The Best Soup In Chicago

It's cold. It's snowy. You're too miserable to even chew. Don't underestimate what soup can do for you during the winter. 

Warm yourself from the inside out with a hearty bowl the next time Chiberia has you feeling physically and mentally frozen. If nothing else, it will make you ready for your next nap. And when you wake up, we'll be that much closer to Spring. 

Of course, we'd be crazy to not mention all the ramen and pho shops around town when talking about the totally hip soup scene in Chicago. We've got a list of those, too. Once you're done working your way through those, start slurping at these spots...

Uncle Mike's Place

1700 W. Grand Ave. - West Town

Admittedly more of a porridge than a soup, the lugao at Uncle Mike's Place is a white rice and chicken-based dish that screams "comfort food." Roasted garlic and lemon garnishes give it a little extra zing in the flavor department. Order for pick up or delivery here.

Cafe Mustache 

2313 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Logan Square

Never content with being just a coffee shop, Cafe Mustache in Logan Square also sells homemade soups for dining in or carry out. The offerings change daily, but our favorites include the corn chowder with cheddar and roasted red pepper and feta. There's also a vegan option every day. You can place an order for pickup or delivery here.

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2943 N. Broadway Ave. - Lakeview

Get that bread bowl your heart desires at Soupbox, where delicious, varietal soup is practically the only thing on the menu. Get a warm meal delivered right to your door today.

Pick Me Up Cafe

4882 N. Clark St. - Uptown

Pick me Up Cafe is still serving up your soup fixes in its new Uptown location. Call ahead to get the soup of the day. Get yours today with pickup or delivery.


First Slice Pie Cafe

4401 N. Ravenswood Ave. - Ravenswood 

4664 N. Manor Ave. - Ravenswood Manor

5357 N. Ashland Ave. - Andersonville 

1823 Church St. - Evanston

Soup from a pie shop? When it's this good, yes! Find one of First Slice's cafes and order the spicy grain soup made with lentils, brown rice, tortillas and more. Get it delivered or for pickup here.

Capt'n Nemo's

7367 N. Clark St. - Roger's Park

There for us since 1971, Capt'n Nemo's is the no-frills soup and sandwich shop we need on cold days. The vegetarian split pea soup is its signature offering and served every day. A rotating daily schedule of other, mostly vegetarian soups is also on the menu. You can also buy a frozen bowl to take home for the next time you don't want to change out of sweatpants. Order delivery or pickup online here. 

Cesar's Killer Margaritas 

2924 N. Broadway St. - Lakeview 

3166 N. Clark St. - Lakeview

We know you're mostly visiting Cesar's for the tequila-heavy "killer margaritas," but have you ever tried the sopa de fideo? It combines tomato and chicken broth with angel hair pasta and a cilantro garnish for a taste that's simple, filling and delicious. Bring the delectable treat to your doorstep by ordering delivery or pickup.

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Birrieria Zaragoza

4852 S. Pulaski Rd. - Archer Heights

Birrieria Zaragoza's consommé is tomato based and vegetarian-friendly. If you do live a carnivorous life, order it with a small plate of birria (goat) for added deliciousness. For another one of our favorite takes on birria stew, check out Birrieria Reyes de Ocotlan. Grab it for delivery or pickup today!

Gene's Sausage Shop

4750 N. Lincoln Ave. - Lincoln Square

We don't know why the chicken noodle soup at Gene's Sausage Shop is so extremely flavorful. Maybe it's the Amish chickens used in its creation. Maybe it's the fact that it's made fresh daily. Whatever the case, it's one of the best takes in town on an old classic. 

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Manny's Cafeteria 

1141 S. Jefferson St. - South Loop

From different savory soups to the added variety of the soup a day, Manny's Cafeteria sees the value of our favorite cozy treat. Place an order for delivery or pick up today!

Eleven City Diner

1112 S. Wabash Ave. - South Loop

If it's matzoh ball soup you're after, Manny's Cafeteria & Delicatessen and Eleven City Diner are your best bets. Warm up to a yummy meal without leaving your house. Get pickup or delivery here.

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Le Bouchon 

1958 N. Damen Ave. - Bucktown

This list wouldn't be complete without a french onion soup option—or soupe à l’oignon gratinée if you're feeling fancy! Le Bouchon has our favorite recipes. Order soups for pick up today!

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Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro 

3905 N. Lincoln Ave. - North Center

For a different take on French onion soup, try Mrs. Murphy & Sons. This North Center spot mixes stout beer into its soup and adds gooey white cheddar on top. Irish indeed. Grab it to-go or delivery.

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Wow Bao

Various Locations - Chicago

Have one of those colds that just won't let you get through the day? Wow Bao's Thai herb broth's mix of lemongrass, ginger and lime is a real sinus clearer. Available for delivery and pickup.

La Casa de Samuel

2834 W. Cermak Rd. - Little Village

Caldo refers to a Mexican soup with a chicken broth base. You should definitely check out La Casa de Samuel's caldo tlalpeño which includes bacon, potatoes, zucchini, chickpeas, avocado and chipotle (O-M-G!!!). Sip a delicious soup in no time when you place an order for pickup and delivery here.

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Pozoleria San Juan

1523 N. Pulaski Rd. - Humboldt Park

Pozoleria San Juan boasts that its "Chicago's house of pozole" and we can't argue with them. The Humboldt Park restaurant serves pozole of the rojo, verde and blanco varieties and is open 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays! Grab your soup by placing an order for pickup or order delivery.

Taqueria Atotonilco

3916 W. 26th St. - Little Village

6922 W. 111th St

Taqueria Atotonilco's signature menudo—a traditional Mexican soup made with beef tripe and a red chili pepper base—is only available on weekends, but we promise it's worth the wait. Available for pickup and delivery.

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Ssyal Ginseng House

4201 W. Lawrence Ave. - Mayfair 

Bathe in the flavors of Ssyal Ginseng House's chicken soup while soaking up the healthy benefits of its namesake ginseng. You know you need those anti-aging effects after surviving a few Chicago winters. Place an order for delivery and pickup.


1549 W. Division St. - Noble Square

If there's one thing that will (hopefully) never change about the Polish Triangle, it's Podhalanka. Not only does this place look like your Polish grandma's kitchen—plastic table cloths and all—the food tastes as good as hers, too. The zupy (Polish for "soup") comes in all kinds of hearty flavors including barley, tomato, sour borscht and cucumber. The portions aren't skimpy either! Grab it for delivery or pickup here.

La Scarola

721 W. Grand Ave. - River West

This old-school Italian restaurant serves up the best Pasta & Fagioli soup in the city! Flavors of basil and wine engulf generous portions of Cannellini beans, pasta and cheese. Call to place an orer. 

Publican Quality Meats

825 W. Fulton Market - West Loop

PQM's ribollita—served on both the deli's weekday lunch and weekend menus—is chocked full of runner beans, sausage and braised kale and sourdough. Pick up some house-made sausage on your way out and make it at home! Place an order for delivery today!