Chicago After Dark: Best Late Night Places For Grub


Gone are the days when late night fare meant drive-thurs and delivery pizza. After a night out at the bars in Chicago, you can soak up your booze with anything from a veggie dog to escargot.

Tempo Café: Can’t stand the wait at Tempo for brunch? Stop by any other hour of the day (literally, it’s open 24 hours) for some seriously tasty diner-style food. Try the Poor Man’s Skillet for a heaping portion of hash browns, veggies, ham, cheese and eggs any way. Personally, I prefer the pancakes for their amazing fluffiness and buttery quality. Top with syrup and eat quickly because you’ll want to order them again for brunch the next morning.
6 E. Chestnut St.; 312-943-4373

America’s Dog: If you’re not up for a verbal lashing at Wiener’s Circle, there’s another area hot dog shop that serves up quality food with polite service and the indoor seating is pretty nice, too. The Lincoln Park location always has a line to the door at bar time, but don’t let that discourage you. There’s really something for everyone, and even vegetarians can enjoy a veggie dog, topped with just about anything.
Multiple Locations; 2300 N. Lincoln Ave; 773-281-2333

Bijan’s Bistro: Looking for a classier bite of late-night fare? Bijan’s is a legit bistro serving everything from comfort food like meatloaf to a sophisticated escargot appetizer. Beat the crowds by stopping by this classy joint after-hours – it’s open until 4 a.m.
633 N. State St.; 312-202-1904

Hub 51: The bar at Hub 51 is an upscale lounge with the swanky clientele to match. If you’re lucky enough to nab a table, order something off their versatile menu and you won’t be disappointed. The pulled chicken nachos, made with braised organic chicken, fresh tortilla chips, loads of salsa, guac and cheese, are a beautiful mess of a late-night snack.
51 W. Hubbard St.; 312-828-0051


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