When you think of Chicago luxury dining, barbecue probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But as more and more barbecue restaurants up the ante on their offerings, it’s quickly becoming one of Chicago’s hottest dining trends. Look out Kansas City, Memphis and the Carolinas...Chicago is ready to give you a run for your money! Here’s a look at some of the barbecue restaurants around town that have Chicago condo home owners hanging up their aprons and indulging in a flavor-packed meal.
River North: If you’re a Chicago home owner who lives in River North, there are tons of options when it comes to barbecue. Bub City offers live country music and amazing cocktails by bartender Paul McGee, and both are paired with outstanding barbecue fare. If you’re looking to make an evening out of it, head next door to Dragon Ranch Moonshine & BBQ. It opened last summer and has had a cult following ever since. Other River North barbecue hotspots include the soon-to-open DMK BBQ, the brainchild of Michael Kornick of mk, DMK Burger Bar, Fish Bar, and Ada Street.
Wrigleyville: Are you a fan of Jack’s on Halstead? If so, check-out what Jack Jones is up to in Wrigleyville. He’s currently working on opening the doors at Wrigley BBQ, a mellow barbecue joint that’s certain to become a favorite among Chicago condo owners. Nearby, an 11,000-square-foot barbecue restaurant will open later this summer. John Barleycorn’s Sam Sanchez is the man with the plan.
Boystown: Looking for kosher barbecue? Head to Milt’s Barbecue for the Perplexed in Boystown. Here, you can feel good about what you eat for a few reasons, least of which is the fact that 100% of the profits are donated to local charities.
Bucktown: Award-winning barbecue chef Charlie McKenna is the brains behind Lillie’s Q, and he just opened a second location in the Chicago French Market.
When asked about the sudden popularity of barbecue among Chicago condo owners, local barbecue master Gary Wiviott who is the pitmaster at Lincoln Park’s Barn & Company said, “It’s something people can easily relate to. You don’t have to explain barbecue. It’s important that you tweak and adjust and every day make your barbecue a little bit better.”