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311 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619-2218
773-994-2428
Tuesday
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 2:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wed - Thu 2:00 pm - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat 2:00 pm - 4:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 6
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  • 3
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  • 1
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  • 2
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Lem's Bar-B-Q

This place is for rib lovers. Ribs are cooked behind bullet proof glass, some of the best in Chicago ( the glass and the ribs). You pass your money through a turnstile and the ribs come to you through a larger turnstile. Everyone behind that glass is perfectly safe. Don’t worry.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 23, 2013
Joseph P
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
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Moline, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

If this is the best BBQ in Chicago, then you don't know BBQ. Me and my wife went hear for the first time July 25th for the first time because of the Great reviews. We both was really dissatisfied. First the place where you order your food is really small and cramped. A lot of people was coming, so we... More 

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Oak Park, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

simply the best bar-b-que..in chicago...large tips chopped small....slab...the sauce is a hook!!!!...this is a to -go rib shack...go in the day time..not the best of areas

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

This is what Zagat had to say about Lem's Bar-B-Q House at 311 East 75th Street on Chicago's South Side: "BBQ as God meant it to be...Lem's can beat anything the Carolinas care to offer, or Georgia, or KC (Kansas City). And TX (Texas) isn't even on the map." High praise indeed. But if you can find Lem's--it is south... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Good ribs two of the three times I have been here but you can not predict what you going to get after you order. I wish I could gave it a higher rating but the one time I got the over cook ribs will not let me.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

This modest shack is found in terra incognita for white folks - south of Hyde Park, off the map, on a convincingly sketchy stretch of 75th Street not far from other iconic soul food sources (e.g., Army & Lou's), and across the street from the "Cathedral of Love" Missionary Baptist Church. The location, the ambiance (see other reviews), and the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

This place is for rib lovers. Ribs are cooked behind bullet proof glass, some of the best in Chicago ( the glass and the ribs). You pass your money through a turnstile and the ribs come to you through a larger turnstile. Everyone behind that glass is perfectly safe. Don’t worry.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

this is a very good place to eat soon very good ribs ribs are superb and very tender a must have any time... I will go grab a order of ribs from here anytime of the day or night.....! # gr8t place for your budget. ..

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Fast service, need more parking, great atmosphere, great ribs and large quantity. Safe neighborhood, lots of family businesses in surrounding area and community policing.

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Live Oak, FL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

We heard that the ribs here were good so we went. It was in a poorer area of town and Lem's does not accept credit cards. Fortunately, we had enough cash. The ribs were delicious and tender. I am glad we were willing to drive south to go there. We did not eat in, just carried the food out. I... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2009

Was great in the 90's

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Additional Information about Lem's Bar-B-Q House

Address: 311 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619-2218
Phone Number: 773-994-2428
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
Open Hours:
Sunday 2:00 pm - 2:00 am
Monday 2:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wednesday 2:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thursday 2:00 pm - 2:00 am
Friday 2:00 pm - 4:00 am
Saturday 2:00 pm - 4:00 am
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: Barbecue

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 311 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619-2218
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
  • Phone Number: 773-994-2428

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
2:00 pm - 2:00 am
Monday
2:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wednesday
2:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thursday
2:00 pm - 2:00 am
Friday
2:00 pm - 4:00 am
Saturday
2:00 pm - 4:00 am

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