Chicago Burger Joints Overview

Rockit Burger Bar - Restaurant | Sports Bar | Burger Joint in Chicago

Chicago steakhouses are legendary, but it looks like Chicago burger joints are rivaling them for popularity and buzz these days. With as much care as some chefs put into filet mignon, these casual-cool spots feature gourmet burgers and sophisticated drink options. Wimpy fast-food burgers these are not.

One of the most popular burger joints in Chicago, with lines stretching into the street, Kuma’s Corner consistently tops national best-burger lists. Heavy-metal and punk décor and ear-splitting music greets tatted-out rocker types as well as seemingly everyone else in Chicago; Kuma’s reputation transcends its alternative edge. Burgers are huge and innovative, topped with everything from bourbon-soaked pears to pulled pork.

The rebel from The Breakfast Club would blend in to Kuma’s punky atmosphere, but the movie’s jock would prefer burgers with a side of flat-screen TVs at Rockit Burger Bar. The Wrigleyville little brother of the clubby River North spot, Rockit, like its sporty neighbors, blasts Cubs and Bears games for sporty types, but its burgers go far beyond standard pub grub. A wagyu Kobe beef burger, for example, costs a sweet $19, but, with its brie, shallots, and medjool date aioli toppings, it is not kidding around.

Neighborhood spots like DMK Burger Bar and Bad Apple keep popping up, each boasting quality patties with unusual toppings, crafty beer lists, and cool décor. Chicago burgers have been redefined.

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