Big Bowl-Lincolnshire

4.4
1660 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chinese
Using the freshest and highest quality ingredients and starting from
scratch are the only ways to authentically prepare Asian cuisine.
At Big Bowl, we make our own curries and roast our own chilies
and spices, which are ground daily to prepare a variety of our
signature dishes. Our menu features Chinese favorites like Kung
Pao Chicken, Prime Beef & Broccoli, Sweet & Sour Pineapple
Shrimp and Slow Roasted Barbecue Pork Fried Rice, along with
Thai specialties like Panang Curry Chicken, Vegetable & Tofu Pad
Thai and Red Hot Pepper Chicken Noodles. Whether its sweet or
spicy, rice or noodles, Chinese or Thai that you are craving, our
menu has it all.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Chinese, Thai
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:15am - 10:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 11:15am - 10:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(847) 808-8880
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
We offer a semi-private dining area that seats up to 45 people. Please contact Laura or Grace to discuss availability and menu options at 312-589-7001 or via email at bigbowlparties@leye.com.
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Private party contact
Laura Nessel & Grace Terzakis: (312) 589-7001
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Catering
We offer party platters and group share menu to go for carryout and delivery. Please ask to speak with a manager and they will be happy to assist.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Millwaukee Ave and Aptakisic
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Parking details
We have a shared lot and we offer valet for $4.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1660 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was good however the service was just ok. Saw our waitress twice, when she took the order and dropped it off.

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DB
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Adam is great

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W
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As it was our first visit , we were greeted by the manager and given complimentary cucumber salad. Service was excellent for our group of eight. Close attention to a dairy allergy, onion allergy, and gluten free was much appreciated. Sangria and bloody marys were enjoyed. Some ordered off the menu, others chose the stir fry bar. Everyone enjoyed their delicious meals. Prices are reasonable. I highly recommend Big Bowl.

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OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a Pleasure! We meet once a week to enjoy the fantastic mead and service!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Big Bowl is one of my favorites in this area. The fresh, flavorful preparations of se real Asian cuisines allows everyone to choose something familiar with a delicious twist.

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J
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 2

First off the teriyaki salmon was outstanding. Our waiter was ok. Mm however it was our 42nd wedding anniversary which I added to the reservation, nothing was mentioned about that at all. Next, the seat I asked for on the reservation was not given to us and we had to sit in the bar with blazing hot spot lights blazing down on our heads and faces. I asked if it could be tuned down, and the manager was not at all accommodating and even had snyde comment. He said (SAY WHAT) so loud that we heard it and then he walked off.
It's a waste of time requesting any seating even if it's for health reasons, like heavy nosebleeds from the heat but of course it's all about the money not the service.

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S
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made my own veggie bowl and the sauce they gave me was delicious. The waiter was fantastic- friendly and knowledgeable. Really enjoyed my meal

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AB
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

This was our family go-to restaurant. I will give it chance to redeem itself. We usually have quick, friendly service. Our servers are usually warm and knowledgeable about the menu and specials. This time our server was polite. Our dinner was delayed (the manager said because they wanted to make sure to avoid my husband's allergens; however, this is the FIRST time in over twenty visits that our food was delayed; usually dinner takes 1 hour from sit down to signed check - this was an hour and forty minutes); the manager comped an appetizer for us. It was all polite, but odd. Nothing authentic or warm. We felt as if we were being politely lied to. I would prefer to be told the truth with authentic regret and warmth.

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D
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We just love Big Bowl. They have great seasonal drinks so you can always expect something different. The food is always delicious and again always have great specials. We always get a reservation and have no problems being seated right away.

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SS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Took good care of our requests and many tasty dishes to choose from! Many options for GF dishes including dessert. Nice environment and attentive staff.

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J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, really nice staff. Perfect business lunch in regards to both ambiance and location.

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JS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Not sure why might not be getting Open Table points for this.

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MG
Columbus
22 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We. Suited friends. It is always great food. Everything is so fresh and not greasy.

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DB
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely server as always. Great food and perfect prep

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AM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is delicious always accommodating
Love the specials tried something new and I love it wish it was on the menu permanently
Shrimp with Shanghai noodles

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y
Chicago
100 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat behind the bar in a cozy booth
Our server was pearl she was helpful efficient kind
Knowledgeable and made our meal soooo yum

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S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

My server. Was not very good
Never came back. Forgot my soup
I had to call the manager

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good seasonal specials.
Love the food.

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VM
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A hustling bustling place the 2 nights my wife and I have eaten there before plays. Enjoyed the food and the ambiance, but recommend the valet parking as close-in spots are hard to count on.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and more than accommodative service. Special place . Lettuce at its best. Keep it up!

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d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great service and food was, as always, absolutely terrific!

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M
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

We were celebrating 50th Birthday

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s
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Love the new cauliflower rice option thanks

So healthy

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a
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

Poor service order wrong no attention from waiter
Had to ask for noodles and soy three times
Never got soy

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J
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was good as always

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AS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent. We had a large group and ordered the group share. The appetizers were excellent. The main courses were sub par. The meat in the mongolian beef was very rubbery. Desserts were great.

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TA
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The food that evening was not as good as usual. I have eaten at the restaurant many many times. Too much cilantro in one dish, for example. But I will probably return remembering when it was so much better

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m
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and friendly service

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HB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Even with a reservation we weren't seated until 30 minutes past our reservation time. And this is not the first time this has happened.

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LF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Bar booth location was a bit chilly near the door/windows and loud but still fun. Great meal as always.

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J
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Salmon was great just as I ordered. The hostess Pearl was awesome.

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DS
Chicago
89 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

large selection and variety of menu items. specials were recommended and were outstanding. Monday is half price on bottles of wine.

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LG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Main dishes were heavily sauced. Next time I will ask for less sauce because the vegetables, noodles and protein were swimming in it.

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D
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Reservation was made but had to wait, extremely noisy, left the restaurant before being seated

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R
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was good. Waiter was very efficient but it was crazy busy. Kept on forgetting our things we were requesting. He was working real hard but it was way too busy. There’s no place to stand when we are waiting. Bar and waiting area is so close that waiters had to keep on moving us. Got tired of being asked “ excuse me” “ excuse. Me” z it was a mad house. I wouldn’t go there on Friday any more. No organization what so ever. Waiter also forgot to use my reward dollars towards our bill. We waited at the table for most eight minutes but he never came towards us. I Wasn’t too happy with this situation. They had too many customers they couldn’t handle. I wonder if they even had the capacity according to the fire code.

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DM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I've always enjoyed the food here. Great place to take a date.

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CC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good and delivered fast. Service was excellent. The ambiance was average. Went with a group of friends for a birthday celebration. Good overall value.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The paper straws suck. They no longer have plastic straws. Stop at McDonalds and bring your own straw.

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TZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visiting, the food was delicious and the service was great.

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G
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was well prepared and came out quickly. Service was attentive and other then being a bit pricey, it was a good meal.

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