Finding food late at night doesn’t always have to end with an unsatisfying drive-thru run. Chicago’s dining scene is rich and vibrant, and there are dining options available that cater to the late-night crowd. Next time you pull a late-nighter, refuel at one of these recommended restaurants. Today’s post features the expertise of Gino Williams of Chicago Alphabet Soup and Jeff Pearl of Jeff Eats Chicago. Let your growling stomach lead the way!
“Gyu-Kaku is immediately off the Michigan Avenue stretch 210 E Ohio Street. Here you get some truly authentic Japanese cuisine and if you are into grilling your own meat, you will fall in love with this restaurant. One of the greater things about Gyu-Kaku is that it stays open until 11:00 PM on Mondays through Thursdays and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Never a rush, outstanding service, and food that keeps you coming back, you are definitely guaranteed to get some incredibly great culinary delights well after 5:00 PM. I highly recommend the bibimbap.” –Gino
“Although it’s not 24 hours, you can still get food until 2AM. A variety of classic diner options makes this your place to hit up. You won’t find a Reuben with kim chi just anywhere. I’d also make special mention for the Patty Melt.” –Jeff
“San Soo Gab San at 5247 N. Western Avenue is where you go for a true food odyssey. It is Korean barbecue at its best. And if you are a night owl or just have an appetite for something well past 10:00 PM, you are guaranteed to get your fill up until 3:00 AM. You can order menu items from the kitchen or opt to grill your own meats ranging from chicken to pork to beef. Be prepared for being presented with numerous little bowls of vegetables that you can eat with the meat. And if you do go, order the bulgolgi. You’ll fly to the moon.” –Gino
“Authentic Mexican food from a shack amongst some great bars in Chicago makes for an excellent late night combo. You might have to fend off a hipster or two, but once you get those tacos, you’ll be thankful.” –Jeff
“Sports bars may be the ‘in thing’ for those who have recently turned 21. But if you want a classy atmosphere, food that will make you keep returning, and bar service that never fails, D’Noche at 2710 N. Milwaukee Avenue makes Logan Square an appealing spot for late night culinary satisfaction. The restaurant stays open until 11:00 PM Mondays through Thursdays and Sundays. On Fridays and Saturdays, there is no rush to leave as D’Noche stays open until 1:00 AM. Casual atmosphere, a great location for dining, and a certainty for repeat visits. The chocolate bread pudding with a cappuccino is a must.” –Gino
Marisa Miyasaki loves to mix and match different cuisines and believes Korean Tacos are just about the coolest thing ever invented. She is a devout foodhist and has a borderline-crazy obsession with taking pictures of nearly everything she eats. As Menuism's Community Manager, Marisa hopes to share her passion for food with the world- one hungry foodie at a time.