On December 1, Wow Bao opened Chicago’s first and only fully automated dining experience. Located at 1 W. Division Street in Chicago’s Gold Coast, the restaurant features an automated storefront that enables digital ordering via mobile app or in-store kiosk.

Kiosks at new wow bao location

Here’s your first taste of what to expect, robots not included.

Bowl of noodles and two salads from Wow Bao

How it works:

1) Place your order via an in-store kiosk, or download the Wow Bao app from the Apple Store or Google Play.

2) Track your order progress on the large screens in the restaurant. Once orders have been placed, guests will pick up their meals via one of 12 personalized animated LED-lit cubbies.

3) When your meal is ready, the screen will direct you to a cubby.

4) Find the cubby with your name on it, double tap the right corner of the screen to open and find your Bao!

Bao and potstickers

The new location offers breakfast Monday – Friday 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM, featuring Breakfast Bao, “The World’s Best” Oatmeal, Do-Rite Donuts and Big Shoulders Coffee and Espresso drinks. Wow Bao’s signature lunch and dinner menus are available for dine-in, carry-out and delivery service. Check out the Wow Bao menu here.

Hours of operation:
Monday – Thursday 7:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Follow along at @Wowbao to be in the know.