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, Atwood, Bellwether
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American
Neighborhoods:Lincoln Park, Downtown / Loop, Gold Coast / Streeterville
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Summer House Santa Monica

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
3,953 reviews
  • Casual
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
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
86% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois

Atwood

$$$$·American·
Downtown / Loop
4,630 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Brunch
  • Casual
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
83% recommended

Bellwether

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
357 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Good for Birthdays
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
100% recommended

State and Lake Chicago Tavern

$$$$·American·
Downtown / Loop
1,345 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Business Meals
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
95% recommended

Mity Nice Bar & Grill

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,825 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Pre/post Theatre
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
90% recommended

Petterino's

$$$$·American·
Downtown / Loop
9,504 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
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
93% recommended

L. Woods Tap and Pine Lodge

$$$$·American·
Lincolnwood
5,820 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
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
95% recommended
American in North Suburbs

The Ogden Chicago

$$$$·American·
West Loop
464 reviews
  • Live Sports
  • Bar Seating
  • 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
94% recommended
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Lokal - Lincoln Park

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
208 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Group Bookings
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
87% recommended
Brunch in Chicago / Illinois
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North Branch

$$$$·American·
Glenview
394 reviews
  • Casual
  • Bar Seating
  • Comfort Food
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
92% recommended

Weber Grill - Chicago

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
6,283 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
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
90% recommended

Burger Bar Chicago

$$$$·Burgers·
Lincoln Park
233 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
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
387 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Fun
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
90% recommended
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Sugar Factory - Chicago River North

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
2,798 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
211 reviews
  • Casual
  • Cosy
  • 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)
4,925 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
1,559 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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Yard House - NewCity at Lincoln Park - Permanently Closed

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
382 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Casual
  • Live Sports
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
88% recommended
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Winberie's Restaurant & Bar - Permanently Closed

$$$$·American·
Oak Park
485 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Child Friendly
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
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