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.

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Kitchfix

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 (it's great addition to homemade smoothie bowls). 

What we like: You warm up the meals yourself, so you can start dinner as early or as late as you’d like.

Online: kitchfix.com

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Instacart

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 Instagram? Point click and order everything you need (from Mariano’s, Whole Foods, Standard Market, Jewel, and even Costco) 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. Pro tip: Some areas have pet store and liquor store delivery. 

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!).

Online: instacart.com

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Tovala

For those Chicagoans who crushed on Radish, they were 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 $249-$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.

Online: tovala.com

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Postmates

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).

Online: postmates.com

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Door Dash

Craving a dish from one of your favorite Chicago restaurants? Door Dash probably delivers from there, from national favorites, like Chipotle, to neighborhood gems you're crushing on. 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.

Online: doordash.com

Hello Fresh

HelloFresh is a pretty great option for families that like to serve home-cooked meals, but don't have time for grocery shopping. You pick the number of meals and number of people who will be eating the meals, and you receive a cardboard box on your porch with ingredient cards and each meal's ingredients individually packaged. They even have a well-rounded Veggie Meal plan for families that like to pass on meat and fish. 

What we like: Consistently delicious, generous portion sizes and zero waste. 

Online: hellofresh.com

— Maria Chambers & Christa Reed

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