236 "Casual Weeknight Dinner" restaurants in Chicago.
A good casual weeknight dinner spot is hard to find. It’s a step above a make-your-own bowl place, but not somewhere you’ll need a reservation. It shouldn’t be too expensive, you should be able to talk instead of shout, and your dinner shouldn’t take more than an hour. These spots do it all.
Roister is the casual restaurant from the Alinea team. It’s still expensive, but it’s fun, laid-back, and excellent.
Huaraches Dona Chio is an excellent cash-only Mexican spot in Edgewater.
5 Rabanitos is a casual BYOB restaurant in Pilsen serving seriously great Mexican food.
Pequod’s is a Chicago staple when it comes to deep dish pizza, and it’s awesome.
Lou Malnati’s is a classic Chicago deep-dish pizza spot, and the one we rely on.
Arguably the best pizza in town. Spacca Napoli is doing Neapolitan pies the way they're meant to be done.
Mott Street, a restaurant on Ashland near Wicker Park, serves interesting, delicious Asian-influenced food.
Funky, fresh, and delicious. Big & little's is one of the best and most interesting restaurants you can eat at.
Chicken Kalamata and crack fries is one of the best meals in town. Tina Fey agrees.
A rooster thunderdome full of hot dogs, Italian beefs, and chocolate cake shakes.
Gilt Bar is the rare River North spot that’s easy to get into, and also has great food. Prepare for a lot of meat, butter, and salt.
Passerotto is a great neighborhood restaurant in Andersonville serving Korean food with some Italian influences.
Marisol, in the Museum of Contemporary Art, serves delicious seasonal American food.