us know in the comments!

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