By Megan Horst-Hatch

Getting a burger or tucking into a plate of pancakes is easy enough during regular dining hours. But getting something to eat in the middle of the night is another matter. Sure, you could grab a light snack somewhere, but what if you want to eat an actual meal? Whether you keep late hours or want to end a night out on the town with a meal, there are plenty of diners and restaurants in the Chicago area that are open all hours. From classics like waffles and eggs to salads, tacos, and other items, there’s something for just about everyone at these independent diners and restaurants open 24 hours a day.

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Arturo’s Tacos
2001 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 772-4944

After a long night out, you can’t go wrong with a plate of tacos, a giant burrito, or tortas. If your evening out with friends is lasting into the early morning hours, don’t worry, as you can still grab a bite to eat at Arturo’s Tacos. Located in the city’s Bucktown neighborhood, the restaurant offers an assortment of favorites for everyone in your group. The restaurant also offers cocktails and margaritas, while breakfast options include huevos rancheros, machaca con huevo, and chilaquiles. Salads, desserts, and seafood are also on the menu. Arturo’s Tacos is located near a number of bars in the area, and is a short distance from Concord Music Hall.

Huck Finn Restaurant
3414 S. Archer Ave.
Chicago, IL 60608
(773) 247-5515

It’s been a long day and an even longer night, and you’re looking for something to eat long after most restaurants have closed. If you’re in the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago, you can stop in at Huck Finn Restaurant and order breakfast dishes, salads, sandwiches, or ice cream, or keep it simple by ordering one of the restaurant’s famous doughnuts along with a cup of coffee. The restaurant is open 24 hours a day, and also offers carry-out if you’d like to grab a bite to eat while on the go. Huck Finn Restaurant has a second location in Chicago, and a third location in the suburb of Oak Lawn, with restaurant locations listed online.

Omega Restaurant & Bakery
9100 Golf Road
Niles, IL 60714
(847) 296-7777

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The northwest suburbs of Chicago include a number of chain restaurants open 24 hours a day, but if you’re looking for an independent restaurant, consider stopping in at Omega Restaurant & Bakery for a late treat or early breakfast. On the breakfast side, Omega offers favorites that include French toast, waffles, crepes, and skillets. Burgers, gyros, salads, steaks, and plenty of Greek specialties are on the menu for lunch or dinner. Let’s talk baked goods. Omega’s bakery offers cheesecakes, cake rolls, pies, and other baked items. Ice cream creations are also available.

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Tempo Cafe
6 E. Chestnut St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 943-4373

Picture it: It’s the early morning hours, you’re in Chicago’s Near North Side neighborhood, and you want something hearty to eat after a long night out with friends. Whether you’d like a skillet with eggs and vegetables, waffles covered in syrup, or a hamburger, consider making Tempo Cafe part of your plans for the evening. The restaurant is open 24 hours per day and offers a wide selection of food, including breakfast fare, sandwiches, and ice cream. Tempo Cafe is located near a number of famed Chicago landmarks, and is close to several public transportation options,including the Red Line’s Chicago station on State Street.

White Palace Grill
1159 S. Canal St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 939-7167

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Located just a few miles west of Chicago’s Museum Campus, Soldier Field, and other top spots, White Palace Grill has a wide and varied menu for diners stopping by at all hours. Breakfast is served at any time and includes skillets, omelettes, French toast, waffles, and other favorites. The menu also boasts full dinners, including Greek chicken, ribeye steak, and fried catfish, as well as burgers, sandwiches, enchiladas, and an assortment of wraps. White Palace Grill has sister locations throughout Chicago, with addresses and additional details on the diner’s website.

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