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North

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Grizzly's Grill
6416 North Lehigh Avenue (773) 631-1612

Stacks & Steaks
6349 North Clark Street (773) 743-8244

Standee's Snack'n Dine
1133 West Granville Avenue (773) 743-5013

Big Top Restaurant
6348 West Higgins Avenue
Chicago, IL 60630
Comments from a contributor: Great family place... check out their ice cream sundaes, especially the banana royale :)

The Ravenswood
1968 West Lawrence Avenue (773) 561-9010

The Korean Restaurant
2659 West Lawrence (773) 878-2095
also listed as 4748 North Central Avenue

Kenny's Family Restaurant (a.k.a. Kenny's Grill)
Lawrence and Austin
5959 West Lawrence Avenue (773) 202-9505

The Blue Angel
5310 North Milwaukee Avenue (773) 631-8700

Forest Glen Snack Shop
5200 North Elston Avenue (773) 286-2028

Cozy Corner Cafe
5159 North Lincoln Avenue (773) 561-2233

International House of Pancakes (a.k.a. IHOP)
5929 North Lincoln Avenue (773) 769-1550
24 hours Friday and Saturday

Taqueria el Ranchito
Damen at Lawrence
4808 North Damen (773) 275-8934

El Taco Loco
Lawrence at Paulina
1726 West Lawrence (773) 784-1881
translation: The Crazy Taco!!!

Don Quijote Restaurant
4761 North Clark Street (773) 769-5930

Montrose Grill
1026 West Montrose Avenue (773) 525-5641

Jeri's Grill
at the intersection of Western and Montrose
"Bone in Ham" proudly painted on the diner's window

Golden Angel
on Lincoln and Leavitt just south of Montrose
4344 North Lincoln Avenue (773) 583-6969

Arnold's Food and Fountain Service
4001 N. Broadway 773-929-3338

Big Tommy's Gyros
4142 N. Broadway 773-404-0213

Le Sabre
on Montrose at Damen
1969 West Montrose Avenue (773) 549-3269

Two Way Grill
Elston and Montrose (no phone? not listed?)

El Palmar
1008-1/2 West Irving Park Road (773) 404-5969
24 hours Friday and Saturday

Diner Grill
on Irving Park at Paulina
1635 West Irving Park Road (773) 248-2030
featuring the Chili Omelette, the Garbage Omelette, and the Slinger

Little Mike's Family Restaurant
3939 West Irving Park Road (773) 267-8482

Wrigleyville Dogs
3737 North Clark Street (773) 296-1500

Pick Me Up
3408 North Clark Street (773) 248-6613
24 hours Friday and Saturday, Sunday til 5 pm, Monday to Thursday 5 pm to 5 am

Melrose Restaurant
3233 North Broadway (773) 327-2060
5035 North Lincoln Avenue (773) 334-2182

Clarke's Pancake House & Restaurant
930 West Belmont Avenue
2441 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL (773) 472-3505

Arriba Mexico Restaurant
3140 North Lincoln Avenue (773) 281-3939

Golden Apple
on Lincoln Avenue at Southport and Wellington
2971 North Lincoln (773) 528-1413

El Presidente Restaurant
on Ashland at Wrightwood
2558 North Ashland Avenue (773) 525-7938

Sparky's Snack Shop
on Ashland at Melrose (north of Belmont)
"Biscuits and Gravy" proudly painted on the diner's window

Ray's Snack Shop
on Belmont and Damen
Bad food but loads of atmosphere and 99 cent breakfast specials.

K & S Snack Shop
3407 West Belmont Avenue (no phone?)

O'Donnell's Snack Shop
3822 West Belmont Avenue (773) 463-9378

Campeche
3660 North Clark (773) 327-1448
24 hours Saturday and Sunday

Sunshine Restaurant
3521 North Kedzie Avenue (773) 267-1578

Nookies Tree
3334 North Halsted Street (773) 248-9888
24 hours Friday and Saturday

Golden Nugget
2720 North Clark Street (773) 929-0724
3234 West Irving Park (773) 267-1987
4229 West Irving Park (773) 777-7107
1765 West Lawrence Avenue (773) 769-6700

Granny's
501 West Diversey Parkway (773) 348-6626

Taco and Burrito Express
2540 North Halsted Street (773) 929-8867

Clarke's Pancake House & Restaurant
2441 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL (773) 472-3505
930 West Belmont Avenue

Nookies Too
2114 North Halsted Avenue (773) 327-1400
24 hours Friday and Saturday

Mitchell's Original
101 West North Avenue (312) 642-5246
24 hours Friday and Saturday

Mr. Gyros
109 West Division Street (312) 951-5207

Tempo
1 East Chestnut Street (312) 943-4373

Third Coast
1260 North Dearborn Street (312) 649-0730
24 hours Thursday to Saturday

Baba's Place
223 West Hubbard (312) 329-9499

Zaiqa
858 North Orleans

McDonald's
600 North Clark Street (312) 664-7940
The Original Rock 'n' Roll McDonald's.

Cornerstone Market
548 North Wells (312) 755-9540

West

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Mr. K's Family Restaurant
5415 North Harlem Avenue (773) 631-4228
24 hours Friday and Saturday

Golden Nugget
2406 West Diversey Avenue (773) 252-8903
3953 West Diversey Avenue (773) 227-4346

International House of Pancakes (a.k.a. IHOP)
2818 West Diversey Avenue (773) 342-8901

Tacos Garcia
3327 West Armitage Avenue (773) 486-0378
24 hours Friday and Saturday

La Puebla
2658 North Milwaukee Avenue (773) 227-5494

Royal
2401 North Milwaukee Avenue (312) 276-3232

Lazo's Tacos
on Western at Milwaukee and Armitage
2009 North Western Avenue (773) 486-3303

Arturo's Tacos Mexican Food
on Western at Milwaukee and Armitage
2001 North Western Avenue (773) 772-4944

Hollywood Grill and Breakfast House
on Ashland and North
1601 West North Avenue (773) 395-1818

La Cumbamba
2311 West North Avenue (773) 384-9546
24 hours Friday and Saturday, but call ahead before venturing out at 4 am.

Ibis
2509 West North Avenue (773) 278-4433
24 hours Friday and Saturday

Dunkin Donuts
Ashland just north of Milwaukee and Division
(probably a lot more too)
Always open, and sometimes a good place to wait for the bus.

Arandas
Division at Ashland and Milwaukee
1555 West Division St. 773-252-1505
24 hours Friday to Sunday

Birria Huentitan
4019 West North Avenue (773) 276-0768
24 hours Friday to Sunday

Golden Nugget
3001 North Central Avenue (773) 725-5510

City Submarine
3849 West Madison Street (773) 722-1481

Downtown and Near West

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Zorba's House
on Halsted at Jackson
301 South Halsted Street (312) 454-0748
great Greek diner and bar

Greek Town Gyros
on Halsted at Jackson
239 South Halsted Street (312) 236-9310
discount with student i.d.

White Palace Grill
1159 South Canal Street (312) 939-7167

Jim's Hot Dog Stand
1320 South Halsted Street (312) 666-0533
The polish and the pork chop sandwich come highly recommended. This place is a real Chicago institution.

Express Grill
1316 South Halsted Street (312) 738-2112

Maxwell Street Market
1341 South Halsted Street (312) 726-0063

South

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Chela's Restaurant
1316 West 18th Street (312) 666-7710

Don's Humburgers
1837 South Western Avenue

Steak 'n Egger
1174 West Cermak Road (312) 226-5444

Taquerias Atotonilco
3916 West 26th Street (773) 762-3380
24 hours Friday to Sunday (closes at 2 am on Monday)

Maxwell Street Depot
411 West 31st Street (312) 326-3514

Red's Grill
3053 South Kedzie Avenue (773) 247-0084
(convenient to I-55, take Kedzie exit.)
Very cheap, pretty good food. Patronized by corrections officers, cops, and people they probably should be monitoring.

Huck Finn Donuts and Snack Shop
3414 South Archer Avenue (773) 247-5515
4333 S Kedzie Ave Chicago, IL (773) 523-2522
6650 South Pulaski (312) 581-4285

Red's Snack Shop
452 West 39th Street (773)-924-4750

Dox's Place
600 West Pershing Road (773) 927-0350
Across from Kevin's

Kevin's Hamburger Heaven
554 West Pershing Road (773) 268-5748
Across from Dox's

Huck Finn Donuts and Snack Shop
3414 South Archer Avenue (773) 247-5515
4333 S Kedzie Ave Chicago, IL (773) 523-2522
6650 South Pulaski (312) 581-4285

La Fiesta Restaurant
4248 South Archer Avenue (773) 254-4678
"GIANT steak burritos, $2.50. Horchata from heaven and they refill. Police love it. There is a different restaurant 2 doors further south, do not be confused." (chi.eats)

Stockyards Truck Stop
4512 South Halsted Street (773) 927-2550
Aliens run the place and patronize it. Rooms and showers for rent.

Brighton Restaurant
4550 South Pulaski (773) 376-8444
Reader's Comments: dirt cheap prices - great soup, kids meals for like 2 bucks too!

House of Submarine
456 East 47th Street (773) 268-7265

Pak Submarine
233 East 47th Street (773) 624-4155
301 East Garfield Boulevard (773) 363-9725

A-One Submarine
59 East 47th Street (773) 924-3192

Sonja's Submarine
5034 South State Street (312) 538-5723

G & S Drive In Snack Shop
5100 South California Avenue (773) 925-4059

Submarine Port
2759 West 51st Street (773) 737-6634

J.B. Brandy's
(a.k.a. Brandy's, New Brandy's)
5200 South Cicero Avenue (773) 767-0400
Cozy, friendly, huge menu, exciting car audio shop across the road. Brandy's is a short walk north from Midway Airport.

Marzano's Miami Bowl
5023 South Archer Avenue (773) 585-8787

Archstone Inn
5207-5209 South Archer Avenue (773) 284-2325
24 hours Friday and Saturday

Dunkin Donuts
53rd and Kenwood
(probably a lot more too)
So it's a chain and they microwave their egg sandwiches. But they are always open.

Green Light Lounge
5315 South Pulaski (773) 284-9083

Pak Submarine
301 East Garfield Boulevard (773) 363-9725
233 East 47th Street (773) 624-4155

Clown's Snack Shop
5804 South Western Avenue (773) 776-7450

Leo's B.B.Q. Grill
2538 West 59th Street (773) 434-5900

Old Fashioned Hot Dogs
2759 West 59th Street (no phone listed)

El Michoacan Restaurant
3021 West 59th Street (773) 778-9877

Jesse's Place
3304 West 59th Street (no phone listed)

T.J. Michaels
5931 South Kedzie Avenue (773) 776-4100

Georgie Boy Super King
6250 South Western Avenue (773) 476-1050

J & B Submarine
404 East 63rd Street (773) 493-4339

Cornell's Hoagie Shoppe
2500 West 63rd Street (773) 846-2886

Beefway Sub
2506 West 63rd Street (773) 476-8660

Viddles Restaurant
2625 West 63rd Street (773) 737-1111

El Grillo de Oro
2952 West 63rd Street (773) 737-8101

Tacos Villa
3139 West 63rd Street (773) 737-5385

Maravillas Restaurant
3501 West 63rd Street (773) 925-3938

Huck Finn Donuts and Snack Shop
3414 South Archer Avenue (773) 247-5515
4333 S Kedzie Ave Chicago, IL (773) 523-2522
6650 South Pulaski (312) 581-4285

Petie Boys
6900 South Western Avenue (773) 737-1133

Arturo's Mexican Restaurant
7151 South Western Avenue (773) 776-0433

Izola's Restaurant
522 East 79th Street (773) 846-1484
24 hours 6 days a week — closed Wednesday

Star Sub
7900 South Exchange Avenue (773) 731-5006

Queen of the Sea Buffet
8701 South Stony Island Avenue (773) 221-3711

TNT Family Restaurant
8929 South Commercial Avenue 773-768-4153
24 hours Friday to Sunday

Gomez
3003 East 91st Street (773) 375-1023

Phil's Kastle
9232 South Commercial Avenue (773) 734-9591

Expressway 95th
9442 South Lafayette Street (773) 264-0200

J.J. Top Dogs
16 East 95th Street (773) 785-3600

Mexico Chiquito
9648 South Ewing Avenue (773) 978-6262
24 hours Thursday through Saturday

Fielos
10352 South Western Avenue (773) 238-3125
24 hours Friday and Saturday

In and Out
10500 South Michigan Avenue (773) 785-0700

Taste of Chicago
11103-1/2 South Michigan Avenue (773) 785-1374

Suburbia

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Arlington Heights
Denny's Restaurant
17 West Algonquin Road (847) 593-3240

Bridgeview
The View
8930 S Harlem Avenue (708) 599-9101
Reader's Comments: Good Food

Buffalo Grove
International House of Pancakes (a.k.a. IHOP)
51 McHenry Road (847) 537-8631

Cicero
Steak 'n Egger
5556 West 26th Street (708) 652-5422
5838 West 26th Street (708) 652-5522
5647 West Ogden Avenue (708) 656-6745
5601 West Roosevelt Road (708) 656-0888

Countryside
Beef & Brandy

5545 South La Grange Road (708) 352-3600
Just south of 55th Street.

Crystal Lake
Country Donuts

181 Virginia Road (815) 455-2028

Around The Clock Restaurant and Bakery
5011 Northwest Highway (815) 459-2100
24 hours Friday and Saturday

Des Plaines
Denny's Restaurant
851 West Oakton Street (847) 593-7850

Downers Grove
Omega Restaurant

1300 Ogden Ave Downers Grove (630) 963 0300

Elgin
Steak 'n Shake
290 South Randall Road (847) 741-0679

Evanston
International House Of Pancakes

100 Asbury Ave. (847) 328-1450
(opposite Western Avenue, corner Howard Street)

Steak and Shake
2209 Oakton, Evanston 847 424 0111
user comments: Don't know how great it is, but it's open 24 h.

Fairview Heights
Krispy Kreme
5812 North Illinois Street (618) 222-1075
24 hour drive thru? call ahead

Franklin Park
Steak 'n Egger
2448 Mannheim Road (847) 455-6005

Glendale Heights
Steak 'n Shake
275 Army Trail Road (630) 671-0551

Highland Park
Denny's Restaurant
2063 Skokie Valley Road (Rt 41) (847) 433-3870

Hoffman Estates
International House of Pancakes (a.k.a. IHOP)

2250 Barrington Road (847) 885-9508

Spring Garden Restaurant
1000 North Roselle Road, Hoffman Estates (847) 882 4912

Denny's Restaurant
1175 North Roselle Road (847) 885-1969

Steak 'n Shake
1825 Barrington Road (847) 884-1024

Joliet
Steak 'n Shake
201 S. Larkin Ave. 815-725-9401
2675 Plainfield Rd. 815-439-9145

Lake Bluff
Full Moon Restaurant
Hwy 41 (exact address?)
Reader's Comments: 24/7 Full restaurant menu. One of those "Greek" places that do just about everything right. Motorcyclists meet here weekend mornings before they trek out.

Lincolnwood
Whistler's Restaurant
3420 W Devon Ave, Lincolnwood, 847-673-9270

Melrose Park
Harlo Grill
North Ave just East of 25th 708-344-8353
Reader's Comments: Been there 50 years. Closed 11/03 and refurbished with change of owners. Reopened 1/04. Low prices! Great burgers! Chili! Standard Grill menu.

Mokena
Denny's Restaurant
19099 South Old La Grange Road (708) 479-6488

Morris
R-Place Family Eatery

21 Romines Drive (815) 942-3690

Naperville
Steak 'n Shake
1620 North State Route 59 (630) 428-3838

Niles
Omega

9100 Golf Road (847) 296-7777

Melrose Restaurant
7201 North Caldwell Avenue (847) 588-1500

North Riverside
Steak N Egg-Cetera

9265 West Cermak Road (708) 442-9265

Oak Lawn
Les Brothers Restaurant
8705 Ridgeland Avenue (708) 599-7990
Reader's Comments: dinner specials 24 hrs

Orland Park
International House of Pancakes (a.k.a. IHOP)

14860 S. LaGrange Road (708) 873-0760
near Orland Square

Denny's Restaurant
20 Orland Square Drive (708) 349-7727

Palatine
Denny's
975 East Dundee Road (847) 991-0370

Rolling Meadows
Denny's Restaurant
2905 West Algonquin Road (847) 394-0060

Schaumburg
Denny's Restaurant
1175 North Roselle Road (847) 885-1969

Schererville
Steak 'n Shake
312 US Highway 41 (219) 322-2563

Skokie
Jack's Restaurant

5201 West Touhy Avenue (847) 674-5532
user comment: No longer 24 hours, the owner had to change it because business decreased markedly during the overnight hours due to the new non-smoking law in Skokie. Unfortunately, I don't know what the hours are now. Damn shame, this was an institution since 1972.

Summit
Krispy Kreme
5640 South Harlem Avenue (708) 728-0500
24 hour drive-thru.

Willmington
River Restaurant & Truck Stop

24001 Lorenzo Road (815) 476-6177


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