Sean Cooley 
Flickr/Robyn Lee
Mike Gerbert
Facebook/Cocoa + Co
Facebook/Pub Royale
John Philp
LDV Hospitality
El Carrito
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1. Insomnia Cookies 6470 N Sheridan Rd , Chicago, IL 60626

A cult favorite late-night cookie shop located in Chicago's Roger's Park area, Insomnia erves up a collection a of cookies, brownies, and frozen desserts. The Triple Chocolate Chunk cookie is a fan favorite.

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2. Luke’s Lobster 134 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60602

Based in New York, Luke's Lobster is a fast-casual seafood shack chain that pays homage to founder Luke Holden's home state speciality: Maine lobster rolls. Though the butter-and-mayo-coated lobster rolls are the house speciality, the menu also features crab and shrimp rolls plus extras like clam chowder and grilled cheese. Like the rest of Luke's outposts, the Loop location is counter-serve with a few tables and window seating.

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3. Honey 1 BBQ 746 E 43rd St, Chicago, IL 60653

This no-nonsense barbecue joint has cafeteria-style seating and lean, juicy rib tips to kill for. Honey 1 offers a bounty of saucy, smoked meats and veggie-based (not to be mistaken for “low-calorie”) sides. Restaurant goers get a view of the glassed-in, hickory-burning smoker and can enjoy a full slab of fall-off-the-bone ribs. Their slogan is "Real Smoke...No Joke," and once you get within a block of this place you'll instantly realize why.

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4. Cocoa + Co 1651 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60614

Serving up baked goods, La Colombe coffee, drinking chocolates, and more, this one-stop-shop for chocolate-y provisions claims to have “Chicago’s largest collection of gourmet chocolate products.”

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5. Pub Royale 2049 W Division, Chicago, IL 60622

This Anglo-Indian pub in Wicker Park serves Indian-inspired comfort food like salt cod samosas, palak paneer, and coconut curry mussels in an eclectic space decorated with taxidermy and colorful masks. The beer-driven menu features a well-curated mix of American IPAs, German Pilsners, and ciders -- both bottled and on tap. Though spicy, savory plates are the obvious choice at Pub Royale, don't overlook the chai dulce de leche doughnuts -- or the burger.

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6. Expat 118 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607

Littered with café lights, cheerful yellow flags and plenty of flora, this sidewalk-only café is an alfresco oasis. In keeping with the space’s seasonal theme, the café serves three varieties of boozy sno cones, oysters by the half and full dozen, refreshing salads and veggies, and an impressive selection of crudo.

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7. Dolce Italian 127 W Huron at LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60654

The third location -- and first in the Midwest -- of New York-based LDV Hospitality's modern Italian restaurant adds a touch of casual elegance to the ground floor of The Godfrey Hotel in River North. The upscale traditional menu features a range of Italian classics like Neapolitan pizzas and the house signature veal Milanese. In true hotel restaurant format, Dolce Italian (the decor is inspired by La Dolce Vita and Fellini's Rome) serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. As for drinks, expect traditional cocktails with a twist, like the strawberry cucumber Moscow Mule.

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8. Barcocina 2901 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

The Chicago outpost of this Baltimore-based Mexican-inspired concept arrives with an airy, wood-accented space flooded with natural light and rigged with ample patio space. The menu includes plenty of favorites from the original spot, like cheeseburger tacos and lobster guacamole, as well as some brand new and thematically on-point dishes spanning from pork belly rebocado and lamb French dip tacos to an array of spicy, smoky, and sweet cocktails prime for all-day-sipping in the sunshine.

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9. El Carrito 6019 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60659

This restaurant serves up no-frills, made-to-order Mexican street food. The menu includes carne asada tacos, chicken flautas, elotes in a cup, and you-gotta’-try-‘em thick-cut mole fries.

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10. Q-Tine 2339 Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

At Q-Tine, Memphis-style BBQ and Montreal's gravy-drenched magnum opus collide. It's a late-night (open 'til 4a Thursdays-Saturdays and 2a the rest of the week!) junk food sanctuary on Milwaukee. In addition to various gut-busting takes on the eponymous mashup, you can score deep-fried Snickers bars, Mai Tai slushies, corn dog-esque "Q-dogs," and more at the airstream-turned-ordering-counter.