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Art Smith's chicken and waffles are pretty famous
Art Smith's chicken and waffles are pretty famous
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18 Delicious Chicken & Waffles in Chicago to Try Right Now, Mapped

Because fried chicken with sweet sweet waffles is a genius combination

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Art Smith's chicken and waffles are pretty famous
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What once may have appeared to be a strange combination of dishes, chicken and waffles is like that clash of opposites in Yin-Yang fashion — a perfect fit for one another. Is the appeal because of the textural combination of soft and crunchy? Or the sweet and salty flavors? Or perhaps spicy and buttery? There flavor profiles associated with chicken and waffles are some that even the most unadventurous diner could find appealing.

In Chicago, not only can you get chicken and waffles in any part of the city, but you can get them from a wide array of restaurants that range from the Michelin-rated to hole-in-the-wall. You'll find yourself dining at a 1990s-themed diner or at an upscale River North restaurant —and everything in between — to explore what Chicago has to offer with chicken and waffles. Be sure to dive into the variety of flavors and share your favorites. Listed in alphabetical order.

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Batter & Berries

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This Lincoln Park mainstay is popular among the locals, DePaul students, and is a destination for people around the city. They are best known for their uniquely delicious sweet potato waffles with fried chicken, topped with nutmeg hot sauce and maple butter – certainly a clash worth willing to try. Wait times can be long, so get there early.

Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

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Chef Art Smith’s evolution of Table 52 into Blue Door Kitchen & Garden has bode well for those who love southern hospitality and the food that comes with it. The chicken and waffles here are no exception – you get a classically fried chicken on top a thick and fluffy, buttery waffle. Only choice you really need is how much maple syrup to pour on.

Breakfast House

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This West Town/Ukrainian Village breakfast spot serves breakfast with Latin flare, but Ecuadorian chef Jaime Jara decided to keep the chicken and waffles simple and to the point. The crispy fried chicken on top of a thick Belgian waffle will inspire you to try some of their other unique menu items.

Bubba's Famous Fried Chicken

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Just outside of the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago, Bubba’s Famous Fried Chicken offers South Siders an opportunity to enjoy the distinctive combination of flavors that are unique to chicken and waffles. Unlike most places on this list, Bubba’s chicken is broasted, fried, and you have a choice between bone-in chicken or tenders with your waffles.

Chicago's Home Of Chicken & Waffles

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As the name would suggest, this South Side gem located in the heart of Bronzeville is mostly dedicated to chicken and waffles. Their thin and crispy waffles provide balance with thick pieces of fried chicken. If chicken isn’t your thing, you can get fried fish and waffles instead for an equally unique experience.

Chicken & Farm Shop

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Tucked away inside the Soho House in the West Loop, Chicken & Farm Shop dedicates itself to free-range, organic chicken. The buttermilk fried chicken is thick and crispy like it’s waffle counterpart, all dusted with powdered sugar – a great blend of sweet, buttery and savory flavors.

Dusek's

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Corn waffles and buttermilk fried chicken with pepper syrup – the epitome of flavors clashing and what makes chicken and waffles such a joy to eat. This Pilsen favorite has been at the forefront of the evolving neighborhood, which in part, represents the ever evolving food at Dusek’s.

If chicken and waffles weren’t enough for you, then how about chicken, waffles, candied bacon and spiced pecans? Fork, in Ravenswood, is where you can go overboard in all the right directions for what is truly an unforgettable chicken and waffles experience.

GT Fish and Oyster

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Chef Giuseppe Tentori, of Boka fame, has his hands in a variety of things. His popular River North restaurant is known for its variety of fish-inspired dishes and incredibly fresh oysters, so you wouldn’t immediately assume their brunch menu features one the best chicken and waffle dishes in the city. Sweetened with maplewood syrup, you’ll be glad you gave it a go.

Hash House A Go Go

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A tower of sage-fried chicken on top of a tower of waffle wedges – all held together by a large knife. Creativity has no boundaries at this popular Near North Side spot. Hash House A Go Go adds fragrant herbs to an already complex flavor combination that could stop you from sharing with your friends.

This Lakeview mainstay and River North expansion separates itself from the rest of the pack by serving up crispy chicken tenders on a bed of fluffy waffles with green chiles, bacon butter, and cheddar cheese — a southern style on an already southern-style dish. A huge selection of cocktails go great with this variation of chicken and waffles.

A little on the unconventional side when it comes to chicken and waffles, Jam, in Logan Square, uses a boneless fried chicken thigh with pickled parsnips on top of a sour dough waffle, as well as a rotating selection of waffle specials. Perhaps it’s this haute cuisine rendition of chicken and waffles by chef Jeffrey Mauro that earned Jam four Michelin Bib Gourmands.

Longman & Eagle

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Logan Square is where you can get Michelin-starred chicken and waffles. Simple fried chicken on a bed of thin waffles and sweet potato pork belly hash is perfect for someone who loves this clash of dishes, or for someone who is new to the game. Longman & Eagle is known for this brunch specialty.

Luella’s Southern Kitchen

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Nashville hot fried chicken on an apple cider waffle – this is all you need to know, go try it now. Actually, it is a great contrast of heat and sweet, bite after bite. This soul food southern kitchen in Lincoln Square will grab the attention of any person who’s apprehensive about the idea of chicken and waffles.

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MAD Social

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The versatility of chicken and waffles are further explored at MAD Social in the West Loop. Milanese-style fried chicken is placed on a sweet churro waffle for a Latin twist. To top it off, crispy slices of pork belly are laid on the chicken with a side of MAD hot sauce and maple syrup.

Mother Clucker's

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Back to the basics at this popular Sauganash joint – broasted chicken on a bed of Belgian waffles. Mother Cluckers keeps chicken and waffles simple and to the point without missing a beat. Fast and casual, you’ll have your chicken and waffle needs satisfied without being overly complex. Perfect for someone who’s apprehensive or new to chicken and waffles.

Saved by the Max

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Fans of the hit 1990s show, Saved by the Bell, are skipping class and heading to Wicker Park to indulge in a pop-up restaurant that’s dedicated to the famous diner hangout – The Max. Whether you loved the show or not, there’s no denying that Tori’s Chicken and Waffles is one of the most unique for a variety of reasons; Korean fried chicken, coconut milk waffles, Goose Island 312 infusion and spiced maple syrup. This pop-up is in its final semester – ending May 2017!

This modern churrascaria on the Near North Side hits you with unlimited buffalo chicken and waffles as part of their brunch buffet. Delicately fried chicken soaked in spicy buffalo sauce as it soaks into a buttery two-bite waffle will have you addicted and wanting more. Cool the spice with the hot maple syrup for a unique clash of flavors.

Batter & Berries

This Lincoln Park mainstay is popular among the locals, DePaul students, and is a destination for people around the city. They are best known for their uniquely delicious sweet potato waffles with fried chicken, topped with nutmeg hot sauce and maple butter – certainly a clash worth willing to try. Wait times can be long, so get there early.

Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

Chef Art Smith’s evolution of Table 52 into Blue Door Kitchen & Garden has bode well for those who love southern hospitality and the food that comes with it. The chicken and waffles here are no exception – you get a classically fried chicken on top a thick and fluffy, buttery waffle. Only choice you really need is how much maple syrup to pour on.

Breakfast House

This West Town/Ukrainian Village breakfast spot serves breakfast with Latin flare, but Ecuadorian chef Jaime Jara decided to keep the chicken and waffles simple and to the point. The crispy fried chicken on top of a thick Belgian waffle will inspire you to try some of their other unique menu items.

Bubba's Famous Fried Chicken

Just outside of the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago, Bubba’s Famous Fried Chicken offers South Siders an opportunity to enjoy the distinctive combination of flavors that are unique to chicken and waffles. Unlike most places on this list, Bubba’s chicken is broasted, fried, and you have a choice between bone-in chicken or tenders with your waffles.

Chicago's Home Of Chicken & Waffles

As the name would suggest, this South Side gem located in the heart of Bronzeville is mostly dedicated to chicken and waffles. Their thin and crispy waffles provide balance with thick pieces of fried chicken. If chicken isn’t your thing, you can get fried fish and waffles instead for an equally unique experience.

Chicken & Farm Shop

Tucked away inside the Soho House in the West Loop, Chicken & Farm Shop dedicates itself to free-range, organic chicken. The buttermilk fried chicken is thick and crispy like it’s waffle counterpart, all dusted with powdered sugar – a great blend of sweet, buttery and savory flavors.

Dusek's

Corn waffles and buttermilk fried chicken with pepper syrup – the epitome of flavors clashing and what makes chicken and waffles such a joy to eat. This Pilsen favorite has been at the forefront of the evolving neighborhood, which in part, represents the ever evolving food at Dusek’s.

Fork

If chicken and waffles weren’t enough for you, then how about chicken, waffles, candied bacon and spiced pecans? Fork, in Ravenswood, is where you can go overboard in all the right directions for what is truly an unforgettable chicken and waffles experience.

GT Fish and Oyster

Chef Giuseppe Tentori, of Boka fame, has his hands in a variety of things. His popular River North restaurant is known for its variety of fish-inspired dishes and incredibly fresh oysters, so you wouldn’t immediately assume their brunch menu features one the best chicken and waffle dishes in the city. Sweetened with maplewood syrup, you’ll be glad you gave it a go.

Hash House A Go Go

A tower of sage-fried chicken on top of a tower of waffle wedges – all held together by a large knife. Creativity has no boundaries at this popular Near North Side spot. Hash House A Go Go adds fragrant herbs to an already complex flavor combination that could stop you from sharing with your friends.