Don't let the clock hold you back from enjoying some of the best munchies in Chicago.
We all know that familiar, late night stomach grumble. It's an insatiable feeling that can only be calmed by cheese fries, Pad Thai, tacos or whatever else you desire after 10 p.m.
To find out what Chicago restaurants and bars serving the best late night food, check out our guide below.
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615 W. Randolph St. - West Loop
Avec is a popular Restaurant Row destination during normal dinner hours but its kitchen is open until midnight Sunday through Thursday and 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
636 N. Ashland Ave. - West Town
Duk's was formerly known as Donald Duk's Red Hots until Walt Disney sued the Chicago hot dog stand in 1957. Luckily, an abbreviated name was all it took for the greasy spoon to continue serving chili dogs, Polish sausages, cheeseburgers and other classic nighttime bites. It's open until at least 12 a.m. most night and is 24 hours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
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2210 N. California Ave. - Logan Square
Logan Square's favorite pizza-by-the-slice spot takes food orders until 1:30 a.m. (2:30 a.m. on Saturdays).
811 N. Ashland Ave. - West Town
We're not claiming a late night al pastor burrito is the best way to curb a hangover, but we're also not not saying that. This taqueria is open until 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 3:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
1531 N. Damen Ave. - Wicker Park
3640 N. Clark St. - Wrigleyville
You're not a true Chicagoan until you've ended a night with one of Big Star's walking tacos. The Wicker Park kitchen serves that (and more) until 1:30 a.m. (2:30 a.m. on Saturdays). Big Star's new Wrigleyville is also open late on Fridays (1:30 a.m.) and Saturdays (2:30 a.m.).
Image via Facebook / White Palace Grill
1159 S. Canal St. - South Loop
Need biscuits and gravy at 1:45 a.m. on a Wednesday? White Palace Grill has been serving its customers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year since 1939.
Image via Facebook / Dimo's Pizza
3463 N. Clark St. - Wrigleyville
1615 N. Damen Ave. - Wicker Park
Both of Dimo's locations serve up slices with obscure and delicious toppings like hot dogs and mac & cheese well past midnight.
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1571 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Wicker Park
2410 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Logan Square
1316 W. 18th St. - Pilsen
800 W. Belmont Ave. - Lakeview
It seems like there's a Furious Spoon popping up in every neighborhood of Chicago, which is a good thing if ramen is your go-to late night craving. The locations above are open until at least midnight most nights.
2120 S. Canal St. - Chinatown
It's 2 a.m. Your belly is full of beer. Think about how good some fried shrimp, catfish or maybe even crab cakes sound right now. They're all served up 24/7 here.
311 E. 75th St. - South Shore
Late night barbeque? Yes, please. That's what Lem's is for.
3057 N. Ashland Ave. - Lakeview
2072 N. Western Ave. - Logan Square
We're frequent flyers at Redhot Ranch. Its fried shrimp can't be beaten and the burger is one of our favorites in the city. Both locations are open until 4 a.m. every night (5 a.m. on Saturdays).
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2622 N. Clark St. - Lakeview
Get a chocolate shake like you've never had before (plus, burgers, char-dogs, fries and other snacks) until at least 4 a.m. from the famously sassy staff at The Weiners Circle.
2009 N. Western Ave. - Logan Square
Tacos 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It's like a preview of heaven.
4019 W. North Ave. - Humboldt Park
Taqueria Huentitan's birria is a Humboldt Park favorite and you can get it until 3 a.m. every night except on weekends when the restaurant is open 24 hours.
2032 W. Devon Ave. - Rogers Park
Meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans can all find late night solace in this Indian restaurant—open until 4 a.m. every night.
2406 W. Diversey Ave. - Logan Square
1765 W Lawrence Ave. - Ravenswood
3001 N. Central Ave. - Logan Square
2720 N. Clark St. - Lincoln Park
4229 W. Irving Park Rd. - Irving Park
3234 W. Irving Park Rd. - Irving Park
3959 W. Diversey Ave. - Avondale
We promise we will never ever fault you for wanting breakfast food at weird hours of the day. Neither will Golden Nugget. All locations serve bacon, eggs, waffles and other classics 24 hours a day.
Huck Finn Restaurant
3414 S. Archer Ave. - South Lawndale
6650 S. Pulaski Rd. - Marquette Park
Huck Finn's is the South Side's favorite destination for 24-hour diner food and donuts.
Image via Facebook / Jim's Original
1250 S. Union Ave. - University Village
16 E. 95th St. - Princeton Park
Jim's is the originator of the "Maxwell Street Polish Sausage Sandwich." Try the OG for yourself 24 hours a day at either of its locations.
411 W. 31st St. - Bridgeport
This is another excellent 24/7 spot for cheap, delicious, authentic Polish sausage sandwiches. The burgers and pork chop sandwiches aren't bad either.
1174 W. Cermak Rd. - Pilsen
Unsurprisingly, the go-to order at this 24-hour diner is the steak and eggs. You can't go wrong.
209 W. Cermak Rd. - Chinatown
Twenty-four hour a day dim sum gets a thumbs up from us.
2558 N. Ashland Ave. - Lakeview
El Presidente's "American Breakfast Special"—two eggs, two slices of bacon, two pieces of sausage or ham and coffee—is there for us 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Bless it. (As the name implies, classic Mexican dishes are also a main staple of the menu.)
3407 W. Belmont Ave. - Avondale
When you serve up perfectly greasy, delicious diner food like omelets and club sandwiches 24 hours a day, you don't have to worry about making your dining room look too fancy. We learned that valuable lesson from Belmont Snack Shop.
4357 N. Western Ave. - North Center
In the mood to eat a 4:30 a.m. burger at a 50+-year-old diner? Check.
1624 W. Belmont Ave. - Lakeview
Originally, this night owl only opened its kitchen after 9 p.m. Now, you can grab noodle dishes and sushi during daytime hours, too, but it's the 4 a.m. closing time that still comes in most clutch here.
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2258 W. Chicago Ave. - Ukrainian Village
Everything on Fatso's menu makes us drool. The char-dogs, the jumbo fried shrimp, the mac & cheese—it's all just so beautiful. The doors here close at midnight Sunday through Thursday, but they're open until 4 a.m. on the weekend.
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3040 N. Clark St. - Lakeview
Clark Street Dog always seems to emerge as a favorite when discussing Lakeview's many late-night options and for good reason. Don't kid yourself when you go to order here. Get the hot dog.
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1110 N. State St. - Gold Coast
Late night, upscale tacos in Gold Coast? Yep. There's a place for that.
169 W. Ontario St. - River North
What kind of Chicagoans would we be if we didn't have Italian beef on this list? Al's River North location is the only to stay open until midnight every night (except Sundays) and serve up that sweet meat until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
2408 N. Lincoln Ave. - Lincoln Park
If you've ever attended DePaul University or caught a show at Lincoln Hall, you have no excuse for having not stopped off at this neighborhood favorite. Home to one of our favorite salsas in the city, Allende's tacos, tortas and burritos are the best on the block.
2149 S. Halsted St. - Bridgeport
If dive bars and nighttime pierogi is your thing (and why wouldn't it be?), prepare to raise a glass to this place.
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1541 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. - Andersonville
The side dishes alone (elote with fried avocado and bacony pan-fried Brussel spouts for starters) make this Andersonville bar and restaurant worth visiting. The kitchen is open until a half hour before close every night.
2013 W. North Ave. - Wicker Park
Estelle's kitchen—if you can call it that—is open until 3:30 a.m. every night (limited menu after 3 a.m.). The amount of Southern-inspired tastiness that the bar's tiny fryer and flattop setup pumps out never fails to impress us.
Photo via Facebook/Zombie Taco
530 N. LaSalle Dr. - River North
Located inside the Moxy hotel, Zombie Taco is River North's only 24-hour taco window.
1635 W. Irving Park Rd. - Irving Park
After a devastating fire in 2016, our favorite 24-hour burger joint and home of the "Slinger" (a double burger smothered with two sunnyside up eggs, cheese, hash browns, onions, chili and served with a side of toast) is finally back! Funny, so are our appetites.
2759 W. Augusta Blvd. - Humboldt Park
Dante's finally made our dreams come true by including a full bar in its newest location in Humboldt Park. The restaurant/bar serves pizza by the slice, strombolis and more until midnight every night.
Photo via Facebook/Bijan's Bistro
663 N. State St. - Gold Coast
Class up your late night eats at Bijan's, serving dinner specials like baked brie, pasta and duck a'la orange until 3 a.m. or later every night of the week, 365 days of the year.
The Tamale Man
Claudio is his name. His red cooler full of freshly made tamales has brought nocturnal bliss to countless Chicagoans over the years. He's a hero. There's no denying that. Keep an eye out for him (and several other traveling tamale copycats) at kitchen-less bars across town. If you're specifically aiming for a run in, try tracking him down!