You just got out of a game at the United Center, a show at the Goodman, a concert at the Aragon Ballroom, or (gulp) a late night at work. You’re famished, and you don’t want to settle for fast food — nor should you. Chicago might not be the late-night mecca that NYC is, but we’ve still got plenty of options. Unsurprisingly, upscale versions of comfort food like ramen, pizza, barbecue, and tacos are out there for your late-night delectation and delight, but you’ll also find some pleasant surprises on the list: steakhouses, James Beard Award-winning chefs, a red-hot tapas bar, and more. We’ve listed them by neighborhood to make it easier to find a spot near the theater, arena, or concert venue you frequent.

Wow Bao

Wow Bao Late Night Window Man Holding Wow Bao Bag and Drink

Check out the late-night window (look for the brown awning labeled “Hot Buns!”) at this fully automated buns and dumplings spot, open until midnight Thursday through Saturday. Get some potstickers or a few bao, but be forewarned: credit cards only.


Late night eats at this noodle house means a rotating Fried Rice special after 10 p.m. (recent versions include smoked brisket with enoki mushrooms and sweet peas, and king crab and buttered corn); both this location and the River North shop are open and offering their full menu until midnight Sunday through Friday, and Saturdays until 1 a.m.