If only you could have a healthy, fresh meal on the table every night instead of boring chicken nuggets and steam-in-the-bag veggies. We’ve been there. Luckily there are services across Chicago to help, whether you want a pre-made feast to pop in the oven or someone to do your grocery shopping for you. Read on to discover local meal delivery services to try now.
If you’re good about meal planning in advance, this is a great solution for you. With Kitchfix, you order a few meals for the week ahead of time and pick them up at a local hub or have them delivered to your home for an additional $6. If you want food on Sunday, you have to order by no later than Friday. These meals come in a variety of sizes (including kids) and can be real people pleasers. This service is great for the kiddos because they’re very cognizant of food allergies for little ones. Tip: Be sure to try their wildly popular granola and chocolate chip cookies. They also have a Golf Coast storefront where you can pick up a meal, signature smoothie or coffee drinks to go, or stay for the free Wi-Fi.
What we like: You warm up the meals yourself, so you can start dinner as early or as late as you’d like.
A busy parent’s dream! While this isn’t meal delivery per se, it’s grocery delivery, sometimes having someone do the shopping for you is the little time-saving boost you need. See a recipe you want to make tonight while cruising Pinterest? Point click and order everything you need (from Mariano’s, Whole Foods, Standard Market, Jewel, etc.) and have it delivered in just a couple of hours, usually less. If they are out of something, they will text (or call) and ask how they might be able to replace the item for you.
What we like: No need for the kids to spend time strapped in a grocery cart when there are playground slides to ride! Also, they deliver from several grocery stores as well as non-grocery stores (like, Binny’s and pet food stores!).
For those Chicagoans who were crushing on Radish, they've been purchased by Tovala, which shares the same goal of making it easy to eat incredibly healthy meals in the comfort of home. This one is a bit different from other services, as it requires the use of a steam oven, which you can order through them. The cost of the oven varies from $199-$399, depending on how much you want to commit to purchasing meal boxes through Tovala vs. using your own ingredients. The Tovala convection bakes and broils just like.a regular oven, but it also steams, making your proteins juicier and more tender and veggies more flavorful.
What we like: Cooking food using both wet and dry methods, without a lot of work. It makes things taste better . . . that's just a fact.
Slowly expanding from the city to the suburbs, these guys will pretty much bring you anything you want. Were you up all night with a sick baby and there’s a blizzard? They’ll deliver coffee from a local coffeehouse and grab some meds from Walgreens on the way.
What we like: REALLY wide variety of what they can deliver (salads and sushi from all over town).
Craving a dish from one of your favorite Chicago restaurants? Door Dash probably delivers from there. Serving nearly 1,000 restaurants in Chicago, Door Dash can bring you anything from Kuma’s Corner, Fish Bar, and Coast Sushi to Portillo’s, Hooters or Burger King. They have “dashers” stationed around the city so that when you’ve placed your order, they’re there and ready for a speedy delivery.
What we like: Lots of variety in types of restaurants and options.
What is your favorite meal delivery service? Let us know in the Comments!
— Maria Chambers & Christa Reed