Chicago Restaurants Open 24 Hours

Christmas morning, an hour before sunrise, the snow is gusting, the wind is whistling, and you find yourself walking the deserted streets of Chicago craving something caloric and greasy. How you got here is nobody’s business. The only question is: are there any restaurants open 24 hours near me?  If only you had a guide to Chicago’s 24/7/365 restaurants.

Enter Domu!  Today, your favorite Chicago apartments site is pleased to offer the renters of our beloved city a list of Chicago restaurants open 24 hours.  Whether it be Thanksgiving, Christmas or Festivus, we have found at least three dozen local eateries that are open and ready to serve hot food any time of the day, any day of the week, every week of the year. These always-open restaurants are scattered across 26 Chicago neighborhoods, from Ghareeb Nawaz in West Ridge to Captain Hook’s Fish & Chicken in Chatham to the Americana Submarine Shop across the street from the Metropolitan Correctional Center.

We don't rate or endorse restaurants (although the burrito con huevos y chorizo at El Presidente is oustanding) and we don’t guarantee hours of operation. Keep in mind these are largely mom-and-pop restaurants with hours of operation always subject to change.

We should point out that all of the restaurants featured on our list offer table service. Restaurants open 24 hours and 365 days solely by virtue of late-night drive-thru’s have been omitted because drive-thru’s don’t count. Nor do hot dogs and reheated pizza at 7-11.

The Golden Nugget Pancake House, with six locations, rules the late-night diner kingdom, while Subway, with three locations open 24 hours, is the only fast-food franchise on the list of 24/7/365 restaurants.  Meanwhile, the White Palace Grill gets special mention for being more than a half-century old, making them members of Domu’s vintage restaurant club, too.

With the notion that “close” counts in horseshoes, hand-grenades, and late-night eats, we would be remiss not to mention that Chicago also boasts at least 41 dining establishments that describe themselves as “open 24 hours,” but which are actually closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, or, in the case of Jeri’s Grill in Ravenswood, one random February Day for deep cleaning.  So rather than 86’ing these usually reliable options, we’ve included them on a list of “honorable mentions,” otherwise known as “24/7/363.”  But 363 is as low as we go.  Restaurants closed more than two days a year fail to rate.

24-hour restaurants in Chicago come and go faster than midnight gyros, so please let us know if we’ve omitted anything from our survey. We want our Chicago apartment dwelling customers to know as much as possible about their Chicago neighborhoods! And next time you see us walking the streets early on Christmas morning, flag us down for some greasy-spoon victuals. Our treat!

Chicago Restaurants Open 24 Hours That Never Close (24/7/365)
Americana Submarine 400 S Clark Street Loop
Arturo's Tacos 2001 N Western Avenue Bucktown
Au Bon Pain 251 E Huron Street Streeterville
Brickhouse Cafe 3152 W Irving Park Road Irving Park
Captain Hook's Fish & Chicken 8550 S Cottage Grove Avenue Chatham
Chavas Tacos 2333 W Grand Ave Noble Square
Diner Grill 1635 W Irving Park Road Graceland West
El Presidente Restaurant 2558 N Ashland Avenue Lincoln Park
Express Grill 1260 S Union Avenue South Loop
Ghareeb Nawaz 2032 W Devon Avenue West Ridge
Golden Apple Restaurant 2971 N Lincoln Avenue Lakeview
Golden Nugget Pancake House 2406 W Diversey Parkway Avondale
Golden Nugget Pancake House 3001 N Central Avenue Belmont Cragin
Golden Nugget Pancake House 3234 W Irving Park Road Irving Park
Golden Nugget Pancake House 3959 W Diversey Parkway Logan Square
Golden Nugget Pancake House 4229 W Irving Park Road Old Irving Park
Golden Nugget Pancake Souse 1765 W Lawrence Avenue Ravenswood
Griddle 24 334 W Chicago Ave River North
Hollywood Grill 1601 W North Avenue Wicker Park
International House of Pancakes 4210 N Cicero Avenue Portage Park
Jim's Original Hot Dog 1250 S Union Avenue South Loop
Kevin's Hamburger Heaven 544 W Pershing Road Bridgeport
Lazo's Tacos 2009 N Western Avenue Bucktown
Markello's Baking Company 3520 W Lawrence Avenue Albany Park
Maxwell Street Depot 411 W 31st Street Bridgeport
Shibam Restaurant 4807 N Elston Avenue Albany Park
Steak 'n' Egger 1174 W Cermak Road Pilsen
Subway 753 W 31st Street Bridgeport
Subway 511 N McClurg Court Streeterville
Subway 1958 W Chicago Avenue Ukrainian Village
Taco Burrito King 5509 N Harlem Avenue Norwood Park
Tempo Café 6 E Chestnut Gold Coast
Three Happiness 209 W Cermak Rd South Loop
White Palace Grill 1159 S Canal Street South Loop
Chicago Restaurants Open 24 hours and 7/363 (Honorable Mentions)
Belmont Snack Shop 3407 W Belmont Avenue Avondale
Chi Cafe 2160 S Archer Avenue Chinatown
Dat Donut 8251 S Cottage Grove Avenue Chatham
Don's Humburgers Grill 1837 S Western Avenue Pilsen
El Gallo Bravo 3714 W Lawrence Avenue Albany Park
G&N The King of Breakfast 5100 W North Avenue Austin
Hamburger Heaven Express 3001 S Archer Avenue Bridgeport
Huck Finn Restaurant 3414 S Archer Avenue McKinley Park
Huck Finn Restaurant 6650 S Pulaski Road West Lawn
Huddle House 4748 N Kimball Avenue Albany Park
International House of Pancakes 2818 W Diversey Parkway Avondale
International House of Pancakes 3760 N Halsted Street Lakeview
Jeri's Grill 4357 N Western Avenue Ravenswood
Lawrence's Fisheries 2120 S Canal Street Chinatown
Lindo Guadalajara 4761 N Clark Street Sheridan Park
McDonald's 1951 N Western Avenue Bucktown
McDonald's 4158 S Ashland Avenue Back of the Yards
Mr Gyros & Mrs. Pizza 109 W Division Street Gold Coast
Pakeeza Restaurant 1011 N Orleans Street Old Town
Susie's Drive-In 4126 W Montrose Avenue Mayfair
Tabaq Restaurant 1245 N Clybourn Avenue Old Town
Taco & Burrito Express 2540 N Halsted Street Lincoln Park
Taquerias Atotonilco 3916 W 26th Street Little Village
Thaly's Restaurant 3156 N Austin Avenue Belmont Cragin
White Castle 11050 S Halsted Morgan Park
White Castle 1400 W 79th Street Auburn Gresham
White Castle 1550 E 79th Street Auburn Gresham
White Castle 2140 S Wabash Avenue South Loop
White Castle 3132 N Harlem Avenue Dunning
White Castle 3205 S Ashland McKinley Park
White Castle 3212 W Addison Irving Park
White Castle 3457 S King Drive Bronzeville
White Castle 4750 W 63rd Street Clearing
White Castle 5618 W North Avenue Austin
White Castle 7550 N Harlem Avenue Edison Park
White Castle 6901 S Western Avenue Chicago Lawn
Zombie Taco 530 N LaSalle Drive River North