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
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