Last Updated - September 09, 2017

Chicago's most popular drunk food is American. For independent restaurants, the top drunk food is Mexican.

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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 restaurants563(3/57)
Number of independent restaurants429(3/57)
Percentage of independent restaurants76.2%(15/57)
Restaurants per 10,000 residents2.1(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.

Food Categories

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

All Restaurant Food Category Breakdown

Independent Restaurant Breakdown

Independent Restaurant Food Category 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.

Restaurant category variety plot

There's a lot going on in this graph, here's how to read it:

Top Franchises

These are the top franchises open late in Chicago.

Dunkin Donuts22
White Castle18
Taco Bell10

More Drunk Food

See more by checking out the North American Drunk Food Overview to see how all the major cities compare. These cities have the largest drunk food scenes: