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Where To Eat Chicken Wings In Chicago

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Chicagoans love their chicken wings no matter what season. Korean, Buffalo, Caribbean, and more — there's a great variety to pluck from all across the city. This group of restaurants represents diversity — there are chicken wing shacks, barbecues, and fine dining restaurants who all respect the power of the wing.

Whether wing lovers need sustenance for a streaming binge, or if a sports fan needs something to nibble during the big game, this list has plenty to offer.

For the October 2018 update, the list was trimmed down to 20 with Bayan Ko, Pacific Standard Time, and Q’s Tips and Wings added to the list. Removals include Barn & Company, Mott Street, and Buffalo Joe’s.

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1. Cafe Orient 33

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4829 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 509-6538
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Cafe Orient 33's Korean-Chinese menu has a separate section detailing its wing offerings. That shows how seriously the restaurant take its craft. The wings come in four sauces, including the Asian 3S.

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2. Great Sea Chinese Restaurant

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3254 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 478-9129
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While seemingly everyone is going crazy for Southeast Asian-style wings, Great Sea has been serving tangy and sweet drumettes for decades. Despite the restaurant's sale, new ownership has carried over the deliciousness and copied the techniques from Great Sea's original owners. Grabbing a bottle of sauce for the road is popular here. Ownership will soon close this location and move across the street.

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3. Bayan Ko

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1810 W Montrose Ave, Chicago
IL 60613, United States
(773) 698-6373
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Bayan Ko is a labor of love in Ravenswood between the co-owners who are Filipino and Cuban. This new restaurant serves crispy wings with a sticky caramel soy-glaze that’s just crazy addicting.

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4. Crisp

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2940 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 697-7610
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Crisp introduced Korean-style wings to a larger audience in Chicago, and there's great satisfaction in ripping into a massive Seoul Sassy wing that's not too spicy nor sticky.

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5. Son of a Butcher by WHISK

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2934 W Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 687-9709
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The team at WHISK took over this Logan Square space in 2016 and took their shot at barbecue fare in conjunction with the previous restaurant, Son of a Butcher. That gives these wings a nice smoky flavor. Try the mango habanero. WHISK also has locations in Wrigleyville and West Town.

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6. Del Seoul

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2568 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 248-4227
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Del Seoul isn't just about Korean tacos. Ownership doubled down when they added wings to their menu, which have a mild garlic-and-ginger glaze that makes them a winner.

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7. Bird's Nest

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2500 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 472-1502
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The people’s choice over near DePaul. This bar, as the name suggests, specializes in wings. They come in traditional Buffalo (Bird’s Nest hot sauce), honey barbecue, barbecue and teriyaki sauces. The two latter can be souped up to hot.

8. Uncle Remus Saucy Fried Chicken

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4650 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60639
(773) 227-1006
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Uncle Remus has three locations in the city and another in the suburbs. Its wings are crispy and batter-fried then smothered with a tangy and spicy sauce.

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9. The Fifty/50

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2047 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 489-5050
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The Fifty/50's wings are the Ivy League item of the set. The Buffalo-style sauce is aged for eight weeks, and the jumbo wings are hormone free at this popular sports bar.

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10. Bounce Sporting Club

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324 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 313-7300
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Everything about this New York import is decadent for a sports bar. Bounce, a multi-level sports club in River North, offers eccentric wings crusted with dust from Flaming Hot Cheetos: it's so wrong that it's right.

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11. Mr. Brown's Lounge

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2301 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 278-4445
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Jerk wings don't get enough love in Chicago, but Mr. Brown's in West Town dishes some of the best in the city, which are a sticky and slightly spicy experience. The location inside the recently renovated St. Jane Hotel inside the Carbide and Carbon Building.

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12. Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

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41 E Superior St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 266-0400
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Levy Restaurants broke the code for chicken wings years ago when they opened Jake Melnick's with a very traditional take on the Buffalo wing. It still remains extremely popular — especially for its wings — which come in nine flavors including PB&J and the XXX which are advertised as the “world’s hottest.”

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13. Pacific Standard Time

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141 W Erie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 736-1778
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Yes, wings are California cool enough to make the menu at the uber-hot Pacific Standard Time in River North. These wings have a Thai-inspired taste with a perfect crunch.

Weekday lunches call for crispy chicken wings. It’s season after all, right?

Posted by Pacific Standard Time Chicago on Thursday, September 13, 2018

14. Output

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1758 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 929-2515
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The variety of wings at Output puts most spots to shame, with unique sauce flavors like lemon pepper and roasted garlic barbecue. It’s right near the United Center in West Town.

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15. Harold's Chicken Shack

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1014 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 733-1401

Most Chicagoans are aware of the prowess of Harold's Chicken Shack. The wings take that flavor that comes from being fried in beef fat in small portions. Slather them in some hot sauce for a real treat.

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16. Reggie's Rock Club

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2109 S State St
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 949-0121
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Yes — even a rock club with a vinyl store can put out good food. The barbecue flavor is the go-to at Reggie's, a South Loop staple with a rooftop deck.

17. Bonchon

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2163 S Chinatown Place
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 877-5822
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Bonchon, a cult favorite Korean chicken wing chain, arrived in Chicago to long lines in Chinatown. The restaurant features wings with a soy glaze that isn't very messy. It's not the spiciest wing, but there's tons of flavor and in just a year Bonchon is among Chicago's best wings. There’s also locations in Wicker Park and suburban Glenview.

18. Kimski's

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960 W 31st St
Chicago, IL 60608
(773) 890-0588
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Kimski, the South Side's Korean-Polish mashup connected to Maria's Packaged Goods and Community Bar, once again blurs the line between genres. These aren't clones of other Korean wings Chicagoans will see around town. The Kopo wings have a nice smokiness and aren't as crisp as pressure-fried wings.

19. Buffalo Wings & Rings

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3434 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60608
(773) 579-9464
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Though it's a national chain, most eaters can't deny Buffalo Wings & Rings place among the city's finest wings. The Bridgeport one is close to Sox Park, and there are two suburban locations, too. There's a variety of sauces and flavoring, but bourbon barbecue is the one to gravitate toward.

Enjoy 79¢ Boneless Wings @bwrchicago Every Tuesday! #BourbonMild #NoFilter #WeDoubleDipDareYou

Posted by Buffalo Wings & Rings on Tuesday, January 23, 2018

20. Chicago Wings Around the World

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557 E 75th St
Chicago, IL 60619
(773) 952-4795

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the flavor possibilities at Wings Around The World. Ownership takes a Baskin Robbins approach with 34 flavors, trying to represent flavors around the...globe? If eaters are feeling saucy, try the “Cosmic Curry,” but the Buffalo and honey barbecue are great versions of traditional favorites.

Posted by Julia Knuth Brewer on Wednesday, May 30, 2018

21. Q's Tips & Wings Bar B Que

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2517 W 79th St
Chicago, IL 60652
(773) 912-6498
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While links and rib tips are popular at Q’s Tips & Wings, the lightly battered wings pack a punch with some delectable heat.

Posted by Q's Tips & Wings BBQ on Monday, May 23, 2016

22. Hienie's Shrimp House

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10359 S Torrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60617
(773) 734-8400

The wings at Hienie's, which has been around since 1947, really is a testament to the shack's famed hot sauce, a bright orange concoction that's available for sale by the bottle. These wings are battered and fried. Bring a bib.

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1. Cafe Orient 33

4829 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
Cafe Orient 33/Facebook

Cafe Orient 33's Korean-Chinese menu has a separate section detailing its wing offerings. That shows how seriously the restaurant take its craft. The wings come in four sauces, including the Asian 3S.

4829 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

2. Great Sea Chinese Restaurant

3254 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
Great Sea Chinese Restaurant/Facebook

While seemingly everyone is going crazy for Southeast Asian-style wings, Great Sea has been serving tangy and sweet drumettes for decades. Despite the restaurant's sale, new ownership has carried over the deliciousness and copied the techniques from Great Sea's original owners. Grabbing a bottle of sauce for the road is popular here. Ownership will soon close this location and move across the street.

3254 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

3. Bayan Ko

1810 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613, United States
Bayan Ko’s wings
Ashok Selvam/Eater Chicago

Bayan Ko is a labor of love in Ravenswood between the co-owners who are Filipino and Cuban. This new restaurant serves crispy wings with a sticky caramel soy-glaze that’s just crazy addicting.

1810 W Montrose Ave, Chicago
IL 60613, United States

4. Crisp

2940 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657
Crisp/Facebook

Crisp introduced Korean-style wings to a larger audience in Chicago, and there's great satisfaction in ripping into a massive Seoul Sassy wing that's not too spicy nor sticky.

2940 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657

5. Son of a Butcher by WHISK

2934 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Son of a Butcher by WHISK/Facebook

The team at WHISK took over this Logan Square space in 2016 and took their shot at barbecue fare in conjunction with the previous restaurant, Son of a Butcher. That gives these wings a nice smoky flavor. Try the mango habanero. WHISK also has locations in Wrigleyville and West Town.

2934 W Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

6. Del Seoul

2568 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
Del Seoul/Facebook

Del Seoul isn't just about Korean tacos. Ownership doubled down when they added wings to their menu, which have a mild garlic-and-ginger glaze that makes them a winner.

2568 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614

7. Bird's Nest

2500 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

The people’s choice over near DePaul. This bar, as the name suggests, specializes in wings. They come in traditional Buffalo (Bird’s Nest hot sauce), honey barbecue, barbecue and teriyaki sauces. The two latter can be souped up to hot.

2500 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

8. Uncle Remus Saucy Fried Chicken

4650 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60639
Uncle Remus [Official Photo]

Uncle Remus has three locations in the city and another in the suburbs. Its wings are crispy and batter-fried then smothered with a tangy and spicy sauce.

4650 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60639

9. The Fifty/50

2047 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
The Fifty/50/Facebook

The Fifty/50's wings are the Ivy League item of the set. The Buffalo-style sauce is aged for eight weeks, and the jumbo wings are hormone free at this popular sports bar.

2047 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

10. Bounce Sporting Club

324 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60654
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Everything about this New York import is decadent for a sports bar. Bounce, a multi-level sports club in River North, offers eccentric wings crusted with dust from Flaming Hot Cheetos: it's so wrong that it's right.

324 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60654

11. Mr. Brown's Lounge

2301 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Mr. Brown’s Lounge/Facebook

Jerk wings don't get enough love in Chicago, but Mr. Brown's in West Town dishes some of the best in the city, which are a sticky and slightly spicy experience. The location inside the recently renovated St. Jane Hotel inside the Carbide and Carbon Building.

2301 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

12. Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

41 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611
Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap/Facebook

Levy Restaurants broke the code for chicken wings years ago when they opened Jake Melnick's with a very traditional take on the Buffalo wing. It still remains extremely popular — especially for its wings — which come in nine flavors including PB&J and the XXX which are advertised as the “world’s hottest.”

41 E Superior St
Chicago, IL 60611

13. Pacific Standard Time

141 W Erie St, Chicago, IL 60654

Yes, wings are California cool enough to make the menu at the uber-hot Pacific Standard Time in River North. These wings have a Thai-inspired taste with a perfect crunch.

141 W Erie St
Chicago, IL 60654

14. Output

1758 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Output/Facebook

The variety of wings at Output puts most spots to shame, with unique sauce flavors like lemon pepper and roasted garlic barbecue. It’s right near the United Center in West Town.

1758 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

15. Harold's Chicken Shack

1014 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60612
Jenn T./Yelp

Most Chicagoans are aware of the prowess of Harold's Chicken Shack. The wings take that flavor that comes from being fried in beef fat in small portions. Slather them in some hot sauce for a real treat.

1014 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60612

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16. Reggie's Rock Club

2109 S State St, Chicago, IL 60616

Yes — even a rock club with a vinyl store can put out good food. The barbecue flavor is the go-to at Reggie's, a South Loop staple with a rooftop deck.

2109 S State St
Chicago, IL 60616

17. Bonchon

2163 S Chinatown Place, Chicago, IL 60616

Bonchon, a cult favorite Korean chicken wing chain, arrived in Chicago to long lines in Chinatown. The restaurant features wings with a soy glaze that isn't very messy. It's not the spiciest wing, but there's tons of flavor and in just a year Bonchon is among Chicago's best wings. There’s also locations in Wicker Park and suburban Glenview.

2163 S Chinatown Place
Chicago, IL 60616

18. Kimski's

960 W 31st St, Chicago, IL 60608

Kimski, the South Side's Korean-Polish mashup connected to Maria's Packaged Goods and Community Bar, once again blurs the line between genres. These aren't clones of other Korean wings Chicagoans will see around town. The Kopo wings have a nice smokiness and aren't as crisp as pressure-fried wings.

960 W 31st St
Chicago, IL 60608

19. Buffalo Wings & Rings

3434 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608

Though it's a national chain, most eaters can't deny Buffalo Wings & Rings place among the city's finest wings. The Bridgeport one is close to Sox Park, and there are two suburban locations, too. There's a variety of sauces and flavoring, but bourbon barbecue is the one to gravitate toward.

3434 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60608

20. Chicago Wings Around the World

557 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the flavor possibilities at Wings Around The World. Ownership takes a Baskin Robbins approach with 34 flavors, trying to represent flavors around the...globe? If eaters are feeling saucy, try the “Cosmic Curry,” but the Buffalo and honey barbecue are great versions of traditional favorites.

557 E 75th St
Chicago, IL 60619

21. Q's Tips & Wings Bar B Que

2517 W 79th St, Chicago, IL 60652

While links and rib tips are popular at Q’s Tips & Wings, the lightly battered wings pack a punch with some delectable heat.

2517 W 79th St
Chicago, IL 60652

22. Hienie's Shrimp House

10359 S Torrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60617

The wings at Hienie's, which has been around since 1947, really is a testament to the shack's famed hot sauce, a bright orange concoction that's available for sale by the bottle. These wings are battered and fried. Bring a bib.

10359 S Torrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60617

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