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Chili U
Chili U

Chili U Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://chili-u.com/
  • Email: Ken@chili-u.com
  • Phone: (847) 549-3152
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday & Wednesday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 2:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, International, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Marc Bianchini
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lake & Milwaukee
  • Public Transit: Libertyville Metra
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Chili U
A taste of the world’s most unique flavors and spices has arrived to Libertyville. Here, you’ll always find the modern comfort food you’re craving. But not in the average, ordinary way. Instead, we want you to explore taste, be flavorfully adventurous. While other restaurants have “a chili” on the menu, we have a long list–from deliciously basic to taste-temptingly exotic. On the occasion you feel like something beyond the bowl, we have a full menu of uniquely delicious dishes destined to become your new favorites. Stop in for dinner, have a drink at our bar and lounge. Our goal is to satisfy every one of your senses. And add a little extra spice into your life.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "We love the menu, but the food was off the mark this time. I had a make-your-own chili with the ground turkey base and hash browns, and it was only fair. My wife had a chopped salad, but the dressing and chicken chunks had absolutely no flavor. Our waiter was very personable, and their beer and wine selection was good."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I enjoyed this restaurant. The restaurant had a casual vibe with a wide menu. Appetizers were solid. The lobster mac n' cheese was delicious. Everyone enjoyed their chili. You can make your own dish: pick a chilli style (I chose mid west style), pick a base (I chose mashed potatoes), pick your toppings (I opted for cheese and sour cream). One of us had their thai shrimp chili. If you like spice this one is for you. One negative is that they sat us in the room off the bar area. This made it VERY noisy. If you go and want to be able to hear your table conversation be sure to sit in the dining room."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We went to Chili U for the first time and had a totally enjoyable evening. The restaurant atmosphere was unique and had a great eclectic vibe. Food choices were fun and we tried different appetizers (loved the fried pickles!)- both very good and shared a korean salad with a build your own chili. Love the concept here of comfort foods but nothing so heavy- really enjoyed that it was the type of place you could have a conversation with friends without screaming. Of course, it was a Sunday evening...but we will definitely be back again!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We went on Sunday during March madness, busy but not packed. We sat at the bar and ordered 3 different kinds of chili, they will customize your chili for you. Loved it. Others were having the brunch specials which looked good. Will try those next time."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "My family got together for brunch on Sunday and this was my first time to Chili U. They were out of two of the 4 chili bases, so I tried the apps Fried Pickles and Waffle Fry Poutine. Nothing special. The fried pickles were "fried" and had no real taste other than that. The waffle fry poutine was rather gross with the "gravy" being congealed and jelly-like, not the beefy brown gravy you would normally get. The cheese was white and possibly a liquid, not curds. I also ordered the sliders consisting of a chili beef, a pulled pork and a kobe beef. The kobe beef was very tasty without adding any toppings, very good. The others not so. The staff was great. I might try Chili U again, but probably not, I don't think anything there would wow me."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I was greeted within a couple of minutes. It was my first time there. A staff member came up and explained to me about menus, putting orders in, etc. He walked me through everything so that was good."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Visited for first time on a Saturday night. My wife and adult son enjoyed their meals very much They had the special Cincinnati Chili and the Almost Texan. My Midwestern Chili was warm at best. Will try it again."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We all (3) chose different appetizers and menu items. Everything was great. The selection offers something for everyone. Plenty of Gluten free too. IT was nice to be able to take our time at the table (in back, not at the bar which is in front) , share a good bottle of wine -- AND HEAR one another talk. THe tables are spaced well. Not crowded. Service is not fast, but is good. All 3 of us look forward to going back."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Took my wife out for dinner, and we were pleased. The selection was good and the waiter was attentive. The atmosphere was nice. It really is a different take on chili."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The name Chili U is a misnomer- yes they have traditional chilis but so much more!! I had the BELT sandwich-delicious!!! They are more of a gastropub type place with great eclectic food selections Stop by if you are in Libertyville!!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food isn't anything special even though the description sounds really imaginative. Food came out slightly cold. Poutine was different. Melted cheese chunks over fries with a weird tomato cream sauce, not gravy. Turkey chilli was good, nice and hearty. African chicken was angel hair pasta in Thai peanut sweet sauce. I would not recommend this, sweet tasting dinner entrée."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The chili was really good as was the meatball appetizer we had and we loved the rumchata smootie!! the mimosa was not good but hey it was $1 so..... it was quiet on a sunday afternoon when we went."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "It was hard to choose something off of the menu because everything sounded so good. Neither my wife or I got the chili and we were both very happy with our meals. Can't wait to go back and sample their namesake."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Not only good food, service but friendly and accommodating. Would recommend this place to everyone I know."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Chili U has an interesting take on chili. I've been three times and gotten totally different dishes. Each one excellent and unique. This visit out server was less than knowledgable about the cocktails on the menu and the Moscow mule was mediocre. Hockey and football on the TVs, so it got a little noisy in there, but we had a nice time. Service was on the slow side, but it was a busy time. Overall, I had a good experience there. If conversation and speed are important to you, consider going off peak."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "This was a recommendation by good friends. Great concept: pick your foundation and top it off with your favorite chili and great toppings. Great service. Bar tenders mix strong drinks. So highly recommended."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Chili was very mild....had midwestern chili, with jalepenos to try and spice it up. Another person had spicy chicken sandwich and chicken was extremely mild. Another person had chili with a fried egg on it and the egg was over cooked...although they did bring him another one...which was cooked in a microwave. Expected made to order eggs...spicier food....disappointed. Doubt I will be able to convince the group to go back again - there were 4 of us and 3 of us did not especially like the food. Too bad because I was hoping this would be a hit...first and last visit to this restaurant."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "Overall I like this place but the steak in my husbands chili was dissapointing as it was tough."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Great concept for a restaurant- create your own chili concoction! The menu is diverse and has something for everyone. It is refreshing to find a restaurant that is not afraid to serve flavorful food. Remember- when in Rome! Some friends ordered salads and were not thrilled with their meals. If you want a salad, go to a salad bar. The wait staff was friendly and we were made to feel welcome. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "This place was super casual, had a great atmosphere, and had a unique menu. I loved it and will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "This was the second time i visited Chili U. The service was not great last time, but this time the service was virtually nonexistent. We sat ourselves as the sign at the front door indicated. Several minutes later, we were provided water. However, the two servers visible never even acknowledged us. After approximately 20 minutes, we left and went across the street to eat. I will not go back to Chili U."
    Dined on 10/13/2013