Party Earth Review A haven for beer and burger lovers, neighborhood favorite The Bad Apple combines a sizeable drinks list with a gut-busting menu of gourmet beef sure to satiate even the hungriest hipster, college student, or area yuppie. Sure, there are a few fancy sandwiches available like seared pork belly and braised brisket, but most ... more
4300 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618
Party Earth Review Just steps away from a stretch of the city’s rowdiest sports bars, Rockit Burger Bar offers hearty pub grub, live music, and a slightly more laid-back vibe in an upscale, but still sports-focused, environment. Much like its original sister bar in River North, Rockit in Wrigleyville is known for its energetic yet easygoing ... more
3700 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60613
Bar / Burger Joint
Party Earth Review The owner of well-known Chicago restaurant MK (think sophisticated American grub at eye-popping prices) and the guy behind national chain Morton’s Steakhouse (over seventy locations and counting) hooked up one night…and their beefy love-child was DMK Burger Bar. Although the restaurant is perpetually busy, anyone expecting ... more
2954 North Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
Party Earth Review The famed burgers are almost all named for heavy metal bands, so patrons at Kuma’s Corner are as likely to hear Black Sabbath as they are to eat it. BDSM and pinup artwork line the orange walls of this always-hopping single-room joint, though most of the artsy portraits aren’t as tatted as the regular metal heads and punk ... more
2900 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618
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.