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nickwin Aug 3, 2009 12:41 PM

I am going to be in Chicago Aug 7-10th for Lollapalooza and am looking for some recommendations for late night (after 11pm) eating. I am going to be staying at the Blackstone Renaissance on Michigan and Harrison. Anything within walking distance to that hotel, or that will deliver there would be great.

also, If you now of any "must go to" restaurants that are in that area, let me know!


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    jbw Aug 3, 2009 01:14 PM

    You can get food almost every nite after 11:00 at Mercat a la Planxa (sometimes only at the bar, tho) in your hotel, also one of the better restaurant options in the area. Hackney's serves one of the better hamburgers (and the like) in the area till 11:30 F & Sat:


    For more general options search "South Loop" and "Grant Park"

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    1. re: jbw
      nickwin Aug 3, 2009 05:05 PM

      Thanks for the recommendations jbw, can you think of anything offhand that will deliver to that area even later? say 1-2 am?

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      ms. chow Aug 3, 2009 08:20 PM

      Another great option is The Gage if you are in the mood for a gastropub. It's quieter at that time and the place takes on a more relaxed vibe.

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        JB222 Aug 4, 2009 01:36 PM

        There is a Lou Malnati's on State Street that is open until midnight on Friday and Saturday. Their web site says they deliver until 11 on those nights as well. I'm staying at the Blackstone as well and was looking for similar information. Trying to find a cab after Lolla is absolutely impossible. I was thinking about trying to take the train to Avec one night too, but we shall see...

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        1. re: JB222
          ms. chow Aug 4, 2009 01:46 PM

          Re Avec. It would be tricky to get from the Blackstone to Avec either by bus or el. It is about 1.5, 2 miles, so if it's a nice night, walking might be an option.

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          nickwin Aug 4, 2009 05:58 PM

          Thanks for the input everybody! So, no one can think of anywhere off hand that will deliver past 12 o'clock? (pizza, or anything else). Last year I stayed at the Palmer Hilton, and we missed dinner one night and were reduced to eating at the Dunkin Donuts across the street at 1 in the morning. I would like to avoid doing that again if at all possible. (I know this could be avoided by just eating earlier, but sometimes it just doesnt work out)

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          1. re: nickwin
            ms. chow Aug 5, 2009 01:42 PM

            Chicago is not really a late night dining town. Delivery at that hour might have to be relegated to Domino's or such. I would suggest going to late night places instead.

            I know The Gage has tavern license, so they are open until 2 on Fri and 3 on Sat. Not sure though what time kitchen closes. It is across the street from Millenium Park.

            Avec is a great option and kitchen opens until 1. You might have to walk a few blocks more away from the crowd to get a cab, but well worth it.

            Bin 36 (the Tavern, not the restaurant) is open until 1. So is Quartino. Bar at Quartino is open until 2,and you can get pizza at the bar.

            Rockit i think the kitchen closes at 1:30 or 2. Not necessarily high on my list, but it's decent bar food.

            Avec Restaurant
            615 W Randolph St Ste A, Chicago, IL 60661

            626 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60654

            The Gage
            24 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

            Bin 36
            339 N. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60610

            Rockit Bar & Grill-Wrigleyville
            3700 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60613

            1. re: ms. chow
              nickwin Aug 6, 2009 03:44 PM

              Very helpfull. thank you

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            nickwin Aug 12, 2009 09:53 AM

            Thanks to everyone who gave suggestions, it was very helpful. I ended up going to Hackneys late Friday night. It was only a short walk from the hotel and worked out very well. I had a great burger, an awesome beer, and the onion loaf was HUGE! (Service was great as well) We got lunch at Flacos Tocos the next day and I got a delicious Torta sandwich and some great guacamole. On Sunday we just walked a little bit and found a place called Epic Burger for lunch. I am not usually the type of person who goes out of the way to eat "green" or all organic, but I cant deny that the epic burger was very delicious. So all in all, it was a great trip, and we ate some great food on a small budget.


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