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How to Get Cheap Chi Leftovers with Too Good To Go

Sidney Madden
Sidney Madden
Posted on June 15
A hand holds a bag that reads "Too Good To Go"

Too Good To Go bag. (Artur Widak / NurPhoto / Getty)

The team finally tried Too Good To Go, the app that aims to eliminate food waste, which makes up 10% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Buckle up, friends, we had a BIG learning curve.

How Too Good To Go works

The app connects people with leftovers that restaurants and grocery stores would otherwise throw away (e.g., day-old pastries, entrees that were returned, etc.). With millions of users across the world, the app launched in Chicago two years ago.

Moving images shows moving cupcakes, a sandwich, a brown bag, and pizza

Our orders from Too Good To Go. (City Cast Chicago)

What we ate

Newsletter editor Sidney Madden (me 👋) missed the coveted Eataly grocery bag, but got a dozen mini treats from Molly’s Cupcakes in Streeterville for $5.58 (plus an extra $3 for frosting).

Podcast host Jacoby Cochran had few options in Hyde Park. Philz canceled on him before he scootered to Robust Coffee Lounge in Woodlawn for a turkey sandwich, chips, and two doughnuts — all for $4.42.

Lead producer Simone Alicea was done dirty by Modern Food Mart in Rogers Park with expired dairy and soda. Pizza Mania in Edgewater then gave her a hot slice of sausage and a cold slice of cheese. Her wack bag and za each cost $5.53.

Marketing coordinator Jermaine Thomas II got a hot bowl and a cup of chicken noodle soup from the Loop’s Just Salad for $5.99. Sauce would’ve cost him extra, so he skipped.

What we learned

1. Read the reviews. 

2. Plan early. Perseverance is key for new users.

3. Embrace the surprise … most of the time. Get your money back if your food is unsafe to consume!

+ Between TikTok surprise hauls to competitive subreddits, read about how online communities have helped the app gain a local following.

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