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Soule’s jerk chicken wings are top notch.
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Where to Eat Chicken Wings in Chicago

Chicken wings for all tastes and occasions

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Soule’s jerk chicken wings are top notch.
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Chicagoans love their chicken wings no matter the season. Korean, Buffalo, jerk, and more — there's a great variety to pluck from all across the city. There are chicken wing shacks, barbecues, and fine dining restaurants which 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. Many would argue that a wing is just a vehicle for a great sauce, but there’s more to it. Wing size is something to keep an eye on, as some once-great chicken joints cut corners and switched to skimpy wings.

  • The November 2020 update added Nita’s Gumbo, Soule, Table, Donkey & Stick, and Beck’s. Slab BBQ, Bounce Sporting Club, Kimski, and Hienie’s were removed.
  • The January 2020 update added Chiya Chai, Cleo’s Southern Cuisine, Fifty/50, Perilla, Phlavz, and Surf’s Up. Bayan Ko, Bird’s Nest, Buffalo Wings & Rings, Mr. Brown’s Lounge, Pacific Standard Time, Reggie’s Rock Club, Q’s Tips and Wings, and Veggie Grill were removed to allow for some new blood.
  • The February 2019 update added Landbirds, HaiSous, Casa Indigo, Veggie Grill, and Full Slab. Cafe Orient 33 and Son of a Butcher by WHISK were removed due to closures. And Harold’s Chicken Shack was removed because no one can agree on the best location (and Uncle Remus is comparable).

As of October 30, Chicago restaurants can no longer serve customers indoors. Still, a number of Chicago restaurants have outdoor seating. The state now requires reservations for patio dining. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. Great Sea Restaurant

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3253 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 founders. Grabbing a bottle of sauce for the road is popular here. The restaurant relocated to a building across the street from the original space in April.

2. 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. These are full wings that aren’t separated.

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3. Chiya Chai Cafe

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2770 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 360-7541
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Chiya Chai may serve some of the best teas in Chicago, but its easy to forget that the kitchen produces some delicious Nepalese and Indian dishes too. Neither of those countries are known for chicken wings, but the restaurant’s “Hot Curry Wings” are slightly sticky with a tamarind, cumin, and ginger. They’re well balanced without too much heat. Order green chutney as a side to complete the experience in Logan Square.

Chiya Chai’s “Hot Curry Wings”
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4. 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. They’re served lollipop style.

Need a real crowd pleaser for Sunday’s big game? Here you go. Now taking orders for our famous K-town wings! 773-248-4227 : @ardellski

Posted by Del Seoul - Chicago on Thursday, January 30, 2020

5. Landbirds

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2532 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 697-7107
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Landbirds is a Logan Square wing emporium that specializes in lollipop-style, deep-fried wings. The chicken is then spun in a choice of house sauces. The sticky rice will come in handy if customers order them super spicy.

REMINDER!! Get your party tray preorders in for the Super Bowl!! We will only be open for pickup on 2/2 and there will be no orders taken the day of! #LANDBIRDS

Posted by Landbirds on Tuesday, January 28, 2020

6. Beck's Chicago

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2201 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 661-1573
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The owner of Toon’s in Lakeview opened another bar at the intersection of Clybourn and Webster, next to deep-dish saviors Pequod’s. It would be a power move to order a pizza there and wings from Beck’s, as ownership brought over the same Buffalo wings to Lincoln Park. The sauce has just enough stickiness and the wings are fried to perfection. The bar has a patio, but the wings are also available for carryout.

7. Table, Donkey and Stick

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2728 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 486-8525
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Table, Donkey, and Stick serves choice sliced meats and cheeses in a chalet-like setting in Logan Square. COVID-19 has ruined any chance of experiencing that atmosphere during the pandemic and ownership pivoted toward a carryout and delivery pizza model. To complement its Sicilian pies, TDS brought be a crowd favorite: It’s duck-confit Buffalo wings. This proves technique can make a difference with wonderfully tender jumbo chicken wings with a tangy and buttery sauce. These might be the best Buffalo wings in the city, a small consolation that is now available due to the awfulness of the pandemic.

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Buffalo wings are back!

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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.

A plate of sauce-covered chicken wings
Uncle Remus’ sauce is tangy and spicy.
Uncle Remus [Official Photo]

9. The Fifty/50

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2047 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 489-5050
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Wicker Park’s venerable sports bar keeps on going, even as the neighborhood goes increasingly family friendly. It’s all about the wings here, available in traditional fried or smoked. There’s a variety of sauces, but the “OG Buffalo” is the best.

A plate of Buffalo wings with celery and carrots and ramekins of ranch dressing.
Fifty/50’s chicken wings come fried or smoked
Sarah Zelman/Fifty/50 Restaurant Group

10. Soulé

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1931 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 526-3825
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Jerk seasoning can be a gimmick when not executed well. There are no gimmicks at Soule in West Town, where a compact menu produces tangy collards, fried or blackened catfish, and some of the best shrimp and grits in the city. The jerk wings are also flavorful with nice hints of clove and nutmeg give way to a little heat. Open for takeout. Note: Soule is closed until December 1.

11. 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.”

Bring on the wings & bloodies and watch the Big Game today at Jake’s

Posted by Jake Melnick's Corner Tap on Sunday, January 26, 2020

12. 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. There’s also a location close to Wrigley Field.

13. Perilla | korean american fare

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401 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 243-3344
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Perilla, which took over the San Sao Korean BBQ in River West, is a modern take on Korean food from the perspective of those born in America. The wings come in the form of Korean fried chicken. The glaze is sticky and thick, with the appropriate levels of ginger, sweet, and spice — the perfect example that Perilla is about more than grilled items. 

A circular dish with wing topped with scallions, and flanked by cubed radishes.
Perilla’s Korean Fried Chicken is memorable.
Perilla Korean American Fare [Official Photo]

14. Phlavz Bar & Grille

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717 W Maxwell St
Chicago, IL 60607
(773) 717-7979
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Just before the New Year, Phlavz opened in University Village, as the ownership — which ran a jerk chicken truck — graduated to restaurant status. The wings have great flavor (it’s a little disappointing that they’re so tiny, ownership should work on that) and are blackened with that familiar jerk seasoning. The jerk sauce on the side is a secret weapon: sweet, tart, and with a touch of heat. These are quality chicken wings.

Wings with fries in a checkered wrapped basket.
Phlavz’s chicken wings
Ashok Selvam/Eater Chicago

15. HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen

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1800 S Carpenter St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 702-1303
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HaiSous and the more casual Cà Phê Đá next door both serve these terrific crispy wings which come on a bed of rice. They’re kept whole and coated with a sticky glaze that packs some umami thanks to the fish sauce. Aromatic herbs augment the experience and there’s the fun of tearing the wings in half. They’re also available at ownership’s stall inside Time Out Market on Fulton Market.

16. 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 aren't very messy. It's not the spiciest wing, but there's tons of flavor. There are also locations in Wicker Park and suburban Glenview.

Sauwze gang.

Posted by Bonchon on Friday, December 6, 2019

17. Cleo's Southern Cuisine

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4248 S Cottage Grove Ave
Chicago, IL 60653
(773) 633-2757
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In 2019, Cleo’s Southern Cuisine opened in Bronzeville serving Creole and Southern food. The restaurant’s signature dish may be its chicken and waffles, which feature fried chicken breaded with a very tasty coat of seasonings. Customers will get full-sized wings with the options to get one of five sauces drizzled on top. The best is the “honey hot,” which won’t make diners sweat and allows them to enjoy the crunchy chicken underneath. All the sauces are delicious, and it would be prudent to ask for them on the side.

The wings from Cleo’s Southern Cuisine.
Ashok Selvam/Eater Chicago

18. Surf's Up South Shore

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2236 E 71st St
Chicago, IL 60649
(773) 891-5544
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There are several locations of Surf’s Up including in Oak Park, Bronzeville, and South Shore. And a newish one in Old Town. Seafood is the focal point — they even serve vegan “shrimp.” But throughout the years, they’ve made a name for themselves with their Hennessy chicken wings, which come in a sticky orange sauce made with the popular cognac. The sweetness is apparent, and the chicken is plump. Let the wings cool down before consuming. It has nothing to do with burning the roof of your mouth. Give the sauce a chance to cool down and caramelize. The wings taste better.

19. 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.

20. Nita's Gumbo

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8100 S Stony Island Ave
Chicago, IL 60617
(773) 734-2788
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Nita’s Gumbo has two locations, one in Avalon Park and a second in suburban Country Club Hills. Gumbo is the specialty of the house. But what if someone could combine gumbo and wings into one dish? Well, Nita’s Gumbo is innovating. The sauced the wings are tossed in are what amounts to be a “cajun roux,” and they come in various spice levels. Nita’s has created a unique and addicting taste.

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1. Great Sea Restaurant

3253 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

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 founders. Grabbing a bottle of sauce for the road is popular here. The restaurant relocated to a building across the street from the original space in April.

3253 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

2. Crisp

2940 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657

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. These are full wings that aren’t separated.

2940 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657

3. Chiya Chai Cafe

2770 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Chiya Chai’s “Hot Curry Wings”
Ashok Selvam/Eater Chicago

Chiya Chai may serve some of the best teas in Chicago, but its easy to forget that the kitchen produces some delicious Nepalese and Indian dishes too. Neither of those countries are known for chicken wings, but the restaurant’s “Hot Curry Wings” are slightly sticky with a tamarind, cumin, and ginger. They’re well balanced without too much heat. Order green chutney as a side to complete the experience in Logan Square.

2770 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

4. Del Seoul

2568 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614

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. They’re served lollipop style.

2568 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614

5. Landbirds

2532 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Landbirds is a Logan Square wing emporium that specializes in lollipop-style, deep-fried wings. The chicken is then spun in a choice of house sauces. The sticky rice will come in handy if customers order them super spicy.

2532 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

6. Beck's Chicago

2201 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

The owner of Toon’s in Lakeview opened another bar at the intersection of Clybourn and Webster, next to deep-dish saviors Pequod’s. It would be a power move to order a pizza there and wings from Beck’s, as ownership brought over the same Buffalo wings to Lincoln Park. The sauce has just enough stickiness and the wings are fried to perfection. The bar has a patio, but the wings are also available for carryout.

2201 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

7. Table, Donkey and Stick

2728 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Table, Donkey, and Stick serves choice sliced meats and cheeses in a chalet-like setting in Logan Square. COVID-19 has ruined any chance of experiencing that atmosphere during the pandemic and ownership pivoted toward a carryout and delivery pizza model. To complement its Sicilian pies, TDS brought be a crowd favorite: It’s duck-confit Buffalo wings. This proves technique can make a difference with wonderfully tender jumbo chicken wings with a tangy and buttery sauce. These might be the best Buffalo wings in the city, a small consolation that is now available due to the awfulness of the pandemic.

2728 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

8. Uncle Remus Saucy Fried Chicken

4650 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60639
A plate of sauce-covered chicken wings
Uncle Remus’ sauce is tangy and spicy.
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
A plate of Buffalo wings with celery and carrots and ramekins of ranch dressing.
Fifty/50’s chicken wings come fried or smoked
Sarah Zelman/Fifty/50 Restaurant Group

Wicker Park’s venerable sports bar keeps on going, even as the neighborhood goes increasingly family friendly. It’s all about the wings here, available in traditional fried or smoked. There’s a variety of sauces, but the “OG Buffalo” is the best.

2047 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

10. Soulé

1931 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Jerk seasoning can be a gimmick when not executed well. There are no gimmicks at Soule in West Town, where a compact menu produces tangy collards, fried or blackened catfish, and some of the best shrimp and grits in the city. The jerk wings are also flavorful with nice hints of clove and nutmeg give way to a little heat. Open for takeout. Note: Soule is closed until December 1.

1931 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

11. Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

41 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611

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

12. Output

1758 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

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. There’s also a location close to Wrigley Field.

1758 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

13. Perilla | korean american fare

401 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60654
A circular dish with wing topped with scallions, and flanked by cubed radishes.
Perilla’s Korean Fried Chicken is memorable.
Perilla Korean American Fare [Official Photo]

Perilla, which took over the San Sao Korean BBQ in River West, is a modern take on Korean food from the perspective of those born in America. The wings come in the form of Korean fried chicken. The glaze is sticky and thick, with the appropriate levels of ginger, sweet, and spice — the perfect example that Perilla is about more than grilled items. 

401 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60654

14. Phlavz Bar & Grille

717 W Maxwell St, Chicago, IL 60607
Wings with fries in a checkered wrapped basket.
Phlavz’s chicken wings
Ashok Selvam/Eater Chicago

Just before the New Year, Phlavz opened in University Village, as the ownership — which ran a jerk chicken truck — graduated to restaurant status. The wings have great flavor (it’s a little disappointing that they’re so tiny, ownership should work on that) and are blackened with that familiar jerk seasoning. The jerk sauce on the side is a secret weapon: sweet, tart, and with a touch of heat. These are quality chicken wings.

717 W Maxwell St
Chicago, IL 60607

15. HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen

1800 S Carpenter St, Chicago, IL 60608

HaiSous and the more casual Cà Phê Đá next door both serve these terrific crispy wings which come on a bed of rice. They’re kept whole and coated with a sticky glaze that packs some umami thanks to the fish sauce. Aromatic herbs augment the experience and there’s the fun of tearing the wings in half. They’re also available at ownership’s stall inside Time Out Market on Fulton Market.

1800 S Carpenter St
Chicago, IL 60608

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16. 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 aren't very messy. It's not the spiciest wing, but there's tons of flavor. There are also locations in Wicker Park and suburban Glenview.

2163 S Chinatown Place
Chicago, IL 60616

17. Cleo's Southern Cuisine

4248 S Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, IL 60653
The wings from Cleo’s Southern Cuisine.
Ashok Selvam/Eater Chicago

In 2019, Cleo’s Southern Cuisine opened in Bronzeville serving Creole and Southern food. The restaurant’s signature dish may be its chicken and waffles, which feature fried chicken breaded with a very tasty coat of seasonings. Customers will get full-sized wings with the options to get one of five sauces drizzled on top. The best is the “honey hot,” which won’t make diners sweat and allows them to enjoy the crunchy chicken underneath. All the sauces are delicious, and it would be prudent to ask for them on the side.

4248 S Cottage Grove Ave
Chicago, IL 60653

18. Surf's Up South Shore

2236 E 71st St, Chicago, IL 60649

There are several locations of Surf’s Up including in Oak Park, Bronzeville, and South Shore. And a newish one in Old Town. Seafood is the focal point — they even serve vegan “shrimp.” But throughout the years, they’ve made a name for themselves with their Hennessy chicken wings, which come in a sticky orange sauce made with the popular cognac. The sweetness is apparent, and the chicken is plump. Let the wings cool down before consuming. It has nothing to do with burning the roof of your mouth. Give the sauce a chance to cool down and caramelize. The wings taste better.

2236 E 71st St
Chicago, IL 60649

19. 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

20. Nita's Gumbo

8100 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60617

Nita’s Gumbo has two locations, one in Avalon Park and a second in suburban Country Club Hills. Gumbo is the specialty of the house. But what if someone could combine gumbo and wings into one dish? Well, Nita’s Gumbo is innovating. The sauced the wings are tossed in are what amounts to be a “cajun roux,” and they come in various spice levels. Nita’s has created a unique and addicting taste.

8100 S Stony Island Ave
Chicago, IL 60617

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