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Order These Takeout and Delivery Dishes in Chicago Right Now

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While you’re not able to dine at Chicago’s best restaurants right now, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a quality restaurant meal. Sure, COVID-19 is keeping us at home, but some of our city's best breakfasts, lunches, dinners, drinks, and desserts are still available in the comfort and safety of your home, and many typically aren't offered for takeout and delivery. With more restaurants opening back up each day, here are some of the best dishes and drinks to try while supporting independent restaurants around Chicago. Note that offerings are changing frequently, so be sure to check out each restaurant’s website or social media for the latest updates.

Calabrian Pork Ragu from Monteverde

After a brief hiatus, Chicago favorite, Monteverde, is up and running with a to-go-only operation. Plentiful pastas like the fusilli with pork ragù, basil, pecorino Romano, and wild oregano can be yours at home, and are available in both small and large portions.
Cost: $20 for small (serves 1), $40 for large (serves 2-3), available for curbside pickup Thursday-Sunday.

Argentinian Meal from Gadabout

This Andersonville spot is known for its global street food eats and launched a new takeout option focused on a different country each week. First up is Argentina with dishes like grilled chicken thighs with burnt orange salmuera, parsley, and spring onion chili, and a coffee and dulce de leche chocolate cake. Future menus will feature cuisine from Korea, Greece, India, Jamaica, and Ethiopia.
Cost: $40 for two. Additional dishes are available to add on for $8 and $10 each week. Rotating cocktail kits for two ($17) and 10 ($60) are also available. Online ordering will be available soon for takeout Thursdays-Saturdays from 3-9pm.

Brunch Box from Saint Lou’s Assembly

Kick up your Sunday brunch game with a box of sweet and savory brunch dishes from this West Loop hangout. Classic brunch dishes like avocado toast with pickled ramps and banana bread with dulce de leche and toasted pecans round out the menu, plus you can add on a boozy drink or two. To-go beverages include mimosa, bloody mary, or bellini kits, plus frose. 
Cost: Brunch kits $30 for two, $56 for four. Drinks range from $12-26. Pre-order your brunch box by Saturday with pickup on Sundays from 9am-1pm.

Single Cheeseburger from Au Cheval

You probably never expected to see the day when Au Cheval burgers were available via takeout or delivery. No more waiting hours upon hours for the classic double patty cheeseburger with dijonnaise, onions, and pickles.
Cost: $13.95

15th Anniversary Experience from Alinea

Michelin-starred Alinea Group is offering several rotating takeout options from its restaurants, but its namesake is celebrating 15 years with a special to-go experience complete with instructions from Chef Grant Achatz. For a fraction of the dine-in price you can enjoy a six-course Alinea meal at home. The tasting menu includes a spicy gulf prawn with Thai curry sauce, “rootbeer” braised beef short rib with vanilla-scented potatoes, and, in a nod to the traditional Alinea experience, a dessert course painted on your table. Don’t worry, your meal includes an acetate sheet to protect your furniture.
Cost: $49.95 per person. Pre-order via Tock.

Margherita Pizza from Spacca Napoli

This is not your typical pizza delivery. Spacca Napoli’s famous pies are now available via a limited menu and rotating specials. Keep it simple with the margherita Neapolitan pizza with San Marzano tomatoes, fior di latte cheese, basil, and pecorino.
Cost: $15, available via takeout or delivery

IDGAF Meal from Maple & Ash

Who says you can’t have a steakhouse experience at home? Modern steakhouse Maple & Ash is offering its classic IDGAF menu for pick up including black truffle agnolotti, Maine lobster & Alaskan king crab thermidor, roasted filet mignon, plus salads, sides and blueberry and vanilla cake for dessert.
Cost: $60 per person, click here or call 312.944.8888 to order for pick up Thursday-Saturday.

Three- or Four-course Dinner from RPM Seafood

One of the biggest openings of the year, RPM Seafood, is back with a three- and four-course carryout menu loaded with signature dishes and desserts like cheese-baked focaccia, spicy miso black cod, and peanut butter pie. Tack on a bottle of wine or a cocktail kit to make it a true date night at home. 
Cost: $75 for three courses, $95 for four courses. Order online.

Family Style Meal from Crab Cellar

Craving an indulgent family spread? Crab Cellar’s family-style dinner which includes steamed Alaskan king crab legs, prime burgers, hush puppies with jalapeño crema, mac & cheese, fries, coleslaw, roasted broccoli, and slices of signature coconut cake.
Cost: $199 for 4 or $109 for 2, plus tax and gratuity. Available for delivery and carryout with curbside pick-up (call 773-248-1737 to order and arrange a pick-up time).

Spicy Rice Cakes from the Hanbun Pop-Up

While it shuttered in 2018, well-known Korean food stall Hanbun is popping up each weekend at Jeong. You’ll have to pre-order your meal with orders going live on Mondays at 9am until they’re sold out. Try the Spicy Rice Cakes with pickled carrots, chili sauce, scallions, and toasted sesame seeds.
Cost: $11, pre-order for pick-up on Fridays and Saturdays from 4-5:30pm.

Build Your Own Tacos from Frontera Grill

Now’s the chance to try Frontera Grill’s classic dishes from famed Chef Rick Bayless at home. We love the tacos with your choice of wood-grilled skirt steak, portabella mushrooms, chicken or duck breast, served with handmade tortillas, roasted poblano rajas, black beans, and two salsas.
Cost: $20, offered 11am-9pm Tuesday-Saturday for carry out or delivery. Head to xocotogo.com to start your order.

Turtle Sundae from Margie’s Candies

A little sweet treat pick-me-up can be yours from classic Chicago shop, Margie’s Candies. All ice cream and sweets are available for takeout daily from 12-9pm. We recommend the classic Turtle Sundae with two scoops of homemade French vanilla ice cream, nuts, whipped cream, cherry, and housemade caramel and hot fudge. Sure, it doesn’t come in a takeout clam shell, but you can at least enjoy it from the comfort of your couch.
Cost: $5.75

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Uber Eats

Your brunch, dinner, and late-night cravings haven’t changed just because you’re staying safe indoors. Fortunately you can still get all of your favorite dishes delivered right to your door, while also supporting the restaurant industry that has given you so many meals and memories. Uber Eats is making it possible for you to give directly to your favorite restaurants at checkout, and 100% of contributions go directly to the restaurants. You can also eat, save, and support local restaurants with a one-month free trial of their Eats Pass. Uber will give $1 to the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund for every new Eats Pass subscriber. See app for details.

Four-pack of Beer from Moody Tongue

Stock up on a four-pack or growler of local brews from the culinary brewpub, which offers pick up and delivery of its beer. Our favorites include the Peeled Grapefruit Pilsner and Steeped Emperor’s Lemon Saison, but specialty barrel-aged beers are also available like the Bourbon Barrel Aged 12 Layer Cake Imperial Stout. This week will see the launch of a Burnt Honey Amber Ale, just in time for warmer weather.
Cost: $9-30 for four-packs, $13-33 for growlers (plus $5 for a new growler). For curbside pickup, submit orders via contact@moodytongue.com. Delivery is available via Caviar.

Dinner and a Board Game from Chicago Board Game Cafe

If your quarantine situation has you playing the “bored” game, check out Chicago Board Game Cafe’s dinner and a board game package. Select from a set meal like the Bun Ga rice noodles, with crispy chicken, coconut, and pickled vegetables and a board game like Hanabi, Decrypto, or Nine Tiles Panic. Your purchase comes with a free board game lesson too. (While you're at it, check out our roundup of board games you'll actually love.)
Cost: Starts at $49.99 for dinner for two and a game -- price varies based on meal and game selection.

Dinner for Two from Temporis

The Michelin-starred restaurant is offering a casual meal for two including a baby kale salad, short ribs with cheddar grits and brownies. Items can also be ordered a la carte, and you have the option to add a bottle of staff-favorite wine.
Cost: $70 (an additional $30 for a bottle of wine). Place your order via Tock, Caviar or by calling 773.697.4961 from 4pm to 9pm Tuesday through Saturday to pre-order. Delivery is also available via Caviar.

Hummus and Salatim from Galit

Galit is typically one of the toughest reservations in town, but they’re offering a daily rotating selection of their most popular dishes for takeout. Galit fans and newbies alike will enjoy the ultra-smooth hummus paired with coal-fired pita, plus veggies like cipollini onions and pickles, and labneh with sesame and sumac. Crispy falafel and a braised beef shank are other fantastic add-ons. Bottles of wine and beer are also available to round out your meal.
Cost: $9 for hummus, $22 for salatim. Orders can be placed online and curbside pickup is available from 3-8pm Tuesday-Saturday.

Brisket Platter Meal from Smoque BBQ

Order curbside pickup or delivery from the low and slow BBQ masters at Smoque. The famous brisket can be yours sliced or chopped and paired with a side like slaw, cornbread, beans, or mac and cheese.
Cost: $16.25, call 773-545-7427 or place a pickup or delivery order online after 11am Tuesday-Sunday.

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Brass Burger from Brass Heart

Michelin-starred Chef Matt Kerney and the team behind Uptown’s Brass Heart launched a casual delivery menu including a hearty burger. The Brass Burger is loaded with Hooks two year cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion, and garlic aioli on a housemade bun, and is served with housemade potato chips. Other elevated casual fare including a fried chicken sandwich is also available.
Cost: $15, call the restaurant at (773) 564-9680 or order via Grubhub.

Naoki Style Rainbow Roll from Naoki Sushi

While Naoki Sushi shut down in December, it’s re-emerging as a limited time delivery-only restaurant. Classics like the Rainbow Roll with tuna, salmon, shrimp, cucumber, and avocado are on the menu for you to mix and match with other maki, sashimi, and nigiri, or opt for the dinner for two with miso soup, two types of nigiri and two types of maki.
Cost: $18 for Rainbow Roll, $49 for dinner for two. Order via Grubhub or call 312-428-3548.

Housemade Pasta from Gibson’s Italia

Gibson’s Italia is another typically-tough reservation to score, but now you can indulge in housemade pastas, seafood, steaks, and more, for takeout or delivery. Try the gold-extruded Fusilli with beef and onion sugo, Pecorino Romano, and Parmigiano Reggiano.
Cost: $19, order pickup or delivery.

Chocolate Cream Pie from Bavette’s

If you’ve been thinking about a meal from Bavette’s, you’re in luck as they’re offering takeout every Wednesday-Sunday. While the menu is streamlined, you’ll still find your favorite Bavette’s dishes including the Smoked Salmon Caesar Salad, Dry Aged Burger, and the rich Chocolate Cream Pie with Oreo crust. Sharing is optional. 
Cost: $12.95, available for curbside pick up or delivery daily from 4:30pm-8:30pm.

Bloody Mary Kit from Bar Biscay

West Town’s Bar Biscay has pivoted toward grocery delivery as “Bodega Biscay,” offering wine, beer, produce, prepared meals, and more. In the mood for weekend brunch at home? Kick things off with Bar Biscay’s Bloody Mary Kit with vodka, Bloody Mary mix, two limes, a half pint of olives, and a half pint of Spanish sport peppers.
Cost: $48.55.

Tonkatsu Bowl at High Five Ramen

Since spring weather hasn’t come around in Chicago yet, it’s a great time to order a bowl of High Five’s signature ramen. Get a bowl of Tonkatsu Ramen with sliced pork belly, ramen noodles, seasoned egg, black garlic oil, bean sprouts, and fresh scallions for pick up or delivery.
Cost: $16.95, available for pick up and delivery.

Light & Fluffy Lemon Pancakes from Beatrix

Looking for a mid-week breakfast boost? Beatrix offers their staple breakfast items for carryout and delivery from its Streeterville location. Try the signature Light & Fluffy Lemon Pancakes with blackberries and lemon syrup. Go ahead and tack on a slice of the mind blowing Oh My! Caramel Pie, we won’t judge.
Cost: $12.50 for pancakes, $7.95 for a slice of pie, available for carryout or delivery.

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Amanda Topper is a contributor for Thrillist.