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Dec 16, 2010 11:44 AM

Magnificent Mile Late Night?

Girlfriend and I are arriving in Chicago late tomorrow (Friday) night and heading to our hotel in the Magnificent Mile area. I expect we'll both be starving. I'm wondering if the board has any ideas for good late-night eats in the area. And I mean late -- like 1am or after. At that hour, and after travel, we probably won't have the energy for a long trip.

I'm aware of the Purple Pig, and am hoping that works out. But according to their website the kitchen closes at 1am, and that's going to be cutting it close for us.

Thanks in advance for the help. I promise to repay the favor if anyone needs good spots in Los Angeles.

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  1. Avec might be another possbility. It would be a quick cab ride and worth it!

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

    1. Steaks: Smith & Wollensky in Marina City (the "corn cob buildings") is open till 1:30 a.m. and will first seat you as late as 1:00. Chicago Cut Steakhouse will seat you as late as 2:00.

      Mexican: Mercadito will seat you as late as 2:00.

      Italian "small plates": At Quartino the kitchen is open till 1:00 (I know, this means it might not work for you) and the bar is open till 2:00.

      Tapas: Cafe Iberico is open till 1:30.

      American/Burgers/Comfort Food: Rockit is open till 1:30. Eatt is open till 2:00.

      Diner cuisine: Tempo Cafe is open 24 hours.

      All of the above options are within a short walk of the Mag Mile. (Avec, mentioned above, is not, and the kitchen at Avec closes at 1:00.)

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      1. re: nsxtasy

        I just saw Bijan's Bistro mentioned in the Tribune. The kitchen is open till 3:00, and it's walking distance too. American food. Their website at appears to be down, but you can view the menu at

        1. re: nsxtasy

          Thanks much. Bijan's seems like a great option if we can't make it to the Purple Pig in time. Much appreciated.

          663 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654

          1. re: nsxtasy

            Bijan has great food and reasonable price. Tempo is horrible. Way overpriced and the food sucks.

            663 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654

            1. re: feysul

              So right about Tempo. I had an extraordinarily mediocre lunch there earlier this week with people who live in the neighborhood. No reason whatsoever to ever go back.

              1. re: chicgail

                It's open 24 hours, which not many places are. And it's an option for diner food in that location - maybe not a great one, but it's there.

                1. re: nsxtasy

                  Ok. The next time I am hungry at 3 am, I'll consider it. :>)

                  1. re: chicgail

                    You would be better off at Maxwell Street. You can get a cab there and back and it would be cheaper than the rip off tempo. That place takes advantage that everyone has no place to go

                    1. re: feysul

                      kwwping with the Q? any good chicago style pizza place that opens late, (after 1 am ?)

                      1. re: feysul

                        @feysul: If you're going to cab it you could also go to White Palace Grill at Roosevelt & Canal...

                        White Palace Grill
                        1159 S Canal St, Chicago, IL 60607

                        1. re: huiray

                          Thanks!! Great place!! also i think Melrose Diner on Belmont is good too and is open late.

                          Melrose Restaurant
                          3233 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657

                          1. re: feysul

                            You mean on Broadway just north of Belmont Avenue. Yes, it's a decent place too. I've had, uh, "early breakfasts" or "reallly late suppers" there after, uh, extensive drinking on Halsted. :-)

                      2. re: chicgail

                        @chicgail: There's also Eggsperience in the area on W Ontario, if you want some eggy stuff at 3 am... (there's also a few meat-related offerings)

                        35 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654

                        1. re: huiray

                          Thanks huiray, but I rarely eat at 3 am. I know some people do, but I can't remember the last time for me.

                2. re: nsxtasy

                  had dinner at bijan bistro last night. walked in and we were seated right away. the place was about 75% full. service was good/prompt. we did not have a bad tempo experience.

                  two ordered the whotefish in a lemon capoer sauce with roasted potatoes and asparagus. i tried the whitefish and it was good.

                  one ordered the mac & cheese with applewood bacon. tried that, too, and it was good. maybe a bit too rich for me to eat and entire serving.

                  i had a caesar with chicken. the salad was good but the chicken was a bit well done.

                  four meals, two beers, and two iced teas was ~$70 plus tip.

                  liked it and would go back.

              2. For deep-dish pizza, the new Lou Malnati's at State and Rush is open till midnight during the week, 2 a.m. on weekends. Pizano's on State is open till 2 six days a week, till 3 on Saturday nights.

                Pizano's Pizza & Pasta
                864 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610

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                1. re: nsxtasy

                  Thanks, nsxtasy - I might need that late night pizza in May when I come for the NRA show! I'm going to G&TG any suggestions - I know the menu is seasonal but for Spring is there anything you could suggest?

                  1. re: manomin

                    nsxtasy has said he doesn't like G&TG. S/he's pretty much a crowd of one on that.

                    Nothing we had there was bad. I thought the pig's face was amazing (no, it's not a whole pig's face) and all the veggie dishes we had were memorable. Haven't tried the actual goat there, but if you're up for it, it's the place to go for it.