Bub City

4.7
1184 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue
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  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Good for Groups
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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Cuisines
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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Catering
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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Entertainment
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 bubcitychicago.com or call 312-610-4200.
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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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What 1184 People Are Saying
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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

Good food, terrible service.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lately the food here comes out Luke warm.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to take a date. He live music was fun, but we could still have a conversation

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LM
Munich
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Food and vibes are great, but the last two times I've gone the service has been terrible. The first time they forgot about my appetizer and brought it out after my meal which took longer than usual, especially for lunch. The second time we watched our server hangout at the bar as we continuously tried to get her attention before having to get up and get her to come back to the table. Otherwise, great scene at night...

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MO
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Live guitarist/singer was great! Brunch food was alright, it is definitely not geared towards sober us, but rather groups wanting to drink at brunch.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious I could eat here every weekend!

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c
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bub City is always excellent! The chicken is killer and those fried brussel sprouts...FAB!!

Love this place AND country music!

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JG
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! Chicken and waffles bomb!

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OT
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Superb whiskey selection. Service was good enough.

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CF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the atmosphere. Always a great experience.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 4ambience 4

Bub city was very accommodating to my growing group of friends who gathered to celebrate my birthday.

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M
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was average, but reasonably priced so I was okay with that. one thing I really did not like about the food, was how quickly it came out after we ordered. We ordered, and 5 minutes later the food was at our table. Too quick.

Drinks were great, and so was the wait staff. The atmosphere of the restaurant was fun, and energetic too! I will go back, but will ask for my food not to be rushed out next time.

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JO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The waitress wasn’t exactly kind. She snapped at me when I asked for a chair. I did not hear her say yes cause it was so loud in there so she said I told you I would get it
Also we asked for two bills and she couldn’t seem to get it right

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Good drinks. Decent pricing. Will definitely be back!

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CF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great country restaurant right in the middle of the city. Food is always good and the staff is very friendly.

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RM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The team was great. Service was top notch. I was there during a very busy concert and I always had a fresh beer. Highly recommend

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G
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tuesday night live karaoke is incredible! So much fun to watch

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a
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very good experience at Bub City. The food was great, and the waitress and staff were attentive. I would recommend!

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AM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and maybe best ribs ever. Great selection of beer and bourbon. Well priced. Great interior and friendly staff. Worth a visit or two. We will return.

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JS
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great for a crowd, fun, and great value for the prices

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SH
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always talk about Bub City to my friends, so they wanted to experience it. The food was great as always and the band was awesome!! Will be back!

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MC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great atmosphere and BBQ in the heart of the city!

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t
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Lots of delicious BBQ items including pulled pork sandwiches and "Bird on a bun"

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JM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The portions were small but tasty, Small portions being kind of odd for a BBQ joint. Amazing Bourbon selection for those that love to indulge, Service was so - so. Get the buffalo tots fantastic.

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SP
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was amazing seating and serving our party of 30 (1/2 of them being noisy, excited cheerleaders after a huge win!) - would highly recommend! And the food was delicious - I recommend the BBQ nachos!

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SC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, fun atmospere, friendly staff.
I definitely recommend this place.

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VN
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and atmosphere. I will be returning soon.

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CA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! So, pleasantly surprised...heard it was good but it was great!! I loved that my children were welcomed since we went earlier!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Went to be entertained while having a layer back meal! Was great

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food, seats in a high traffic area, drinks are priced a bit high

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P
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Went to celebrate a birthday. Waitress was distracted and unattentive. My son had bad indigestion several hours after his meal. Valet scratched my car. Memorable occasion for the wrong reasons.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was okay. Service was amateurish. Ordered entrees missing and server was pretty inept.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great choice. We were meeting friends pre concert. Food was great. Casual fun atmosphere and still able to hold a conversation. Excellent service. It was our friend’s first time there and they are new fans now as well. Keep it up!

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KJ
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would totally recommend Bub City. The sampler platter was worth the money. Great service and great food. Don't hesitate to try anything, and ask to take some of these beans home.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night! Food, music, drinks, fun!

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AA
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun casual ambience,
Good menu and good value. One piece of feedback is that the women’s bathroom was filthy with trash everywhere built up from the day

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AF
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Server was very accommodating to our group and hostess was very nice to help me with the reservation (I had to change it several times.) Had a good time!

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KF
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for my 34th bday and had a blast!!! Ozzie was our server and def took care of us. The chef made a special request for my bday candle cake which was a Mac n cheese portion. I was extremely happy 😁 Thank you for the memories and fun!!

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JK
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bbq and live music. Felt like a true southern bar. Fantastic, would go again!

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Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was there for lunch this time. Excellent service and a great selection on their lunch menu (the "Meat and Three" menu). Maybe around 8 options for the meat (excellent burger, great pulled pork sandwich). I also saw a vegetarian option. And maybe 15-20 sides to choose from, from BBQ standards to salads. All we had was very good, as was the service.

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