As you would expect, Chicago is ordering in — a lot. According to Google Trends data, searches for online food delivery services such as Grubhub, Caviar and DoorDash have spiked since March 8. The phrase “food delivery open late” is up 300% in Chicagoland this week.
Which got us wondering: What are Chicagoans actually ordering?
Grubhub raked through its data from March 9 to March 24 — which includes the first full week of Illinois’ “stay-at-home” order — and compared those findings to order volume in the period just before, starting Jan. 1, 2020. In order of more to much more popular, here are the top 5 things Chicagoans ordered:
5. Spicy Fried Chicken
This flavorful fowl is 117% more popular. Although Grubhub wouldn’t tell us which restaurants were provisioning this uptick, Google Trends Data showed that searches for Big Boss Spicy Fried Chicken in Bridgeport is up 80%.
4. Mozzarella Breadsticks
These breadsticks filled with hot, melted cheese — popular at the Olive Gardens and Pizza Huts in Chicago — are 129% more popular.
3. Dutch Apple Pie
Not your grandma’s apple pie. The version featuring a streusel top layer is the winner, at 132% more popular. Also, the search term “best pie In Chicago” is up 180%, according to Google Trends.
2. Blue Cheese Burger
Chicago likes its burger with a side of funk; ones with a blue cheese topping came in second place overall for most ordered, at 159% more popular.
1. Red Velvet Cake
And the No. 1 thing Chicagoans ordered more often than usual? Dessert! Red velvet cake is 201% more popular. Google Trends says that this bright-red sugar high typically sees a spike like this only around Christmas.
Correction, 4-5: Big Boss Spicy Fried Chicken at 2520 S. Halsted St. is in the Bridgeport neighborhood, not Pilsen as previously reported.