Taco Bell might have coined the term “Fourth Meal” years ago, but Chicago restaurants have certainly perfected the late night bite. From bar snacks to full on dinner menus, if you’re a night owl, or just have a craving after 10 pm, there are plenty of spots to satisfy your need. Here are some of our favorite late night bites in the city!
Frontier: Open Thursday and Friday until 2 AM, Saturday until 3 AM
For the serious late-nighters, Frontier offers their full dinner menu to guests wanting to come in for a bite on their way home from the bars or a just a full-on feast for no real reason. Guests can snack on smaller plates like Duck Tacos (confit, salsa verde, red onion, cilantro, queso fresco, fried yuca), Chicken Wings, and Pretzel Bites for a little nibble. Or, indulge with unique proteins like Smoked Wagyu Beef Back Ribs or the Water Buffalo Burger, (double water buffalo patties, cheddar, bacon & onion jam, LTO, fried jalapeño peppers, bbq, french fries). If you choose an entree, don’t forget to use your Dining Out Passbook to get them 2-for-1! Learn more here 🙂 Whatever you choose, wash it down with one (or two) of Frontier’s handcrafted cocktails!
La Bodega del Barrio: Open until 10 PM daily
If you want a quick bite, but your bed is also calling your name, take it to go! River North’s newest favorite Mexican destination, Barrio, also has a to-go bodega with unique eats and sweet treats! From churros to tacos to coffee to candies and more, this is a fun place to get your sweet tooth on in the later hours. We definitely recommend the Al Pastor taco or the Churro Sundae if you’re hella hungry.
Bar Takito: Open Friday and Saturday until 11 PM
This is our favorite West Loop spot for authentic tacos, and they keep their doors open until 11 PM with a full dinner menu for your late-night taco cravings. You can order the Coffee Braised Beef Barbacoa (popcorn tortilla, queso fresco, pickled jicama, cilantro, roasted peanuts) or Skirt Steak Taco (popcorn tortilla, red chimichurri, purple potatoes, truffled avocado pine nut puree, crispy purple potato). Since no late-night taco is complete without a couple drinks, choose from a variety of margaritas and create your own Margarita Flight (this is our favorite drink option!).
Cochon Volant Brasserie: Open daily until 11 PM
Located in the heart of the Loop, Cochon Volant Brasserie offers their dinner menu until 11 PM in addition to their Bar Bites Menu until 10 PM. These are not your typical late night bites either! Think Tenderloin Steak Tartare and Croque Madame Eggrolls for Bar Bites or indulge in dinner items like the famous Burger Royale or a pasta dish. Get your fancy on, even as the stars come out!
Epic Burger: River North location open Friday and Saturday until 4 AM
There are a number of these delicious burger joints across the city, with varying hours of operation. Their River North location, however, is the perfect post-bar stop for an Epic Grilled Cheese or one of their burgers…just don’t forget the fries! It’s a huge upgrade from the usual fast-food run you’d make after a night out, and you can even order online if you want delivery instead!
Rockit Bar & Grill: Open until midnight, Monday-Thursday; Until 2 AM on Friday and 3 AM on Saturday
You might only think of Rockit as a late-night dancing spot, but their kitchen is also putting out greatness late into the night! There late night menu includes the mouth-watering Giant Fried Mozzarella Stick, along with classics like wings, Pesto Fries and a whole slew of sandwiches. Dancing can be draining, so re-fuel with one of these babies when you need a break from the dance floor!