While the Chicago-style dog and the deep dish pizza may get tourist attention, locals know there are way more choices out there. The eclectic mix of cultures allows for foodies to get everything from the best dim sum in Chinatown to Puerto Rican rice in Humboldt Park. And while everyone has their favorites when it comes to different types of food, BBQ seems to have a universal quality that makes it irresistible when done right.
3800 N. Pulaski Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays & Saturdays: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sundays: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mondays: Closed
Unlike other restaurants that pack in as many menu items as humanly possible to try and entice customers in returning, Smoque BBQ focuses more on quality rather than quantity. Choose from ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chicken or Texas sausage and know that the same attention that went into the meat is put into the sides.
Fireplace Inn BBQ
1448 N. Wells Rd.
Chicago, IL 60610
Hours: Monday – Wednesday: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Thursday – Sunday: 11 am. to 2 a.m.
Located in the Old Town neighborhood, the atmosphere is filled with historic charm mixed with all the luxuries of the modern world -including over 40 flat screen HD televisions. Putting a new twist on what most people think about when it comes to barbecue, menu items include things like BBQ Meatballs and a Guacamole Burger. If you’re looking for BBQ with a modern twist, check out Fireplace Inn BBQ.
Fat Willy’s Rib Shack BBQ
2416 W. Schubert Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday: 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday: 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The name pretty much speaks for itself, Fat Willy’s Rib Shack BBQ offers everything expected of a great barbecue restaurant. With all the favorites of ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and burgers; there are also alternative items like jumbo shrimp and catfish. Located 15 minutes from downtown, enjoy indoor or outdoor seating for lunch or dinner.
The Smoke Daddy BBQ
1804 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday: 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 12 a.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
If the in-house smoked meats don’t entice you, the live music, and the daily specials should be what puts you over the edge. Fan favorites include the Bar-B-Que Platters, the $4 drafts Mondays and of course, the ability to order online and carryout.