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10 Comforting Hot Pot Restaurants in Chicago

The DIY dining experience offers a massive amount of options

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Qiao Lin Hotpot is an impressive newcomer.
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Hot pot, a communal meal that involves cooking items in boiling broth at the table, is always a fun and engaging experience. And thanks to a recent influx of Chinese-based chains in Chicago, there are now plenty of great places to enjoy it. Best of all, diners are free to dial up the heat to their liking and try whatever proteins and veggies they want as hot pot is fully customizable. Some spots even offer all-you-can-eat so bringing a large appetite is encouraged.

As of June 11, Chicago restaurants have fully reopened and the city has lifted restrictions on capacity and social distancing. However, on July 30, the city issued guidance recommending that everyone wear facial coverings while indoors. For updated information on coronavirus cases, 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 safety guidelines. The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is available here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Find a local vaccination site here.

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1. Chengdu Aroma

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3227 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 698-8822
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The North Side isn’t flush with hot pot spots but Chengdu Aroma shouldn’t be overlooked. This Lakeview restaurant specializes in Sichuan dishes and does hot pot too. The signature Chengdu-style broth takes two-to-three hours to prepare and consists of more than 20 ingredients including beef tallow and crushed chilis. Those who want the best bang for their buck can indulge themselves — for $23.95 per person — during specific all-you-can-eat hours. Online ordering is available here.

2. YY Hot Pot

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1343 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 877-5009
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Pilsen residents don’t have to go far to get their hot pot fix thanks to YY Hot Pot. Feast on a diverse array of soup bases, meats, seafood, veggies, tofu, mushrooms, and more. A robust sauce bar, where diners can mix and match to create the perfect flavor combinations, complements the food.

3. Laojiumen Hotpot

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2026 S Clark St unit D & unit E
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 291-8295
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Stylish and decorated with modern Chinese accents, Laojiumen is a hot pot newcomer that’s worthy of attention. In addition to the standard meats, seafood, and veggies, the menu also boasts a variety of tofu, meat/seafood balls, and noodles. And there’s all-you-can-eat for $24.88 per person.

A tray of raw meat.
Consume endless amounts of food with AYCE hot pot at Laojiumen.
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4. Qiao Lin Hotpot

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2105 S Jefferson St Ste A
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 600-9779
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Housed inside Chinatown’s new grocery emporium 88 Marketplace, Qiao Lin Hotpot is the first U.S. outpost of a Chinese chain. The sleek and contemporary restaurant offers Chongqing-style hot pot and four broths. The favorite is a spicy broth teeming with chilis and peppercorns, but guests are welcome to try two or even three soups at the same time. The premium ingredients, which are beautifully presented, include short rib, American Kobe beef, New Zealand lamb shoulder, gizzard skewers, duck intestines, blood tofu, and more. Online ordering is available here.

A pot filled with three broths and a variety of meats and veggies spread out on a table.
Qiao Lin Hotpot is a newcomer that puts a priority on quality ingredients.
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5. Haidilao

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107 E Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 363-3888
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The largest hot pot chain in China, Haidilao is a high-end experience filled with rich broths, premium ingredients, and entertaining service. Guests will find luxurious items like Prime ribeye, A5 wagyu, Kurobuta pork, and sliced abalone, as well as “dancing noodles” that are hand-pulled at the table. The restaurant adds theatrics to the meal by using robots to bring out the food, and there’s an extensive sauce bar that’s also stocked with fruits and desserts.

6. Happy Lamb Hot Pot

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2342 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 929-3224

One of the most popular spots in Chinatown, Happy Lamb is a quintessential communal dining experience. The flavorful broths and high quality proteins are the restaurant’s strengths, and the all-you-can-eat option — priced at $23.99 per person — is ideal for first-timers or novices, letting them easily order a bit of everything by checking off items (and quantities) on a paper menu. There’s also a longer a la carte menu and a dipping sauce bar. After the hot pot action, cool off with complimentary soft serve ice cream.

7. Friend BBQ

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2358 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 624-8153
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Skewers of delectable meats, seafood, and veggies are the specialty of this barbecue joint from New York. But similar to traditional hot pot, diners also have the choice of ordering broth to cook their ingredients in. The skewered bites include beef tripe, shrimp, quail egg, fish balls, fried bean curds, and more. Online orders can be placed here.

8. Mrs Gu Skewers Hot Pot

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2407 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 291-9058

A China-based hot pot chain that was established in 1987, Mrs Gu made its way to Chicago last year with the help of local restaurateur Tony Hu. Start by choosing between several soup bases, including spicy, sour pickle, black chicken mushroom, and tomato. Then head to the sauce station to get some flavor boosts. Finally, go to the fridge and pick up as many skewers of meats and veggies as the heart (and stomach) desires. The selection features a bunch of offal cuts, such as chicken gizzards, duck feet, pork intestine, and beef throat.

9. Taipei Cafe

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2609 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 374-1986
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There are plenty of Chinese restaurants spread across the city but only a few that tackle Taiwanese cuisine. At this Bridgeport cafe, diners have four different Taiwanese-style hot pots to enjoy. There’s a popular seafood hot pot loaded with shrimp, scallops, crab meat, mussels, squid, and more, plus an “adventurous” option full of pork intestines, pork blood, and stinky tofu. Spicy food lovers can dial up the heat with a kimchi hot pot. Online orders are available here.

10. Tasty Chuanchuanxiang Hot Pot

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3335 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60608
(773) 823-1373
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Travel a bit south of Chinatown to Bridgeport for chuan chuan — which translates to skewers — hot pot. Originating in China’s Sichuan province, this style is characterized by an assortment of ingredients on bamboo sticks. Folks select a soup base and walk over to the self-service fridges to grab their proteins. Similar to fondue, the skewers are then dipped into the broth until they’re fully cooked. Online ordering is available here.

1. Chengdu Aroma

3227 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

The North Side isn’t flush with hot pot spots but Chengdu Aroma shouldn’t be overlooked. This Lakeview restaurant specializes in Sichuan dishes and does hot pot too. The signature Chengdu-style broth takes two-to-three hours to prepare and consists of more than 20 ingredients including beef tallow and crushed chilis. Those who want the best bang for their buck can indulge themselves — for $23.95 per person — during specific all-you-can-eat hours. Online ordering is available here.

3227 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

2. YY Hot Pot

1343 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608

Pilsen residents don’t have to go far to get their hot pot fix thanks to YY Hot Pot. Feast on a diverse array of soup bases, meats, seafood, veggies, tofu, mushrooms, and more. A robust sauce bar, where diners can mix and match to create the perfect flavor combinations, complements the food.

1343 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608

3. Laojiumen Hotpot

2026 S Clark St unit D & unit E, Chicago, IL 60616
A tray of raw meat.
Consume endless amounts of food with AYCE hot pot at Laojiumen.
Laojiumen [Official Photo]

Stylish and decorated with modern Chinese accents, Laojiumen is a hot pot newcomer that’s worthy of attention. In addition to the standard meats, seafood, and veggies, the menu also boasts a variety of tofu, meat/seafood balls, and noodles. And there’s all-you-can-eat for $24.88 per person.

2026 S Clark St unit D & unit E
Chicago, IL 60616

4. Qiao Lin Hotpot

2105 S Jefferson St Ste A, Chicago, IL 60616
A pot filled with three broths and a variety of meats and veggies spread out on a table.
Qiao Lin Hotpot is a newcomer that puts a priority on quality ingredients.
Qiao Lin Hotpot [Official Photo]

Housed inside Chinatown’s new grocery emporium 88 Marketplace, Qiao Lin Hotpot is the first U.S. outpost of a Chinese chain. The sleek and contemporary restaurant offers Chongqing-style hot pot and four broths. The favorite is a spicy broth teeming with chilis and peppercorns, but guests are welcome to try two or even three soups at the same time. The premium ingredients, which are beautifully presented, include short rib, American Kobe beef, New Zealand lamb shoulder, gizzard skewers, duck intestines, blood tofu, and more. Online ordering is available here.

2105 S Jefferson St Ste A
Chicago, IL 60616

5. Haidilao

107 E Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616

The largest hot pot chain in China, Haidilao is a high-end experience filled with rich broths, premium ingredients, and entertaining service. Guests will find luxurious items like Prime ribeye, A5 wagyu, Kurobuta pork, and sliced abalone, as well as “dancing noodles” that are hand-pulled at the table. The restaurant adds theatrics to the meal by using robots to bring out the food, and there’s an extensive sauce bar that’s also stocked with fruits and desserts.

107 E Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL 60616

6. Happy Lamb Hot Pot

2342 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

One of the most popular spots in Chinatown, Happy Lamb is a quintessential communal dining experience. The flavorful broths and high quality proteins are the restaurant’s strengths, and the all-you-can-eat option — priced at $23.99 per person — is ideal for first-timers or novices, letting them easily order a bit of everything by checking off items (and quantities) on a paper menu. There’s also a longer a la carte menu and a dipping sauce bar. After the hot pot action, cool off with complimentary soft serve ice cream.

2342 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

7. Friend BBQ

2358 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Skewers of delectable meats, seafood, and veggies are the specialty of this barbecue joint from New York. But similar to traditional hot pot, diners also have the choice of ordering broth to cook their ingredients in. The skewered bites include beef tripe, shrimp, quail egg, fish balls, fried bean curds, and more. Online orders can be placed here.

2358 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

8. Mrs Gu Skewers Hot Pot

2407 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

A China-based hot pot chain that was established in 1987, Mrs Gu made its way to Chicago last year with the help of local restaurateur Tony Hu. Start by choosing between several soup bases, including spicy, sour pickle, black chicken mushroom, and tomato. Then head to the sauce station to get some flavor boosts. Finally, go to the fridge and pick up as many skewers of meats and veggies as the heart (and stomach) desires. The selection features a bunch of offal cuts, such as chicken gizzards, duck feet, pork intestine, and beef throat.

2407 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

9. Taipei Cafe

2609 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608

There are plenty of Chinese restaurants spread across the city but only a few that tackle Taiwanese cuisine. At this Bridgeport cafe, diners have four different Taiwanese-style hot pots to enjoy. There’s a popular seafood hot pot loaded with shrimp, scallops, crab meat, mussels, squid, and more, plus an “adventurous” option full of pork intestines, pork blood, and stinky tofu. Spicy food lovers can dial up the heat with a kimchi hot pot. Online orders are available here.

2609 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60608

10. Tasty Chuanchuanxiang Hot Pot

3335 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608

Travel a bit south of Chinatown to Bridgeport for chuan chuan — which translates to skewers — hot pot. Originating in China’s Sichuan province, this style is characterized by an assortment of ingredients on bamboo sticks. Folks select a soup base and walk over to the self-service fridges to grab their proteins. Similar to fondue, the skewers are then dipped into the broth until they’re fully cooked. Online ordering is available here.

3335 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60608

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