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Best Chicago Cheap Eats


Where can you go for a good-quality meal that won't break the bank? Gather the change out of your piggy bank and sofa cushions and take it to one of GAYOT's selections for the best cheap eats.

View GAYOT's Top 10 Cheap Eats Restaurants in Chicago


Cafe Iberico Spanish
11/20
Dining Room at Cafe Iberico, Chicago, IL 737 N. LaSalle Dr.
Chicago, IL 60610
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Lively tapas mainstay in River North with reliable food and strong sangría. More...

Chicago Diner Vegetarian
11/20
Dining Room at Chicago Diner, Chicago, IL 3411 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60657
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Meat-free since '83, this vegetarian-friendly restaurant is seeing a revival. More...

Del Seoul Korean
Quick Bite
2568 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
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Korean tacos, dumplings and other eats have drawn a loyal following to this Lincoln Park fast-casual eatery. More...

Don Pedro Carnitas Mexican
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Don Pedro Carnitas, Chicago, IL 1113 W. 18th St.
Chicago, IL 60608

Make your own carnitas tacos at this locals' favorite in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. More...

Manny's Coffee Shop & Deli Deli
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Manny 1141 S. Jefferson St.
Chicago, IL 60607
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This cafeteria-style delicatessen is an institution and a must-stop at lunch because the corned beef sandwich is darn good. More...

90 Miles Cuban Cafe Cuban
Quick Bite
3101 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
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Addictive Cuban stand that makes people go out of the way for its crackly crusted sandwiches. More...

Penny's Noodle Shop Pan-Asian
12/20
Dining Room at Penny 3400 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
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Popular, cost-conscious noodle joint that always delivers on what’s expected. More...

The Wiener's Circle Hot Dogs
Quick Bite
Dining Room at The Wiener 2622 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Get hot dogs, burgers and fries --- and a side of attitude --- at this stand. More...


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