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The Best Burgers in Chicago

The OpenTable Team

Chicago, the meatpacking hub of the nation, is home to some of the most imaginative cuisine around. While deep dish pizza may be the tourist idea of what's on the menu, there's a whole lot more to the food scene in the Windy City—and that includes some of the country's greatest burgers. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the best burger spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find everything from thin, smashed-style cheeseburgers to juicy pub burgers to burgers with a kaleidoscope of toppings—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:Summer House Santa Monica, Yard House - NewCity at Lincoln Park, Atwood
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American
Neighborhoods:Lincoln Park, Downtown / Loop
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Summer House Santa Monica

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
3,781 reviews
  • Casual
  • Lunch
  • Brunch
Summer House Santa Monica brings the beach vibe to Lincoln Park with a casual decor topped by an impressive retractable glass ceiling. Fresh-baked pastries and seasonal ingredientsRead more
91% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois

Yard House - NewCity at Lincoln Park

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
362 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
Downing a pint and biting into a big mouthful of beef are the simple pleasures served up at Yard House in NewCity. A great selection of tap and bottled beer goes along with a choicRead more
83% recommended

Atwood

$$$$·American·
Downtown / Loop
4,555 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Business Meals
The Alise Chicago Hotel sits in the middle of the Loop, and diners can find Atwood, the hotel's restaurant, right inside this historic Reliance Building. It's right in the center oRead more

Bellwether

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
332 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
  • Business Meals
The Bellwether takes a standard sports bar and upgrades it to elegant and cool. This Streeterville haven has three 150-inch screens to give diners a clear view of the action from aRead more

State and Lake Chicago Tavern

$$$$·American·
Downtown / Loop
1,314 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Executive chef Nathan Sears delivers authentic gastropub vibes at State and Lake Chicago Tavern. Wood-topped tables, a long bar, and a fun menu make every meal at this neighborhoodRead more
90% recommended

Winberie's Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·American·
Oak Park
468 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
For an easy-going and relaxed meal in Scoville Square, Winberie's Restaurant & Bar delivers. The slightly kitschy yet fun and funky decor creates a vibe where everyone feels at homRead more
100% recommended
Group Bookings in Near West

Mity Nice Bar & Grill

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,751 reviews
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Comfort Food
Mity Nice Bar & Grill combines a casual atmosphere with a classic menu that has a few hidden surprises. Starters come from around the globe with fresh, housemade guacamole, Big BanRead more
96% recommended

Petterino's

$$$$·American·
Downtown / Loop
9,184 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
Pair a night at the theater with a meal served in a restaurant that is full of memorabilia and caricatures of Chicago-born actors at Petterino's. This centrally located hot spot evRead more
92% recommended

L. Woods Tap and Pine Lodge

$$$$·American·
Lincolnwood
5,603 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for Birthdays
Sit back and relax in a rustic lodge setting at L. Woods Tap and Pine Lodge. The menu is full of big plates overflowing with comfort foods. Oven-roasted turkey dinners with all theRead more
97% recommended
American in North Suburbs

The Ogden Chicago

$$$$·American·
West Loop
445 reviews
  • Live Sports
  • Casual
  • Fun
The Ogden, an upscale sports bar, is just around the corner from United Center, and the latest game is always on the screens here. Enjoy classic bar food taken up a notch. Handcut Read more
100% recommended
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Lokal - Lincoln Park

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
196 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Good for Birthdays
Lincoln Park, a premier Chicago neighborhood, is home to this Lokal, an upscale take on a casual European eatery. The menu plates some fresh recipes of traditional bar food, like tRead more
94% recommended
Brunch in Chicago / Illinois
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North Branch

$$$$·American·
Glenview
367 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Bar Seating
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Scratch-made food is the theme at North Branch, a new take on a classic favorite—the sports bar. With 10 flat screen TVs to take in the game, it's a great place to enjoy a bite andRead more
100% recommended
Neighbourhood Gem in North Suburbs

Weber Grill - Chicago

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
6,129 reviews
  • Casual
  • Special Occasions
  • Comfort Food
Weber Grill offers barbecue at its best, with a focus on charcoal cooking. The oversized booth seating offers plenty of space to spread out and enjoy a smoky and delicious meal. ChRead more
85% recommended

Burger Bar Chicago

$$$$·Burgers·
Lincoln Park
226 reviews
  • Casual
  • Bar Seating
  • Comfort Food
Burger Bar Chicago deserves a spot on any “best of” list for burgers. The unpretentious, casual atmosphere matches the laid-back menu that delivers unique recipes for a classic patRead more

The Kennison

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lincoln Park
359 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Outdoor Eating
The Kennison, an innovative Lincoln Park restaurant, pairs the best of contemporary American fare with casual dining options. The menu will please a wide variety of diners, with itRead more
81% recommended

Sugar Factory - Chicago River North

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
2,588 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Fun
  • Special Occasions
Sweet lovers rejoice with a meal at the Sugar Factory. The fun, funky, and eclectic decor promises a night of fun, and the menu delivers. The cocktail book may take a while to pageRead more

Umami Burger - West Loop

$$$$·Burgers·
West Loop
203 reviews
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Grab a seat at the bar at Umami Burger in West Loop. The seating is plentiful and the service is quick. At this restaurant, burgers are the main course with vegan patties side-by-sRead more

HUB 51

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
4,807 reviews
  • Fun
  • Casual
  • Bar Seating
Lettuce Entertain You hits another winner with Hub 51, a River North eatery combining great contemporary American food with a casual vibe. Just below the restaurant is Sub 51, a laRead more
93% recommended

R J Grunt's

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
1,560 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Child Friendly
  • Lunch
R J Grunt's, the first of many excellent restaurants in the Lettuce Entertain You portfolio, serves up classic American fare in a cool, funky environment. Portraits line the walls Read more
93% recommended
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