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10 of Chicago’s Best Bowls of Chili, Mapped

Spice up those taste buds with some comforting chili

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A bowl of chili is immensely satisfying in the wintertime. Packed with beans, meats, spices, and more, it has everything needed to warm Chicagoans up from the coldest chills. These following spots take extra pride in their versions, some of which are age-old recipes that span back generations. From classic beef and turkey to veggie and quinoa chilis, here are 10 favorites to try, listed from north to south.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Capt'n Nemo's

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7367 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60626
(773) 973-0570
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Chili and a sandwich are a top tier pairing and with three locations around Chicagoland, Capt’n Nemo’s is more than willing to provide a solid meal. The turkey option is among the best of its kind while other choices include beef and vegetarian chilis. Customers who want to stock up for a cold, wintry day can purchase frozen quarts to take home.

2. Chicago Diner

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3411 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 935-6696
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One of the city’s most beloved vegetarian restaurants shows that it can make a mean chili without meat. Chicago Diner creates a healthy take on the dish by using a quinoa base and supplementing it with jalapeno corn fritters. Guests also have the option of adding tomatoes, onions, sour cream, cheese, and avocado. Unlike more traditional chilis, this one won’t bust guts.

3. Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden

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3258 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 281-4989
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Sheffield’s has been hosting annual chili cook-offs for the past decade so it shouldn’t be a shock that its specialty stew is worthy of praise. It’s made with smoked brisket and pork, chorizo, bacon, peppers, beans, cheddar, and optional accoutrements. Vegetarians aren’t left out in the cold either as there’s an equally impressive veggie chili chock-full of white and black beans, peppers, corn, roasted tomatoes, tomatillos, and Lagunitas Daytime.

4. Kuma's Corner

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2900 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 604-8769
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Burgers will always be the main attraction at the iconic metal bar but the comfort fare doesn’t stop there. Since diners are probably going to consume an inordinate amount of calories anyway, they might as well go all out and order a bowl of chili too. Just like everything else on the menu, it’s a highly craveable version topped with shredded Monterey jack cheese and diced red onions.

5. DMK Burger Bar

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2954 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 360-8686
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Michael Kornick’s popular eatery elevates burgers above the norm and that same level of refinement also applies to chili. Each bowl sports hatch green chilis — a specialty of New Mexico — alongside pork shoulder, hominy, tomatillos, and cheddar. Fries are optional, but recommended.

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6. Little Goat Diner

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820 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 888-3455
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There’s nothing that Stephanie Izard can’t enhance with a little bit of goat. At her retro diner, guests have the option of breaking from the norm with a bowl of goat chili. It features heaping chunks of meat topped with sour cream, cheddar, and tortilla strips.

7. Hawkeye's Bar & Grill

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1458 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 226-3951
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In what comes as a pleasant surprise, this UIC sports bar delivers a well-rounded chili. The simple dish is loaded with tender ground beef, some spices, and all of the customary add-ons like cheeses, onion, and sour cream. So even though the Bulls and Blackhawks might disappoint fans, at least the food won’t.

8. Honky Tonk BBQ

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1800 S Racine Ave
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 226-7427
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Pilsen’s Wild West-themed smokehouse is a barbecue mecca. The chili, predictably, boasts tender Texas brisket as well as the option of adding mac and cheese on top. Rounding out the honky tonk experience are live musical acts on most nights.

9. Lindy's Chili & Gertie's Ice Cream

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3685 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 927-7807
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This Chicago staple has multiple locations on the South Side and has been cooking its famous chili recipe since 1924. Customers shouldn’t expect any frills but they can look forward to a classic bowl served with or without beans and elbow macaroni. For the ultimate comfort, order a side of fries to dip into the stew.

10. Bishop's Chili

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250 N Cass Ave # 1
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 852-5974
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It’s been more than 90 years since it started but Bishop’s Chili continues to win over customers. Although the original Chicago location is no longer around, fans can still head out to Westmont for a taste of Mary Bishop’s old-school recipe. 24 hours of preparation yields a beefy, tomato-less stew that’s super smooth and creamy. Also available over spaghetti or by the gallon.

1. Capt'n Nemo's

7367 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626

Chili and a sandwich are a top tier pairing and with three locations around Chicagoland, Capt’n Nemo’s is more than willing to provide a solid meal. The turkey option is among the best of its kind while other choices include beef and vegetarian chilis. Customers who want to stock up for a cold, wintry day can purchase frozen quarts to take home.

7367 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60626

2. Chicago Diner

3411 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657

One of the city’s most beloved vegetarian restaurants shows that it can make a mean chili without meat. Chicago Diner creates a healthy take on the dish by using a quinoa base and supplementing it with jalapeno corn fritters. Guests also have the option of adding tomatoes, onions, sour cream, cheese, and avocado. Unlike more traditional chilis, this one won’t bust guts.

3411 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657

3. Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden

3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Sheffield’s has been hosting annual chili cook-offs for the past decade so it shouldn’t be a shock that its specialty stew is worthy of praise. It’s made with smoked brisket and pork, chorizo, bacon, peppers, beans, cheddar, and optional accoutrements. Vegetarians aren’t left out in the cold either as there’s an equally impressive veggie chili chock-full of white and black beans, peppers, corn, roasted tomatoes, tomatillos, and Lagunitas Daytime.

3258 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

4. Kuma's Corner

2900 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Burgers will always be the main attraction at the iconic metal bar but the comfort fare doesn’t stop there. Since diners are probably going to consume an inordinate amount of calories anyway, they might as well go all out and order a bowl of chili too. Just like everything else on the menu, it’s a highly craveable version topped with shredded Monterey jack cheese and diced red onions.

2900 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

5. DMK Burger Bar

2954 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
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Michael Kornick’s popular eatery elevates burgers above the norm and that same level of refinement also applies to chili. Each bowl sports hatch green chilis — a specialty of New Mexico — alongside pork shoulder, hominy, tomatillos, and cheddar. Fries are optional, but recommended.

2954 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

6. Little Goat Diner

820 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

There’s nothing that Stephanie Izard can’t enhance with a little bit of goat. At her retro diner, guests have the option of breaking from the norm with a bowl of goat chili. It features heaping chunks of meat topped with sour cream, cheddar, and tortilla strips.

820 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

7. Hawkeye's Bar & Grill

1458 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607

In what comes as a pleasant surprise, this UIC sports bar delivers a well-rounded chili. The simple dish is loaded with tender ground beef, some spices, and all of the customary add-ons like cheeses, onion, and sour cream. So even though the Bulls and Blackhawks might disappoint fans, at least the food won’t.

1458 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL 60607

8. Honky Tonk BBQ

1800 S Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60608

Pilsen’s Wild West-themed smokehouse is a barbecue mecca. The chili, predictably, boasts tender Texas brisket as well as the option of adding mac and cheese on top. Rounding out the honky tonk experience are live musical acts on most nights.

1800 S Racine Ave
Chicago, IL 60608

9. Lindy's Chili & Gertie's Ice Cream

3685 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60609

This Chicago staple has multiple locations on the South Side and has been cooking its famous chili recipe since 1924. Customers shouldn’t expect any frills but they can look forward to a classic bowl served with or without beans and elbow macaroni. For the ultimate comfort, order a side of fries to dip into the stew.

3685 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60609

10. Bishop's Chili

250 N Cass Ave # 1, Westmont, IL 60559

It’s been more than 90 years since it started but Bishop’s Chili continues to win over customers. Although the original Chicago location is no longer around, fans can still head out to Westmont for a taste of Mary Bishop’s old-school recipe. 24 hours of preparation yields a beefy, tomato-less stew that’s super smooth and creamy. Also available over spaghetti or by the gallon.

250 N Cass Ave # 1
Westmont, IL 60559

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