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Ah chicken, the most versatile of meats. While we're all big fans of the fried variety, roasted chicken is equally delectable. There are countless recipes and preparation styles used in kitchens across the city, but the end result at the following spots are all the same — succulent, flavorful birds that defy the "boring" moniker usually associated with poultry. That's right, you won't have to feel embarrassed for going the "safe" route the next time you order it.

Even though run-of-the-mill rotisserie chickens from the grocery store will do the job in a pinch, there are better options out there. Some chefs, such as Boka head honcho Lee Wolen, dress the dish to the nines while others keep things simple by utilizing just a few herbs and spices. For the purpose of this list, grilled birds, like those at Nando's and Pollo Express in Pilsen, aren't included. Listed in alphabetical order.

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1. Athenian Room

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807 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 348-5155

Lincoln Park’s Greek eatery has been a neighborhood staple for more than four decades, thanks in large part to its popular roast chicken. In fact, Tiny Fey loves the dish so much she called the restaurant one of her favorite places to eat in town. And when it comes to food, we won’t argue with Liz Lemon.

2. Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits

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6727 Roosevelt Rd
Berwyn, IL 60402
(708) 775-8122
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Diners who close their eyes while chewing their food at Autre Monde may think they're at a delicious restaurant in the city. That's because the Berwyn spot rivals anything in Chicago and the ever-changing menu has a roasted Amish chicken that makes everyone happy.

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3. Bandera

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535 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 644-3524
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It’s almost hard to believe that a tourist-friendly chain on Michigan Avenue could offer such stellar chicken. But it’s true, Bandera rises to the occasion. The rotisserie chicken is marinated and slow-cooked over an open fire and served with tabbouleh. So don’t despair the next time you’re on the Mag Mile, there's still good food to be found.

4. Boka

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1729 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 337-6070
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Lee Wolen rose to prominence at The Lobby with his roasted chicken so it's no surprise the famed dish has become a mainstay on the Boka menu. The preparation has continuously changed over the years but it remains consistently excellent. For the current iteration, the flavorful bird gets elevated with rutabaga, black trumpets, and mustard.

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5. Brasa Roja

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3120 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 866-2252
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This mom and pop Colombian restaurant gets the charcoal fire going in the early morning and doesn’t stop until everyone’s satisfied. Diners can watch the action up front, where the chickens are seasoned in a secret recipe and roasted for two hours over an open flame. It’s also quite affordable — a whole chicken will only set you back $13.95.

6. Chef Luciano Kitchen & Chicken

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43 E Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 326-3450
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Chef and owner David Gupta operates two restaurants out of a single building. At Chef Luciano, the focus is on dishes with Cajun, Italian, Jamaican, and African influences. Over on the other side, the bird is the word and guests can order tender oven-roasted chicken served with rice pilaf.

7. Chicken & Farm Shop

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113-125 N Green St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 754-6941
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The poultry better be as good as advertised at a place called Chicken & Farm Shop. Fortunately, Soho House’s casual restaurant lives up to its name by delivering tasty, tender free-range chicken sourced from Crystal Farms in Pennsylvania. These ain’t your run-of-the-mill grocery store kind that have been sitting under a heat lamp; they’re beautiful birds that arrive well-seasoned and glistening in their own juices.

74 W. Illinois St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 527-5586
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C.J. Jacobson’s West Coast influences fused with Mediterranean flavors has been a breath of fresh air for the River North scene. His Lettuce Entertain You restaurant features a host of earthy and meaty delights, such as rotisserie chicken with orange-fennel jus and roasted veggies. Those looking for a grab-and-go lunch can drop into Rotisserie Ema during the day and enjoy the self-serve counter bar.

9. Marisol

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205 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 799-3599
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Museum restaurants in Chicago have never been dining destinations until now. It’s all thanks to Lula owner Jason Hammel, who has collaborated with the Museum of Contemporary Art as part of its recent renovations. After guests explore the various exhibits, they should head down to Marisol for some exciting seasonal-driven fare. Among the menu items is a roasted half chicken served with mustard, pâté toast, and sweet corn.

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10. Nicky's the Real McCoy

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5801 S Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60629
(773) 436-6458
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The sauce is boss at this Gage Park restaurant with locations in suburban Alsip and Cicero. The birds comes seasoned the Greek way with hints of lemon, oregano, and garlic. A great choice if you're not in the mood for a Big Baby burger.

11. Papa's Cache Sabroso

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2517 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 862-8313
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The wall of chickens cooking over a fire is enough to convince anyone that this Puerto Rican spot is the real deal. The specialty pollo chon is marinated in spices overnight, spun until the meat is perfectly crisp and moist, and has the flavor of lechon. Like all good things, the process is a labor of love for owners Nancy and Papa.

12. River Roast

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315 N La Salle Dr
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 822-0100
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Come for the picturesque views, stay for the roasts.There are several types offered, from beef and pork to fish, but it would be foolish to pass up the whole chicken. It’s wood-smoked, comes accompanied by crispy potatoes, and is carved tableside. Best of all, there will be enough leftovers for days.

13. Roanoke

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135 W Madison St
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 940-3760
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Whether it’s for a business lunch or a pre-show dinner, Roanoke is a solid option for rotisserie chicken in the Loop. The restaurant, located inside the Residence Inn, roasts juicy birds on a spit and presents them over a bed of marble potatoes and Brussels sprouts with country gravy.

14. Somerset

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1112 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 586-2150
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Boka Restaurant Group’s ritzy Gold Coast restaurant has been turning heads with its grandiose design and approachable menu. As expected, poultry expert Lee Wolen also serves a version of whole roasted chicken here that’s flanked by polenta, garlic sausage, and delicata squash.

15. Tanta

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118 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 222-9700
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Peruvians take their chicken seriously and the pollo a la brasa at Tanta does the national dish proud. The signature entrée is brined for 24 hours in a mix of Coke, garlic, cumin, soy sauce, and other ingredients before being roasted in the oven. The crispy final product arrives at the table alongside cannellini beans, potatoes, arroz con choclo, criolla salad, and a trio of sauces.

16. The Kennison

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1800 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 981-7070
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This Lincoln Park partnership with Boka and the new 90/94 Restaurant Group has brought fresh ideas and a fresh menu to the former Perennial Virant space. The chicken's beautifully executed with summer beans, summer squash, sausage, and lemon. While the veggies and oysters star on the menu, the chicken falls under the radar and deserves more love.

17. The Publican

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837 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-9555
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It’s not just pork and seafood at one of Chicago’s most essential spots. The celebrated farm-to-table restaurant from One Off Hospitality Group serves a succulent plate of chicken using product from Slagel Family Farm. It’s served with summer sausage and fries for a simple down-home meal.

18. Velvet Taco

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1110 N State St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 763-2654
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The Gold Coast taqueria is definitely not the first place one would expect to find mouthwatering chicken, yet its rotisserie birds are unexpected stars. For just $20, the “Backdoor Chicken” special (available at a separate entrance in the back of the restaurant) includes a whole chicken, two sides of elote-style corn, six corn tortillas, roasted corn pico de gallo, and heat sauce. Even better, it’s half-price on Mondays.

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1. Athenian Room

807 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Lincoln Park’s Greek eatery has been a neighborhood staple for more than four decades, thanks in large part to its popular roast chicken. In fact, Tiny Fey loves the dish so much she called the restaurant one of her favorite places to eat in town. And when it comes to food, we won’t argue with Liz Lemon.

807 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

2. Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits

6727 Roosevelt Rd, Berwyn, IL 60402
Autre Monde

Diners who close their eyes while chewing their food at Autre Monde may think they're at a delicious restaurant in the city. That's because the Berwyn spot rivals anything in Chicago and the ever-changing menu has a roasted Amish chicken that makes everyone happy.

6727 Roosevelt Rd
Berwyn, IL 60402

3. Bandera

535 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

It’s almost hard to believe that a tourist-friendly chain on Michigan Avenue could offer such stellar chicken. But it’s true, Bandera rises to the occasion. The rotisserie chicken is marinated and slow-cooked over an open fire and served with tabbouleh. So don’t despair the next time you’re on the Mag Mile, there's still good food to be found.

535 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

4. Boka

1729 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
Boka

Lee Wolen rose to prominence at The Lobby with his roasted chicken so it's no surprise the famed dish has become a mainstay on the Boka menu. The preparation has continuously changed over the years but it remains consistently excellent. For the current iteration, the flavorful bird gets elevated with rutabaga, black trumpets, and mustard.

1729 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

5. Brasa Roja

3120 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

This mom and pop Colombian restaurant gets the charcoal fire going in the early morning and doesn’t stop until everyone’s satisfied. Diners can watch the action up front, where the chickens are seasoned in a secret recipe and roasted for two hours over an open flame. It’s also quite affordable — a whole chicken will only set you back $13.95.

3120 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

6. Chef Luciano Kitchen & Chicken

43 E Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616

Chef and owner David Gupta operates two restaurants out of a single building. At Chef Luciano, the focus is on dishes with Cajun, Italian, Jamaican, and African influences. Over on the other side, the bird is the word and guests can order tender oven-roasted chicken served with rice pilaf.

43 E Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL 60616

7. Chicken & Farm Shop

113-125 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607

The poultry better be as good as advertised at a place called Chicken & Farm Shop. Fortunately, Soho House’s casual restaurant lives up to its name by delivering tasty, tender free-range chicken sourced from Crystal Farms in Pennsylvania. These ain’t your run-of-the-mill grocery store kind that have been sitting under a heat lamp; they’re beautiful birds that arrive well-seasoned and glistening in their own juices.

113-125 N Green St
Chicago, IL 60607

8. Ema

74 W. Illinois St., Chicago, IL 60654

C.J. Jacobson’s West Coast influences fused with Mediterranean flavors has been a breath of fresh air for the River North scene. His Lettuce Entertain You restaurant features a host of earthy and meaty delights, such as rotisserie chicken with orange-fennel jus and roasted veggies. Those looking for a grab-and-go lunch can drop into Rotisserie Ema during the day and enjoy the self-serve counter bar.

74 W. Illinois St.
Chicago, IL 60654

9. Marisol

205 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611, Chicago, IL 60611
Victoria Kent

Museum restaurants in Chicago have never been dining destinations until now. It’s all thanks to Lula owner Jason Hammel, who has collaborated with the Museum of Contemporary Art as part of its recent renovations. After guests explore the various exhibits, they should head down to Marisol for some exciting seasonal-driven fare. Among the menu items is a roasted half chicken served with mustard, pâté toast, and sweet corn.

205 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611
Chicago, IL 60611

10. Nicky's the Real McCoy

5801 S Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60629

The sauce is boss at this Gage Park restaurant with locations in suburban Alsip and Cicero. The birds comes seasoned the Greek way with hints of lemon, oregano, and garlic. A great choice if you're not in the mood for a Big Baby burger.

5801 S Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60629

11. Papa's Cache Sabroso

2517 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

The wall of chickens cooking over a fire is enough to convince anyone that this Puerto Rican spot is the real deal. The specialty pollo chon is marinated in spices overnight, spun until the meat is perfectly crisp and moist, and has the flavor of lechon. Like all good things, the process is a labor of love for owners Nancy and Papa.

2517 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

12. River Roast

315 N La Salle Dr, Chicago, IL 60654

Come for the picturesque views, stay for the roasts.There are several types offered, from beef and pork to fish, but it would be foolish to pass up the whole chicken. It’s wood-smoked, comes accompanied by crispy potatoes, and is carved tableside. Best of all, there will be enough leftovers for days.

315 N La Salle Dr
Chicago, IL 60654

13. Roanoke

135 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60602

Whether it’s for a business lunch or a pre-show dinner, Roanoke is a solid option for rotisserie chicken in the Loop. The restaurant, located inside the Residence Inn, roasts juicy birds on a spit and presents them over a bed of marble potatoes and Brussels sprouts with country gravy.

135 W Madison St
Chicago, IL 60602

14. Somerset

1112 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60610

Boka Restaurant Group’s ritzy Gold Coast restaurant has been turning heads with its grandiose design and approachable menu. As expected, poultry expert Lee Wolen also serves a version of whole roasted chicken here that’s flanked by polenta, garlic sausage, and delicata squash.

1112 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60610

15. Tanta

118 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654

Peruvians take their chicken seriously and the pollo a la brasa at Tanta does the national dish proud. The signature entrée is brined for 24 hours in a mix of Coke, garlic, cumin, soy sauce, and other ingredients before being roasted in the oven. The crispy final product arrives at the table alongside cannellini beans, potatoes, arroz con choclo, criolla salad, and a trio of sauces.

118 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654

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16. The Kennison

1800 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

This Lincoln Park partnership with Boka and the new 90/94 Restaurant Group has brought fresh ideas and a fresh menu to the former Perennial Virant space. The chicken's beautifully executed with summer beans, summer squash, sausage, and lemon. While the veggies and oysters star on the menu, the chicken falls under the radar and deserves more love.

1800 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

17. The Publican

837 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

It’s not just pork and seafood at one of Chicago’s most essential spots. The celebrated farm-to-table restaurant from One Off Hospitality Group serves a succulent plate of chicken using product from Slagel Family Farm. It’s served with summer sausage and fries for a simple down-home meal.

837 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

18. Velvet Taco

1110 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610

The Gold Coast taqueria is definitely not the first place one would expect to find mouthwatering chicken, yet its rotisserie birds are unexpected stars. For just $20, the “Backdoor Chicken” special (available at a separate entrance in the back of the restaurant) includes a whole chicken, two sides of elote-style corn, six corn tortillas, roasted corn pico de gallo, and heat sauce. Even better, it’s half-price on Mondays.

1110 N State St
Chicago, IL 60610

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