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“Best BBQ ribs outside the south”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Chicago Q

Chicago Q
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Ranked #89 of 9,499 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: American, Bar, Barbecue
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Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Gold Coast
Cross street: Division
Transit: Red line at Clark and Division. Walk east to Dearborn then South to 1160 N. Dearborn and you are at BBQ heaven. Bus 36 will take you to Clark and Division as well.
Description: Chicago q is not your ordinary barbecue joint. Since opening in 2010, Chef/Partner Lee Ann Whippen has created a barbecue experience like none other by using the highest quality meats seasoned with house-made rubs while served in a Savannah-style dining room, imbued with Southern charm and comfort. The restaurant serves Whippen's award-winning competition fare alongside regional favorites from the Carolinas, Texas, Missouri and Tennessee, which pair perfectly with the best selection of rare and exclusive bourbons in Chicago. Whether in the neighborhood or traveling to the city, a group of two or one of 50, Chicago q is the ideal space for any gathering or occasion.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Best BBQ ribs outside the south”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2013

Seriously great ribs-worth a trip for these. The sides ( and the potato chips) were good as well, but the ribs are what I'll remember. From the outside this looks like a tiny place but has multiple sections inside, some of which are VERY loud. Next time I would specifically ask for a smaller room or outside when making the reservation- we did not even look at the dessert menu or linger over drinks because it was like being in a train station.

  • Visited July 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great find in lovely area of Chicago”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

Find this place it's worth it. Great good in super setting - mmmmmm cornbread BBQ - smells from street is where it starts and keeps getting better and better

  • Visited July 2013
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Kenora
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Amazing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013

Great service, portioned just enough, loved the homemade pickles & potato chips to start. I had the ribs with various sauces, nice that you could choose your sauce, keep up the good work, oh yes, the Merlot was fine too!

Visited April 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“complimentarty pickles and chips”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2013

we had carrot cake pancakes! 2 of my favs in one. We also shared the flight of eggs benedict. Highly Recommend. the sweetpotato hash was a big oniony for me, but the grits were creamy and delishous. sat outside on a beautiful 70 Degree day. A perfect chicago saturday!

  • Visited June 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Best BBQ Ever!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2013

First of all, this resaurant is a good looking eatery. Casual, with a really warm and welcoming atmosphere. The service we had was spot on. Friendly and knowledgeable servers, who were very attentive. The BBQ was just excellent. I had the St. Louis ribs, and it was beyond tender. The meats are served with a variety of barbeque sauces to try. All tasted great. The value here is very good. We came with family and really enjoyed ourselves. Will definitely come back next time we are in town.

  • Visited June 2013
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