Best Late Night Bite: Chicken Shack

February 23, 2023

Evanston Chicken Shack has won the title of best late night bite multiple years in a row and there’s no question why — the popular restaurant carries Evanston’s late night scene on its back. While most Evanston restaurants close their doors to hungry students at about 9 p.m., Chicken Shack serves up affordable, high-quality chicken until 12:30 a.m.

The first time I ate there, the Halloween of my freshman year, I didn’t know what to expect. It’s quite literally a shack on the side of Ridge Avenue. But the second I stepped inside, I was transported to a magical place. The delicious smells and long lines instantly told me I was in for a treat.

My go-to order is the crispy, juicy boneless wings with fries, but there’s something for everybody on the menu. Along with chicken, it also serves fish, rib tips, pasta and party pans. And while we know the restaurant is beloved among Evanston residents, it’s also award-winning on the state level. It’s been ranked the No. 1 fried chicken spot in Illinois by Mashed, a popular food publication.

Northwestern alumni across the country know of Chicken Shack — it’s been an Evanston legend for more than 30 years. The best part? It’s affordable and offers $4 delivery for those too tired to walk over late at night.

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