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.Read More