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5 of the Best Spots to Grab Lunch in Chicago

Chicago has no shortage of fantastic restaurants that cater to the lunch crowd. With so many tantalizing options, the decision on where to grab lunch in Chicago isn’t an easy one. Here are five of the best eateries to visit when you want to upgrade your midday meal, whether you’re craving smoked meats or crispy falafel. 

Smoque BBQ

If it’s smoked meats and delicious sides you’re craving for lunch in Chicago, look no further than Smoque BBQ. The meats span several regional styles including St. Louis ribs with a dry rub, traditional baby back ribs, and Texas brisket. Visit the original shop in Irving Park or stop by the convenient Revival Food Hall to satisfy your inner carnivore.


When you’re hankering for falafel and other Middle Eastern food, Sultan’s Market is a popular spot for affordable and delicious lunch options. Grab a chicken shawarma pita or falafel sandwich, a side of rice and lentils or curry rice, and pick your spice level. Everything at the salad bar is priced by the pound, so pile up your favorite veggies and settle in for a healthy and satisfying lunch in Chicago. 

Superdawg Drive-In

Treat yourself to a nostalgic midday meal at Superdawg Drive-In. Stay in your vehicle as the car hops deliver old-fashioned favorites like all-beef hot dogs, crinkle fries and malts right to your car window. You can even walk up to place your order at the window if you’re traveling by foot or bike!

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Tempesta Market

Sometimes, all you want for lunch is a giant sandwich piled high with delicious meats, cheeses, and veggies. For that, Tempesta Market has you covered with its menu of artisanal sandwiches. The West Town deli is run by a father-son team who constantly cook up creative and delicious offerings. One must-try menu item is the Dante, an Italian sub packed with six layers of house-cured meats and ‘nduja aioli on a baguette. Delish!

Carnitas Uruapan

Spice up your next lunch in Chicago with a stop at Carnitas Uruapan. The Chicago taqueria serves crispy, tender carnitas. Select which cuts of meat you want, from ribs and shoulder to skin and belly.  If you don’t know what to order, try the surtida, a sampler platter of all the cuts served with salsa, tortillas and all the fixings. Order by the pound or ask for the lunch special, which includes a half-pound of meat, chicharrones, refried beans, a taco dorado, and a drink.

Where do you like to grab lunch in Chicago? If we missed one of your favorite lunch spots, we hope you’ll let us know! And if you’re looking for short-term corporate housing or a home-away-from-home in Chicago, we’d love to show you around our community. You can also schedule a tour online or give us a call at 312-787-8080.

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