DMK Burger Bar

Bar / Burger Joint
DMK Burger Bar DMK Burger Bar in Chicago's Lakeview is a bustling burger joint with amazing gourmet burgers. Come get a messy protein fix in Chicago with Party Earth. Chicago United States 41.936082 -87.654331
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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... ... read full review

  • Train:

    Brown, Purple Lines: Wellington

  • Phone:

    773-360-8686

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Daily 11:30am–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth DMK Burger Bar Review

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DMK Burger Bar in Chicago's Lakeview is a bustling burger joint with amazing gourmet burgers. Come get a messy protein fix in Chicago with Party Earth.

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 even a glimmer of MK swank inside this cavernous venue will be disappointed. In fact, the only fancy things in this industrial space are the grass-fed beef patties bursting between freshly baked buns.

Rows of sleek black tables host a wide variety of meat lovers, from rowdy university kids and preppy young professionals to average Joes, all eating and chatting between gulps of craft beer.

A larger group table lit by a pair of chic modern chandeliers provides a bit of elbow room in back, but since reservations aren’t accepted, most guests are seated at any available seat, where they can get to know their neighbors over plates of signature sweet potato fries.

Burgers are listed only by number – the 1 with smoked bacon and balsamic, the 3 topped with pastrami and gruyere, etc. – though patrons who have already worked through the fourteen-plus options can choose from the newest specials tacked next to the beer-of-the-month menu on the exposed brick walls.

Whether it’s a family with kids in tow, a festive group of young friends, or just someone with a serious protein deficiency, finding a tasty feast at DMK Burger Bar is as easy as (ordering) 1, 2, 3…

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Tip from Emma:

There’s one burger on the menu that isn’t just a number: the ‘Holy Guac-aioli Burger,” a messy combination of chorizo, guacamole, and chipotle aioli. And don’t forget – if you’re really hungry, you can make any burger a double for $3 or plop an egg on it for a measly buck! If you like it then you should have put an egg on it; if you like it then you should have put an egg on it!

  • Crowd

    Meat lovers, lunch buddies looking to chow down, hungry students from nearby DePaul University, young families, and blue- and white- collar burger fans alike, early 20s to mid-40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Two TVs showcase classic movies or sports. Mainly classic rock on the sound system.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Around fourteen unconventional burgers made with grass-fed beef and served on freshly baked buns, including veggie, turkey, and salmon burgers. All patties can be substituted with turkey or a crispy Portobello mushroom. Other menu items include a “big salad,” crunchy onion strings, creamy and wasabi coleslaw, and macaroni & cheese.

    A portion of the proceeds from monthly specials are usually donated to local charities.

    Second location in Oakwood/Lombard.

    Reservations not accepted.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $2–$5, burgers $9+, macaroni & cheese $7, fries $2–$6, salads $8–$11. Beer $3–$16, wine $8–$9/glass or $15–$50/bottle, cocktails $4–$11, shots $5–$8, sodas and shakes $3–$5.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to business casual: sports jerseys, t-shirts, jeans, collared shirts, flip-flops, sneakers, blouses, tank tops, comfy jackets, button-downs.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Weekends for a guaranteed bustling and lively house – and a wait.

  • Close By

    Fish Bar (2956 North Sheffield Avenue) is right next door and provides a seafood alternative to DMK's burger menu.

DMK Burger Bar User Reviews

Average rating:
Stand out burger joint located at the unassuming Wellington Brown Line stop, between Diversey and Belmont
lawrence g. Mar 3, 2013
The music in DMK creates the sense that the place is always full of people having a good time. Depending on your point of view, it’s potentially lively or too loud. Regardless of your opinion on the decibel level, the burgers are delicious. The standard burger is buried among a variety of more adventurous creations with toppings like pastrami, gruyere, sauerkraut, and Leroy’s remoulade. For the novelty seeker, there is a rotating monthly burger, an inventive cocktail list, and a variety of curious non-alcoholic drinks, like blueberry lemonade. I prefer the lamb burger and parmesan truffle fries, both of which are exquisite. I would rather have them at DMK than anywhere else. DMK Burger is a restaurant with an adroit menu and an atmosphere that appeals to an outgoing crowd without turning off their more diverse clientele.
Plenty of options at this popular spot
Maria S. Feb 26, 2013
While asking for directions to DMK, the woman said "enjoy standing in line." Luckily, we grabbed the last table. The line speaks to the popularity of this place. There are a variety of different grass-fed options, as well as non-meat options. Overall, they offer a unique twist on your standard burger, as well as multiple side and milkshake options. It appears to be a fan favorite for all ages.
Great place!
Sarah B. Nov 14, 2012
They don't take reservations, so go early or really late. Amazing chocolate milkshakes, to die for. Good selection of burgers, all different types (even have a grilled cheese option). Basic meal all around. Fun for friends, young atmosphere
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