Chicago's Takeout Restaurants Feature All Ethnic Cuisines, from Cuban to Polish



Take out in Chicago isn’t limited to just pizza (although it has plenty of pizza options). The city is blessed with a heavy concentration of ethnic cuisines throughout the city which makes it particularly easy to find fast casual restaurants also offer take out fare.

Craving some Cuban? Head to Cafecito which offers its popular Cubano sandwich. Oasis Café is a hidden gem among gems (literally as it’s located in the very back of a jewelry shop) for busy Loop professionals who hit it up almost once a week for its fresh and homemade Middle Eastern food.

If you happen to be near Block 37, a new concept awaits called Farmer’s Fridge: a kiosk with complete meals in a jar.

For those with a large group that can’t seem to decide on a particular cuisine, head to the Chicago French Market which offers European and Asian-inspired vendors in a food court setting.

Of course there has to be pizza, too. You can’t go wrong with Lou Malnatti's. Considered one of the best pizza places in Chicago, it not only has several suburban and city of Chicago locations but those outside of Chicago can now enjoy that fresh from the oven pizza taste since Lou's ships nationwide.

Most Chicago restaurants make it easy to order favorite meals conveniently through online ordering, phoning in or simply stopping by. It’s not hard to find great take out in Chicago. Rather, the hard part is deciding from which place to order. 


Lou Malnati's Pizzeria - River North
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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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