Chicago's Best Ramen & Pho

Forget sweater weather. We're more excited about soup season.


Nothing softens the blow of the changing seasons like a warm bowl of brothy goodness. We appreciate all types, styles and flavors of soups in the fall and winter, but noodle soup is one of our favorites. For the best suggestions for where to find excellent ramen, hot pots and pho around Chicago, look no further. Just start slurping.





Pho 777

1063 W. Argyle St. - Uptown


Argyle Street is full of delicious Vietnamese options, but few are as popular as Pho 777. This BYOB restaurant isn't fancy, but it is authentic.




Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot

2342 S. Wentworth Ave. - Chinatown


Create your own noodle-filled belly warmer at Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot in Chinatown. Choose your own soup base, protein, noodles and veggies at this all-you-can-eat spot.




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Tank Noodle

4953-55 N. Broadway - Uptown


Tank Noodle is another excellent Uptown option with more than ten different types of pho ranging from familiar flavors (chicken noodle soup) to slightly more adventurous choices (oxtail).




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Furious Spoon

2410 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Logan Square

1316 W. 18th St. - Pilsen

1571 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Wicker Park

1700 Maple Ave. - Evanston

125 S. Clark St. (Revival Food Hall) - Loop

800 W. Belmont Ave. - Lakeview

5406 N. Clark St. - Andersonville

205 W. Wacker Dr. (Wells St. Market) - Loop


Chicago's best-known hip-hop-loving ramen creators at Furious Spoon now have eight locations throughout the city.




Nha Hang Viet Nam

1032 W. Argyle St. - Uptown


Nha Hang Viet Nam offers a vegetarian pho option for herbivores usually deterred by the dish's traditionally beef-based broth.




Le's Pho

4925 N Broadway - Uptown


Head north on Broadway to Le's Pho. Its cult following will be quick to tell you this pho rivals that of some of the most popular spots in the neighborhood.




Hai Yen

1055 W. Argyle St. - Uptown


Hai Yen's Pho Dac Biet combines eye of round steak, brisket, flank, tendon, tripe and meatball's to create a truly beefed up delicacy. Don't worry, white meat fans. There's a chicken option here, too.




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High Five Ramen

112 N. Green St. - West Loop


Yes, High Five Ramen's combined popularity and tiny capacity mean you will have to wait for a seat. We swear it's worth it though, even on chilly days. Its sweet cocktail slushies (coconut painkiller and matcha lemonade) can even help bring some summer vibes to your time in the subterranean space.




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Wasabi

2115 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Bucktown


Wasabi's expanded dining room means less wait time and more ramen. We love it.




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Ramen-San

59 W. Hubbard St. - River North

219 N. Green St. - Fulton Market


Ramen-San's kimchi and fried chicken ramen might not be the most traditional recipe in the city, but it is one of the tastiest. Love soaking up every bit of your broth? Noodle refills are available for $3 with any bowl.




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Oiistar

1385 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Wicker Park


You can't go wrong with any of Oiistar's ramen options, but we recommend starting with the Oiimen bowl full of pork belly, egg and mushrooms.




Slurping Turtle

116 W. Hubbard St. - River North


The name says it all at Slurping Turtle. The River North restaurant offers a variety of ramen dishes that you'd be amiss to not finish off with a few good slurps.




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Strings

2141 S. Archer Ave. - Chinatown

919 W. Belmont Ave. - Lakeview


Strings has been educating its diners about the history and varieties of ramen since it launched in 2014. Visit this ramen shop in Lakeview and Chinatown.




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Urbanbelly

1400 W. Randolph St. - West Loop

1542 N. Damen Ave. - Wicker Park


Urbanbelly bridges Japanese and Vietnamese palettes by offering both pho and ramen on its menu. With Bill Kim at the helm, you won't go wrong with either option.




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Saigon Sisters

567 W. Lake St. - West Loop

251 E. Huron St. - River North

131 N. Clinton St. - West Loop


In between bao and banh mi, try Saigon Sisters' traditional beef pho—the menu's true sleeper hit.




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Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya

1482 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Wicker Park


Kizuki has locations as far spread across the globe as Taiwan, Australia and even Japan. The izakaya—the Japanese term for a pub or after-work watering hole—prides itself on providing a truly authentic experience. You can't miss the extra garlic-y tonkotsu shoyu ramen. 




Sunda

110 W. Illinois St. - River North


Sunda sets its pho dish apart with slices of tender wagyu beef in addition to oxtail and bone marrow.




Uptown Pho

1010 W. Argyle St. - Uptown


In addition to nearly ten different varieties of pho, Uptown Pho offers other types of Vietnamese noodles soups including bun nuoc, mi nuoc and kho.




Chi Cafe

2160 S. Archer Ave. - Chinatown


Chi Cafe's noodle soups contain proteins ranging from duck to beef brisket to lamb. All are sure to please on an especially chilly afternoon.




Penny’s Noodle Shop

950 W. Diversey Ave. - Lincoln Park

1130 Chicago Ave. - Oak Park


The "noodle soups" portion of Penny's Noodle Shop's menu covers all bases, from ramen to wonton soup. The shrimp noodle soup, served in a roasted tomato broth, is the standout.




Paul’s Noodle Shop

3400 N. Sheffield Ave. - Lakeview


Paul's Noodle Shop ventures outside of its mostly Thai menu by offering ramen as well as udon noodle soups—and it's all good.