It’s 1 a.m. and the only open signs still flickering around Loyola are the glow of Taco Bell and Insomnia cookies. Yet, a soggy burrito and an oatmeal raisin cookie can only satisfy late-night hunger so many times. With grim options, only one solution presents itself: the L.
Venturing onto the L past midnight is no easy feat but this assortment of late-night eateries can curb just about any craving. So save that year-old ramen sitting on your dorm room shelf and treat yourself to a late-night-bite at these L-Stop Musts instead.
Morse: South of the Border Restaurant (1416 W. Morse Ave.)
11 a.m – 1:45 a.m
Just one stop away from Loyola, South of the Border is conveniently situated right next to the Red Line’s Morse stop. The restaurant is perfect for the late-night eater craving authentic Latin food.
Locals conversed over the Bull’s game at the bar while staff members ushered us in welcomingly. With pictures of Frida Kahlo decorating the walls, the restaurant’s latin influence is unmissable.
After a long day of classwork, the enchiladas at South of the Border serve as the perfect late-night-bite, while the location offers convenience and comfort for Loyolans. From burgers to burritos, the place features a mix of American and Mexican cuisine, providing the perfect substitute for the nothingness of Taco Bell.
Fullerton: Pequod’s Pizza (2207 N. Clybourn Ave.)
11 a.m – 2 a.m
A few blocks away from the Fullerton stop lies the not-so-hidden gem of Pequod’s Pizza. Even on a Wednesday at 4 p.m. Pequod’s had an hour wait, so be sure to make a reservation before 2 a.m if it becomes a new favorite spot.
With the hubbub of regulars chatting over pizza at the bar, the friendliness of the serving staff and the sound of Harry Styles playing in the background, the ambiance of Pequod’s is both homey and upbeat.
The Chicago deep-dish pizza is what makes Pequod’s a stand-out location. The pizza, which offers a rich helping of sauce and cheese paired with a slightly burnt thick crust, is sure to put the pies of de Nobili Dining Hall to shame.
Pequod’s is open until 2 a.m., making it the ideal place for a late-night slice of Chicago.
Belmont: Jennivee’s Bakery (3301 N. Sheffield Ave.)
12 p.m – 11 p.m
Around the corner of the Belmont stop, Jennivee’s Bakery decorates the block with pride flags, elegant shrubbery and all things pink. Upon arriving, Jennivee’s transports you into the Paris episodes of “Gossip Girl,” welcoming you in with chic wallpaper and a decadent assortment of cakes and cupcakes.
All at once, the grime of the L fades into the rearview. Suddenly, with a Scarlette cupcake in hand, Jennivee’s can make any Loyola student feel like they’re in the upper echelon of society.
With top-tier service and rich, well-portioned desserts, Jennivee’s is sure to become a late-night-dessert favorite. Their best selling cupcake is the “Brooklyn Blackout,” but the Strawberry Kiss and the Scarlette also outperformed in terms of taste.
The small business is LGBTQ+ owned and is open until 11 p.m.
Wilson: Selam’s Ethiopian Kitchen (4543 N. Broadway St.)
11 a.m – 2 a.m
Selam’s Ethiopian Kitchen offers an exceptional late-night-bite with a questionable ambiance. From the outside, it may be hard to tell that the place is even open given that most seating and the bar were tucked back in the restaurant, while the front was taken up with empty shelves, booths and displays.
The Quanta FirFir dish featured homemade beef jerky cooked into an Ethiopian Injera flatbread. Open until 2 a.m., Selam’s is a great option for meat lovers looking for a place close to campus.