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Penny's Noodle Shop

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950 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 281-8448
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Dining options: Lunch, Delivery

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great Thai Food

Wonderful local restaurant. Service was fabulous, Pad Thai was very good, reasonable prices and great service.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2014
noplacelikehome123
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Sanibel Island, Florida
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  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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San Marcos, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I visit Chicago a lot and stay in Lincoln Park-Lakeview area. I always see Penny's Noodle Shop from Diversey train station. I decided to give it a try. They have friendly service but sorry to say that food is not great. It's not terrible but at best, it is very ordinary. I ordered gyoza and satay for my 3-year old... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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218 reviews 218 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Think you can’t eat cheaply in Chicago? Think again. Head to Penny’s Noodle Shop and score dinner for around $8. When I asked my server about her favorite dish, I was offered an off menu item called Dry Wonton Noodles, a combination of two menu items, Egg Noodles with Barbequed Pork and Thai Ravioli, which are miniature shrimp and pork... More 

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Framingham, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I frequented Penny's during my graduate school years in Chicago in the mid to late 1990s. I developed a love for pad see ew there. Penny's used to be BYOB and the prices were always good (and still are). Last week I visted Chicago and had Penny's pad see ew for the first time in 15 years. It's still wonderful!... More 

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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152 reviews 152 reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Wonderful local restaurant. Service was fabulous, Pad Thai was very good, reasonable prices and great service.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Penny's Noodle Shop never disappoints. It was one of my favorites, if not my favorite restaurant, when I lived in Chicago. Now that I live out of the area, its one of two must eats when I am in town. The service is always great and you can not beat the prices. The crab Rangoon is the best of anywhere... More 

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Laconia, New Hampshire
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

My husband and I were looking for a place to have dinner while we were in Chicago for a couple of nights. Given that we were part of a convention, it was our only night free where we could choose our restaurant. We wanted something delicious, but simple and not expensive. I spent almost an hour online, looking at groupon... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

This is a great place to grab a quick dinner, especially if you enjoy spicy food. There are some great noodle dishes that will make you sweat. Price was good too.

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Chicago
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48 reviews 48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

I like the pad thai and spicy noodles. The broccoli salad is just cold broccoli, so skip that. BYOB. Nice outdoor seating but we usually get take out.

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Marco Island, Florida
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128 reviews 128 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012

The place is very tiny, but you can bring your own drinks if you wish. It's nice to sit out during the warmer months. I wouldn't call this authentic Thai, but the food is always fresh, clean (meaning not a lot of ingredients or additives), tasty and pretty cheap, too. They aren't always the friendliest there, but if you give... More 

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Chicago
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2011

I first had Penny's Noodles when i was a college student at DePaul University. It was my first introduction to Thai food. And I have to say, more than 10 years later, Penny's Noodles is still my favorite Thai place. I've lived within 2 blocks of Penny's for years, and pass by every time I get on/off the Diversey "L".... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 950 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Lincoln Park
  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • Phone Number: (773) 281-8448

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: Asian, Thai, Vietnamese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Lincoln Park

Neighborhood Profile
Lincoln Park
Head to the North Side of Chicago for a stroll through one of the city’s greenest neighborhoods. Lincoln Park boasts over 1200 acres of green space complete with a free zoo open to visitors year-round. This pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is lined with parks, row homes, boutiques, taverns, and nature. Lincoln Park itself borders the lakefront area offering peaceful views of the water and the Chicago skyline. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is one of the most popular attractions in the area, with the Chicago History Museum a close second. Armitage Avenue is where you’ll find great shopping from high-end retailers and small boutiques, whereas Clark Street houses cafes and restaurants. For more highbrow entertainment, walk along Lincoln Avenue to find some of Chicago’s finer museums and theaters.