ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds. One thing that helps tie them all together? Chicago.
With so much collective experience with the city, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions about Chicago to the group.
Where can you get the best burger in Chicago?
“Exchequer on Wabash.” — Mark Andel, Hot Dog Diaries
“I have to go with Au Cheval or Gibsons but Bon Appetit magazine just named The Loyalist as having the 3rd best cheeseburger in the nation. I haven’t tried it yet but can’t imagine it’s better than Au Cheval. I look forward to reviewing it.” — Carole Kuhrt Brewer, Show Me Chicago
“Best upscale burger: Little Bad Wolf. Best greasy classic: Moody’s Pub. Best creative toppings with a decent pinball game: Bad Apple.” — Kim Z. Dale, Listing Beyond Forty
“I’m going to be bougie and say Au Cheval. I still have dreams about it, it’s that good.” — Dana, The Thrifty Girl’s Guide to Chicago
“The Silo in Lake Bluff.” — Jessica Gardner, Little Merry Sunshine
“I haven’t seen it mentioned yet, but I am VERY picky with burgers, and I can’t explain exactly why. But I do recommend M Burger, one of the Lettuce Entertain You group. Their burgers are appropriately thin, fully cooked, and don’t taste at all like barf (they actually taste good!). The fries are also great, and so are the shakes. It’s not gourmet or high-end, but it’s definitely a good version of McDonalds. And to top it off, the River North location have always been super accommodating when I was on walks with my daughter and dog. I’ve called them, told them I’m right outside, and they take my order, come out to take my credit card, and then deliver the food to me right out of their door. It’s just as good as a walkup window. (and they never act all put out by this, which is awesome customer service.)” — Holly, Running With A Book Cart
“My son swears by 25 Degrees as the best burger.” — Joe Imperato, Health Care Mythologies
“Burger Baron on Grand.” — Jenn-Anne, When Jenn-Anne Snaps
“Superdawg Whoopercheesie!” — Lucy Rendler-Kaplan, Small Girl, Big City
“Andersonville Brewing in, you guessed it, Andersonville, has a surprisingly good burger. I forget what I got exactly but I’m pretty sure it had avocado on it and was delicious, I can confirm delicious, can’t confirm the avocado. I think I got it with mashed potatoes and gravy which was also delicious, full report: delicious”. — Brian Kremen, ConFIdences
“Moody’s in Rogers Park!” — Helaine Karlin Krysik, Adventures of a Mom Entrepreneur
“Portillo’s. They have the best fries, too!” — April Davis Leachman, Chicago On the Radar
“Cherry Circle Room. Hands down.” — Mary Tyler Mom
“Bad Apple. As creative as anything at Kuma’s, but without the wait and shitty metal music. Better beer list, too. Or for a more normal burger, either Hackney’s or Candlelite. Also, Au Cheval = Au-verrated.” — Bill Mayeroff, Pints and Pups
“Either The Wiener’s Circle or Paradise Pup. If you haven’t been to PP its worth the trip from wherever you are.” — Alan Rubenstein, Chicago Sportist
“R.J. Grunts! It is not a fancy burger, but that is the place where I take all my visitors because it feels very American. And we have known some of the servers for 15 years!!!” — Ana Martin Sagredo, Foreign Affairs: Children Edition
“Any Outback burger is delicious especially when paired with cheese fries! (Looking for the good)”. — Susan Schulhof, Looking for the Good
“Tiny Burgers at Tiny Lounge. Quarter pound, locally sourced hormone-free beef burgers, topped with applewood smoked bacon, aged cheddar, house-made bbq sauce on a pretzel roll, topped with house-made pickles, served with tiny fries which are also among the best in town. The burgers look like thick sliders, and an order includes 2 with fries, but one is plenty so my wife and I split an order and are always quite happy! Have a Daisy Cutter, or a glass of The Offering red wine (distributed by our son — shameless plug to support the family business!). Talk about a perfect pairing!” — Floyd Sullivan, Waiting4Cubs
“Everyone knows that honor belongs to BILLY GOAT TAVERN.” — H. Van Howe, Pizza For Breakfast
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