Night Owls Have Plenty of Dining Options in Chicago

It’s often a conundrum: Chicago locals and visitors leave a concert or the theater and are starving. What places to hit when it seems everyone is sleeping? Actually, there are a ton of restaurants throughout the city that cater to night owls with full-blown meals. 

In the mood to share? Tapas are always a good bet when you want something but not an entire meal to yourself. Café Iberico off the Mag Mile or Café Ba-Ba-Reeba! are open late and usually can accommodate larger groups. On the Magnificent Mile and just a bit south is Mercat a la Planxa.

Since Chicago is known for its pizza, you can’t go wrong with Piece Pizza or Pequod’s for gooey goodness that often hits the spot late at night.

For more complete meal options, check out Longman and Eagle in Logan Square, Sunda in River North or Coast Sushi in Bucktown. Both Longman and Eagle and Sunda also have full bars so you can enjoy a cocktail with your meal. It’s BYOB at this Coast Sushi location so plan accordingly.

If you feel like watching some salsa dancing (or dancing yourself) while enjoying your meal, head to Nacional 27.

Chicago is always open way past many people’s bedtimes to serve the late night crowd.

Nacional 27, whose name refers to the 27 recognized Latin American countries, offers a unique menu featuring a wide range of thrilling Latin American favorites. Indeed, from chimichurri sauce to garlic-roasted chicken Cubano, the skilled kitchen...  Read More

Coast Sushi Bar

With three locations, Coast is known for its high quality sushi coupled with outstanding service. Weekends can get loud and very busy, especially at its city locations. The Bucktown hotspot (BYOB) features a warm and sexy interior while its...  Read More

Family-owned since 1948, this hot dog drive-in (or eat-in) is a local institution, not only for its great menu but for its enormous, roof-top wiener mascots. Don't call them hot dogs, though. They're Superdawgs. Served in a box with the...  Read More

Caf� Ba Ba Reeba! may be Chicago's first tapas bar but that alone isn't what keeps people coming back. It's one of the best places to find authentic tapas and sangria (it's a bit on the sweeter side). Patatas bravas come with generous...  Read More

Lincoln Park

There is some debate among diners on whether the pizza here is considered deep dish or pan pizza. Pequod's uses the terms interchangeably but once you get past the debate, few will argue that its caramelized crust is stuff of pizza dreams. Their...  Read More

Be careful as you drive by this Wicker Park pizzeria and brewery because it's likely there are people spilling out into the street since it's usually very packed. Not only can you enjoy award-winning pizzas and home brewed beer but it's a great...  Read More

Caf� Iberico has both fans and foes but there is a reason this Spanish restaurant continues to be popular: it attracts a young, attractive crowd that enjoys the upbeat festive atmosphere (read: loud) and abundant selection of cold and hot...  Read More

Sunda is an award-winning restaurant at the vanguard of America's New Asian movement showcasing Eastern Asian and Southeast Asian regional cuisine. The surprising, simple, flavorful dishes are served and shared while a full sushi bar provides an...  Read More

The light streaming through the massive, arched windows enhance the vibrant colors of this Catalan restaurant located in the Blackstone Hotel. The tables and chairs carry off sleek, modern lines that are contrasted with bright greens and oranges...  Read More

Best known for its extensive whiskey selection (148 selections currently available), the bar and restaurant offers an ever-changing menu with an emphasis on local and seasonal ingredients. Chef Jared Wentworth keeps things fresh but fun with...  Read More


Meet Megy Karydes

Megy Karydes has spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and most of her life in Chicago. While she’s traveled extensively internationally, visiting each of the 50 states is on her...  More About Megy

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