Highest-rated cheap eats in Chicago, according to Tripadvisor

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July 22, 2022
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Highest-rated cheap eats in Chicago, according to Tripadvisor

With the advent of Big Data, it's easier than ever to quantify what people like around the globe. And when it comes to food—particularly easy, cheap eats—Americans have very specific opinions. Dining brands in U.S. have a long and storied history, and whether they're fast food, fast-casual, high-end, or super cheap, American restaurants offer something for almost everyone.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest rated restaurants in Chicago that are listed as "cheap eats" on Tripadvisor. Tripadvisor rankings factor in the average rating and number of reviews. Some restaurants on the list may have recently closed. Easy, inexpensive options here run the gamut of cuisine, service options, and styles. The restaurants on this list are chock-full of variety, mixing ethnicities, food regions, and cultures into steaming melting pots of deliciousness.

Anyone reading the list will surely see some favorite eateries and classic go-to restaurants. Keep reading to see if any of your favorite cheap eateries made the list.

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#30. Murphy's Bleachers

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (146 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Address: 3655 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60613-4303
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#29. Mariano's

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (158 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (5.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Specialty Food Market, American
- Address: 333 E Benton Pl Ste 206 Unit 2519, Chicago, IL 60601-7411
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#28. Corner Bakery Cafe

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (380 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Address: 35 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603-5642
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#27. Shake Shack

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (828 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Address: 66 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611-2702
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#26. Corner Bakery Cafe

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (443 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, Cafe
- Address: 224 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60604-2505
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#25. Corner Bakery Cafe

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (483 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Address: 360 N Michigan Ave (Entrance on Wacker Drive), Chicago, IL 60601-3814
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#24. Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (131 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Dessert, American
- Address: 2051 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647-3968
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#23. Chicago French Market

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (196 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, French
- Address: 131 N Clinton St Between Washington and Randolph, Chicago, IL 60661-1506
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#22. Corner Bakery Cafe

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (600 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Address: 676 N. St. Clair, Chicago, IL 60611
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#21. Stan's Donuts & Coffee

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (208 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Bakeries, American
- Address: 259 E Erie St Suite 100, Chicago, IL 60611-2987
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#20. Al's #1 Italian Beef

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (612 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Address: 548 N Wells St Wells Street And Ohio Street, Chicago, IL 60654-7119
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#19. Shake Shack

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (479 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Address: 12 S Michigan Ave Chicago Athletic Association, Chicago, IL 60603-3300
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#18. Epic Burger

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (352 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Address: 517 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605-1616
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#17. Goddess and the Baker, Wabash

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (442 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Coffee & Tea, American
- Address: 33 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60603-3073
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#16. Superdawg Drive-In

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (382 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Fast Food
- Address: 6363 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60646-3726
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#15. Devil Dawgs

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (261 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Address: 767 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605-2108
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#14. Pittsfield Cafe

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (266 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Cafe
- Address: 55 E Washington St Ste 183 Lobby, Chicago, IL 60602-2103
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#13. Sprinkles Chicago

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (446 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (3.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Bakeries, American
- Address: 50 E Walton St, Chicago, IL 60611-1420
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#12. Portillo's Hot Dogs

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (7,167 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Address: 100 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654-3710
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#11. Big Star

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (431 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern
- Address: 1531 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-1906
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#10. Garrett Popcorn Shops

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (3,113 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Dessert
- Address: 625 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-3110
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#9. Stan's Donuts and Coffee

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (339 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Bakeries, American
- Address: 1560 N Damen Ave 1560 North Damen, Chicago, IL 60622-1942
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#8. Cafecito

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (309 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, Latin
- Address: 26 E Congress Pkwy Ste 1, Chicago, IL 60605-1236
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#7. Intelligentsia Coffee

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (405 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Coffee & Tea, Cafe
- Address: 53 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601-7503
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#6. Velvet Taco

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (306 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, Mexican
- Address: 1110 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610
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#5. Firecakes Donuts

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (442 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Bakeries, American
- Address: 68 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654-5604
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#4. Bongiorno's Italian Deli and Pizzeria

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (339 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Italian, Pizza
- Address: 405 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-3591
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#3. Molly's Cupcakes

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (330 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Bakeries, American
- Address: 2536 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614-1712
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#2. Doughnut Vault

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (475 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Bakeries, American
- Address: 401 N Franklin St, Chicago, IL 60654-4902
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#1. Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken - Streeterville

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (239 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (5.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Bakeries, American
- Address: 233 E Erie St, Chicago, IL 60611-2926
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