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Bub City

1078 reviews
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$30 and under
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RJ, Jerrod and Molly, in conjunction with Chef / Partner Doug Psaltis have created their own destination for country music lovers to enjoy a cocktail, grab a bite and have some fun.

Chef Psaltis created Bub City’s new menu with a focus on authentic barbecue. Signature items include Burnt Ends, Baby Back Ribs, Carolina Style Pulled Pork and 18 hr. Beef Brisket. Large groups can enjoy the “Whole Pork Picnic” featuring Slow-Smoked Pork Shoulder served with four sides.

Bub City boasts a bar offering more than 125 selections.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Barbecue, American
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Hours of operation
M-Fri 11:00AM - 2:00AM
Sat 10:00AM - 3:00AM
Sun 10:00AM - 12:00AM
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Phone number
(312) 610-4200
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Doug Psaltis
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Set with high top tables and bar seating, Bub City's semi-private Whiskey Bar is perfect for a cocktail reception (up to 40 guests) and with the added Corral, accommodates 60. Both are available prior to 7:30 p.m. daily. Arrangements for large groups of up to 20 guests can also be made in the main dining room.
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Public transit
CTA #22 Bus at Clark and Hubbard St
Close to CTA Brown/Purple Line stop at Merchandise Mart
Close to CTA Red Line stop at Grand and State St
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Guests can expect to see live performances on the venue’s 16-foot stage by some of country music’s emerging talent throughout the week, take in acoustic performances on Mondays, and get behind the mic during live band karaoke on Tuesdays.
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Special events & promotions
Fridays just got a whole lot better. We're now celebrating the end of the workweek with a Build-Your-Own-Margarita Bar. For just $9, customize your marg just the way you like it: Start with Casamigos Blanco tequila and choose frozen or on-the-rocks, then the rest is up to you. Pick from salt rims like lime, smoke and spicy salts, then decide on a mixer—classic lime, grapefruit, coconut, cucumber, spicy strawberry or pineapple. As the bartender mixes away, choose from a variety of garnishes, including herbs, fruit, vegetable spears, blackened shrimp and more. Added bonus: There may just be some salty snacks (think pork rinds, chips and guacamole) and an ice-cold beer waiting for you at the end of the line. To reserve a table, please visit or call 312-610-4200.
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch

Private Dining

Host your next private event at Bub City and treat your guests to an authentic barbecue experience. Our unique atmosphere, delicious food, and attentive service will ensure your gathering is one to remember!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great food & live music!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

My wife and I tried this place for the first time and were very impressed. We made a reservation luckily, otherwise there is no way we were getting a seat. This place was PACKED! from the very moment we got there until the time we left it was shoulder to shoulder with a line out the door. Must be good right?! IT WAS! We only ordered appetizers but they were both amazing!! We shared the buffalo bites and loaded fires and they were both ate in their entirety. I tried a delicious whiskey at the recommendation of a man name Brad who I will get back to shortly. We didn't stay long enough to see the band but we weren't in a very ideal seating location for that either way. We were seated in a very high traffic spot so we were constantly being bumped or talked over by other patrons. That aside we had a wonderful time here and will absolutely return to try more of their delicious food and whiskey. Ok back to Brad, I presume he was a manager of sorts. He was so unbelievably helpful, and welcoming. He more or less acted as our server too, ours was mostly non-existant. He spoke to us in length about the menu and gave me an incredible bourbon recommendation. He touched our table several times throughout our visit and before we could leave he left us with several gift cards so that we would return. He apologized for our seating location and thanked us for coming. This really stood out to us. We did not complain once, even to each other, about a single thing. We were really enjoying ourselves and those things were just background noise to us. So thank you Brad G for your incredible hospitality. We will without a doubt return and I intend to suggest Bub City to all of my friends.

1.0  Dined 6 days ago

Waitresses were extremely rude and pushy. Bad vibes.

Loverome2 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great food!! Assistance of staff was very accommodating

4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Fun atmosphere ! Live music was great! Good food and good service. Location close to hotels and shopping too!

vipErica56 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

We ordered a full rack of baby back ribs, a pulled pork entree, and sides of Brussels sprouts, spoonbread, and sweet potatoes with marshmallow for two of us plus 2 young kids. We all agreed the food was delicious, every dish, but I feel the value is a bit lacking for 2 reasons. First, the sides were undersized for the prices. I'd say they each serve 1-2 people. Second, a thirty dollar entree (ribs) comes with nothing except a slice of white bread (WHY does every BBQ place insist on this, and call it Texas toast to make it sound interesting) and a miniscule baby portion of cole slaw? That's really not cool, or standard among the many BBQ places we've eaten. You normally get to choose 1 or 2 sides as part of the entree. There is also no kids' menu, so the restaurant is family friendly overall but the pricing is not. Finally, our server was very friendly but there were many moments we would have liked to flag her, or anyone, down but there was literally no employee on the entire floor to wave at. We had a good experience overall but the value and service could be improved.

vipChidininggirl (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Didn't love our experience. It was loud, the menu has nothing helpful of any kind. The minimum calories was 2000 for anything - most were more. Hate that.

Terrible wine choices. This is Chicago. There should be more than "white" or "red."

FM80 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Great experience with consistently good food and excellent service.

OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

The luncheon menu Pick your meat and three sides, is a great value. The fried pickle appetizer was excellent, as was the brisket sandwich.

Danny (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

We visited to eat, drink and watch the Super Bowl. The food was not bad, but was not great either. For average taste, I'd say a bit overpriced. Drinks were also on the expensive side - though they were good. Service was also average. Overall, nothing really horrible to mention, but nothing great either. The evening was meh - but the bill was definitely more than meh. I would not recommend. In Chicago, there are many more options that would leave you more satisfied.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

We enjoy a lot our visit to Bub City. Everyone were very kind and friendly. The only thing I do not like is that tha restrooms were located in the darkest spot of the place and you have to pass through the kitchen.

Smasher (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great service, surprisingly the BBQ was dry.

Sunshine (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

We went to Bub City for Restaurant Week. We were so happy we made a reservation. The portions were bigger than most restaurants during Restaurant Week. The waitress was very attentive and friendly. The food was delicious. (We had the ribs and salmon.) The pie for dessert was not a hit with us though.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

It's a fun, energetic vibe.

Terrible date, but the food was good.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

We went for Restaurant week for lunch & The food was excellent.