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.
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.
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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4953-55 N. Broadway - Uptown
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
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.
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.
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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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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2101 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Logan Square
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.
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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Strings2141 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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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.
Saigon Sisters567 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
1538 N. Clybourn Ave. - Lincoln 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.
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. You can also build your own ramen bowl at this River North eatery!
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.
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.
950 W. Diversey Ave. - Lincoln 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.
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.