Formerly Philander's, this dining room in the Carleton Hotel features burgers, steaks, and ribs from its wood-fired "grille."
Quick-service spot serving burgers, hand-cut fries, and malts and shakes.
Wicker Park bar from the owners of the Matchbox and the Silver Palm focusing on cocktails and small bites.
Upscale burger joint from Michael Kornick (MK) and David Morton (Morton's, the Steakhouse).
Neighborhood diner where the soup never fails, the eggs are fluffy and buttery, and the Jello is always red.
Old Town spot for over-the-top burgers and beer.
Chef-butcher Allen Sternweiler (Allen's, Duchamp) offers build-your-own burgers, beignets, and a case of his handiwork.
Eddie Lakin's classic burgers, hand-cut fries, and shakes.
Navy Pier spinoff of the fancier River North tourist trap.
Potbelly-style BYO burger joint with late-night hours.
DePaul cafe serving BYO dinner as well as breakfast and lunch.
Quintessentially Hyde Park, and frequented by an eclectic mix of locals, students, game watchers, and professors, Jimmy's is a dive bar with a dim, cavernous interior and a quirky soul. The beer selection's good and cheap, with Leinenkugel and Fat Tire on tap for a little more than $10 a pitcher. The bartenders are brisk and businesslike and make their martinis strong. The burgers and brats are decent, but God in heaven are the fries perfect. Live bands on Sundays with no cover. Cash only, ATM inside.
Lincoln Park sports bar with an above-average brunch.
Loop tavern and "carvery" tapped by GQ restaurant critic Alan Richman as offering one of the nation's 20 hamburgers "you must eat before you die."
Wrigleyville outpost of Billy Dec and company's River North restaurant. There are nightly specials and a $5 Bloody Mary bar on weekends.
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