Chicago's most popular drunk food is American. For independent restaurants, the top drunk food is Mexican.
Drunk Food Analysis
It's 1 AM on a Saturday night and you're looking for food. If you're not pregnant, you're probably drunk :) This project compares the drunk food scenes in North America's biggest cities. The analysis used Yelp to find low cost restaurants open at 1:15 a.m. Saturday, September 09, 2017. Not every restaurant has accurate hours in Yelp, so this data isn't perfect. You can see more details in the About page. You can also check out the overview of all cities.
City Drunk Food Rankings
How does the drunk food scene in Chicago stack up to the rest of North America?
|Number of restaurants||563||(3/57)|
|Number of independent restaurants||429||(3/57)|
|Percentage of independent restaurants||76.2%||(15/57)|
|Restaurants per 10,000 residents||2.1||(19/57)|
Chicago has 563 drunk food restaurants, ranking it number 3 out of all 57 cities included. The city with the most drunk food restaurants is New York with 1077. Chicago ranks as the number 15 city in terms of independent drunk food, with 76.2% of the drunk food restaurants being independent.
With a population of 2,720,546 Chicago has 2.1 drunk food restaurants for every 10,000 residents. Las Vegas has the most drunk food restaurants per person with 9.3 for every 10,000 residents.
These two graphs show the most popular food categories for late night drunk food in Chicago. To get this category break down, the smaller Yelp categories were combined into a few big categories. For example, Japanese, Ramen and Sushi all fall under the 'Asian' category. The first graph shows food categories across all restaurants in the city (including chains), the second shows only independent restaurants.
All Restaurant Breakdown
Independent Restaurant Breakdown
Restaurant Category Variety
The graph below gives a sense of the variety of drunk food in Chicago. Appearing in the top right indicates higher variety.
There's a lot going on in this graph, here's how to read it:
- Circle Size: Each city's circle represents its population. The larger the circle, the higher the population.
- Horizontal Axis: The number of Yelp categories found. The more restaurant food categories there are, the further to the right Chicago appears in the graph.
- Vertical Axis: How evenly distributed the restaurants are over all the categories. If there's an equal number of restaurants for each category, the city will appear higher in the plot. (I measured this using Simpson Diversity Index.)