In these challenging and uncertain times, it’s important now more than ever to help out local businesses as much as possible, and in whichever ways you’re comfortable with. The coronavirus poses a very serious and immediate threat to businesses within the hospitality sector especially, and restaurants, bars, and bakeries are in dire need of support to get through it.
Fortunately, even if you’re wary about dining out (which is totally fair), there are many excellent options for takeout and delivery in Chicago. After all, this is a city notorious for its grueling, hibernation-inducing winters, so we’re well versed in delivery dining. Here’s a list of restaurants you can—and should!—patronize. And please remember, whether you’re dining out or ordering in, be sure to tip generously, as well.
If you've got a hankering for smoked chicken, you're in luck. One of the most original restaurants in the city, known for its whimsical Korean-Polish mashup cuisine, Kimski is now doing its own delivery service for orders placed within Western Avenue, Division Street, Lake Shore Drive, and 63rd Street. This also applies to Kimski's adjoining sister bar, Maria's, and orders can be placed directly on its website. Maria's is open at noon daily; Kimski delivery is available 4–9:30 p.m.
Dusek’s Board and Beer
Here's a fun new delivery option, available via Caviar: Dusek's is bringing back its rotating dining series, The Ordinary, which consists of a daily changing dish-and-beer pairing that was popular at early American taverns in past centuries. The dish special will be announced each day after 4:30 p.m., and the restaurant is offering a selection of beers by the bottle and can, as well. There's also a limited delivery menu that skews toward comfort food, with options like double cheeseburgers, roast chicken, and even cocktails.
Summer House Santa Monica
Just because you can't go out for weekend brunch doesn't mean you can't enjoy egg sandwiches, silver dollar pancakes, and breakfast potatoes. Lincoln Park's sunny Summer House Santa Monica is offering delivery and pickup for weekend brunch orders, which should put a little pep in your step come Saturday and Sunday.
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Now you can get a taste of one of the most acclaimed new restaurants in Chicago at home, thanks to Galit To-Go. The Middle Eastern–inspired Lincoln Park restaurant has rolled out curbside pickup for lunch and dinner, with comforting dishes like hummus, salatim, fresh pita, and coal-fired vegetables, plus wine and beer. Orders can be placed here, and pickup is available Tuesday–Saturday, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. for lunch and 3–8:30 p.m. for dinner.
Well, this is brilliant. Mott St has introduced a line of meal kits for delivery and takeout, and the restaurant is even working on adding more basic pantry items, like stock, rice, and toilet paper. In the meantime, kits include boat noodles, steamed dumplings, whole fish, and black cod. All kits come with cooking/reheating instructions and are great for families.
All Together Now
There's a whole menu of social-distance goods available for takeout at this Ukrainian Village spot. While the dining room is closed, it has opened a "drive-thru" window for to-go orders of everything from wine and cheese to cultured butter, olives, tinned fish, and food—salads, a roast beef sandwich, a smashed white bean sandwich, creamed trout dip, etc. Going the extra mile, ATN also has a "wine and cheese hotline" (773-661-1599) that people can call to get personalized recommendations, and each night it is cooking family dinners available for pickup 3–6 p.m. Plus, the full menu is available for delivery via GrubHub.
Normally a fine-dining tasting menu destination, this uptown restaurant has transitioned to a delivery menu of more casual fare. This includes a burger, a gyro with roasted mushrooms, tagliatelle, and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Peep the menu here.
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This Bavarian-inspired West Town spot is now open for delivery and takeout Tuesday–Saturday, and the brunch-y Friday and Saturday offerings feature to-go mimosas, spaetzle carbonara, and breakfast sandwiches. For dinner, rib eye, smoked chicken, and ribs anchor the family-style options, while other dishes include burgers, garlicky pretzels, and chopped salads. Check out the menu here; here are options for delivery.
Sam’s Crispy Chicken
It’s the perfect time for a delivery-only concept to launch, and that’s precisely what Los Angeles–based SBE Entertainment Group has done with its brand-new Sam’s Crispy Chicken. With delivery available in Chicago, L.A., New York City, and San Francisco, the virtual restaurant, which operates out of various Cloud Kitchens, features an array of fried chicken sandwiches, a fried chicken Caesar salad, chicken and Belgian-style liege waffles, house-made sauces, and plant-based options.
Each night, this West Town fixture is preparing a different family-style meal, affectionately called Real Good Dinner, for delivery and curbside pickup. Each meal feeds two hungry people and consists of an appetizer; salad; an entrée choice of chicken, beef, or vegetables; and dessert. And beyond that, for all your grocery needs, the restaurant has launched Bodega Biscay, delivering essential items like produce, beans, rice, pasta, spices, sodas, wine, and beer. Everything is available noon–8 p.m. daily, and all orders are taken for next-day delivery or pickup.
For all your wholesome comfort food needs (pie, breakfast bowls, cookies, biscuits, avocado toast), this Lincoln Square charmer has you covered with its new site aimed at curbside pickup. It’s usable for walk-in to-go orders, and the café can even run your food right out to your car. Group-friendly meals are soon joining the lineup, as well. And don’t forget gift certificates!
Roots Handmade Pizza
Get that happy hour experience at home thanks to Roots, which is running a daily Happy Home Hour from all three locations. This includes 50 percent off delivery and carryout for wine, beer, and White Claw, 3–6 p.m. Orders need to be placed via Roots’s website or app, with the code “happyhomehour” at checkout.
Get your empanada fix from any location of this local mini chain, aside from its Politan Row outpost. Curbside pickup and delivery is available, and the limited menu includes staples like beef sirloin, goat, guava and queso fresco, and black beans with plantains and goat cheese.
This legendary family-run Italian market and sandwich shop is going strong through these tough times, maintaining its heartwarming presence as a beacon of community and hospitality. In the midst of the coronavirus, the shop has removed some of its tables and chairs to create more space, and it’s waiving delivery fees for the duration of March. Stock up on sandwiches like tuna subs, roast beef, porchetta, and the Mr. G, an iconic specialty loaded with provolone, hot soppressata, prosciutto, Genoa salami, truffle mustard, balsamic vinaigrette, hot oil, marinated Roman-style artichokes, fresh basil, and lettuce with red wine vinegar and oregano.
Bungalow by Middlebrow
Although this bakeshop/café/pizzeria/brewery is closed for dine-in, it is still offering its full menu via Caviar delivery, and the restaurant is also taking on delivery duties itself to help provide more work for employees. Folks can place orders at the pickup window or call ahead for curbside pickup. Additionally, Bungalow is offering weekly subscriptions to exclusive beers, breads, and pizzas, both for takeout and delivery. In case all that wasn't enough, it is also selling farm-fresh produce and ingredients such as grains, eggs, and grits. All the details are available here.
In case you want to add a little Michelin-starred cred to your quarantine, this West Town tasting menu restaurant is offering pickup and delivery (in West Town and Wicker Park) for a very special Dinner for Two package. Basically translating the fine-dining experience to at-home dining, the prix fixe setup includes baby kale salad, short ribs with Cheddar grits, and brownies. And yes, there's more than enough for leftovers. It's $70 for just the food, or a bottle of wine can be added for $30, and à la carte options are available, as well. Orders can be placed online or by calling the restaurant (773-697-4961) Tuesday–Saturday, 4–9 p.m.
Gene & Georgetti
Chicago’s original steakhouse has your back. While the River North location is still rebuilding after a fire, the Rosemont outpost has increased its DoorDash delivery range from seven to 12 miles, and to-go orders are available for curbside pickup—just park your car in front of the restaurant, present your order number, and food will be brought out in safe packaging. It has also implemented a family-style dinner package, with shareable and budget-friendly starters, entrées, sides, and desserts, including fried calamari, minestrone soup, spaghetti and meatballs, Greek-style chicken, smashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and tiramisu. All of this plus the fact that for every $100 spent, guests receive a $25 gift card for future use.
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The restaurant group behind popular spots like Bar Siena, Bandit, Prime & Provisions, Barrio, and Siena Tavern is going above and beyond with its efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus. Restaurants Bar Siena and Siena Tavern are offering extensive takeout and delivery options, made by calling the restaurants, placing your order, paying over the phone, and simply waiting in your car, starting at 4 p.m. each day. In addition to food, customers can also order bottles of wine, with 10 different options available. DineAmic has started donating a portion of proceeds to the American Red Cross Corona Outbreak Fund. Check out the delivery menu for Siena Tavern here, and for Bar Siena here.
My beloved Ukrainian Village favorite, Split-Rail, is offering delivery and pickup orders noon–7:30 p.m. It has nixed phone orders, so you don't need to provide credit card info or use pens; instead, place your order online. All the comfort foods you know and love are here, from fried chicken sandwiches, vegan chicken strips, buttermilk biscuits, and lamb ribs to nachos, matzo ball soup, gumbo, and latkes.
This charming Edgewater wine bar is diving into the takeout game, as well, offering a concise and thoughtful menu of sandwiches, salads, and snacks. The menu includes ham and butter sandwiches on a baguette, grilled broccoli sandwiches with Gruyère, heirloom bean salad, charred beets with black garlic, and sweet potato cake with frosting and meringue.
Both Avli Taverna and Avli River North are offering $25 off catering orders of $200 or more, and throwing in a free bottle of Greek olive oil for delivery orders of $100 or more. Catering orders for Avlia Taverna can be made by calling 773-857-5577 or emailing email@example.com, and delivery is available via GrubHub and Caviar. For Avli River North, catering is available via 312-643-5656 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and delivery is offered through Caviar.
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Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta
One of Chicago’s hallowed pizza institutions is offering free delivery for the rest of March from all of its locations, and adding one free pizza with every four-pack purchased as part of its nationwide shipping program.
Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap
If you need your buffalo wing fix, simply pull up your car in front of Jake Melnick's between noon and 9 p.m. and put your hazard lights on. Call 312-266-0400 to let the restaurant know you've arrived and place your order, then a staffer will come out with it. In addition to the full menu, combo meal options include any soup and sandwich (pulled pork, brisket, turkey Cobb, grilled chicken BLT, and others), or boneless wings and Detroit-style pizza. There's also a free side with the purchase of an order of wings, and the kids' menu includes burger sliders, hot dogs, and chicken tenders. Delivery is available via DoorDash and ChowNow.
Available through DoorDash, look for hearty contemporary American dishes from River Roast to keep you nourished and comforted through all the craziness. Delivery is free on your first DoorDash order, too! Plus, the restaurant is offering a few carryout specials, like a whole roast chicken dinner with potatoes and choice of chopped salad or roasted vegetables; pork shank dinner with potatoes and salad or veggies; and roast beef dinner with potatoes, salad, or veggies.
Flat & Point
This modern, barbecue-inspired smokehouse in Logan Square is keeping things meaty by offering delivery through Caviar and curbside pickup (email email@example.com for orders). Pickup is available seven days a week, noon–8 p.m. When placing an order, be sure to include your phone number and preferred pickup date and time. Check out the menu here, with items like porchetta, meatballs, whole chicken, and vegetarian lasagna. The restaurant has also set up an employee fund via GoFundMe to support its staff as much as possible. Visit here to donate.
The idea of having fondue at home is filling me with warm vibes and positivity. Give it a try by ordering to go from this iconic Lincoln Park institution, which is offering daily delivery noon–8 p.m., with beloved items like Gruyère cheese fondue and Belgian chocolate fondue with all the dippable fixings, plus meat and cheese boards. To view the full menu and place an order, visit here.
This of course is just a sampling of delivery and takeout options in Chicago, as restaurants across the city are going the extra mile to provide clean spaces for people to dine out and socialize safely. Check out this amazing resource, Dining at a Distance, to find more restaurants in your area open for takeout and/or delivery.