UPDATE: Congrats, you've (almost) made it to the weekend, so it's time to kick back with a bottle (or three) of vino at your favorite resto. This story was originally published on January29.
You resolved to save money this year by cutting back on your dining expenses, but let's face it: A sack lunch or frozen dinner just doesn't do it when you're hungry — especially when you also happen to live in a foodie city like Chicago. Not to worry, though — there is a way to eat well without going broke. First stop: the liquor store. Next, one of these quaint-yet-delicious BYOB restaurants — that'll allow you to leave with a full stomach and wallet.
Since Chi-town is such a cultural melting pot, we sourced eight completely different ethnic eateries guaranteed to satisfy any craving. Burrito on the brain? Buena Vista's Mexican fare sure does pair well with a nice Corona. Or, how about authentic gems like Andalous for Moroccan or Habana Libre for Cuban — seriously, these chefs could turn an ordinary meal into a culinary adventure. So, bookmark this list for the next time you think you can't afford a night out. Just don't forget to stock the liquor cabinet.