Lillie's Q

4.5
126 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue

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About

Chef McKenna opened the doors of Lillie´s Q in July 2010 after honing his skills at top restaurants in Miami, New York and Chicago. Named for his Grandmother Lillie, who taught him the art of southern cooking back home in Greenville, SC, Lillie´s Q serves up award winning barbeque in a contemporary setting. The menu offers elevated southern favorites and sides like shrimp & grits, fried pickles, Brunswick stew, baked beans, and Grandma Lillie´s famous banana pudding. Lillie´s Q bar features more than 40 all-American craft beers, plus specialty moonshine-based cocktails and the Lillie´s Q version of the traditional Bloody Mary, the Morning Lillie. From Carolina Gold to Hot Smoky, each of the Lillie´s Q sauces and rubs pays homage to the deep-rooted barbeque traditions of specific Southern regions. From Lillie´s kitchen to yours… enjoy!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Barbecue, Southern, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch + Dinner Daily with Weekend Brunch Service (Saturday + Sunday 10AM-3PM)

Monday: 11:00AM - 10:00PM
Tuesday: 11:00AM - 10:00PM
Wednesday: 11:00AM - 10:00PM
Thursday: 11:00AM - 10:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM - 11:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM - 11:00PM
Sunday: 11:00AM - 10:00PM
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Phone number
(773) 772-5500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Charlie McKenna
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Private party facilities
Whether it’s a birthday, bachelor party, or just because, bring your closest pals to Lillie's Q and enjoy a whole hog cooked exclusively for you!
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Private party contact
Private Event Coordinator: (866) 777-2918
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Catering
The catering team at Lillie’s Q is ready to help you plan the perfect menu for your next event. Whether you are planning an elegant wedding, classy cocktail party, corporate luncheon, birthday party or a simple get together with friends, Lillie’s Q will cater to your needs. You can check out our basic catering menu below or speak to our special events manager about our hors d’oeuvres menu. If there is something you have in mind that you don’t see, feel free to tell us what you are thinking and we will work with you to make a memorable menu for your event.
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Wolcott
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Blue line - Damen
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Always yummy, and absolutely the best mac and cheese ever. Great bbq sauces for every taste

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Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good - especially when craving ribs. Love the choices for the sauce. Sides that are delicious are the fried pickles and macaroni and cheese.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was amazing. I didn't love any of the sauces but I think that was more of a personal preference. Drinks were really good. All in all, 2 meals and 2 cocktails came to around 80 dollars so not a "quick cheap" place by any means but definitely good for a once in a while type thing.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lillie's is my go-to BBQ. It is always solid. The wings and fried pickles are the best around. The tri-tip and pulled pork never disappoint, and they have a variety of sauces to choose from.

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GD
Atlanta
43 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lillie's Q has some of the best BBQ in the country. Been to the location in Destin also. Great food.

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food. Great service. A little pricy for the portions.

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RM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a Father's Day celebration and it was perfect. The food is outstanding and service equally good. We loved our food and recommend the barbecue to foodies and anyone who likes a creative approach to an old standard. Pulled pork was delectable as was the chicken and all of the sides. Favorite was cornbread! Salad refreshing and beautifully composed. Will return when in Chicago.

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PS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most delicious barbecue ever! Service was fantastic, waiter was knowledgeable about every item on the menu, cool vibe all around. You will not leave hungry! Wonderful!

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JM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible food. Everything is great. I will say they only had 1 high chair in the entire restaurant which was slightly disappointing. May want to check with them before bringing a young child.

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d
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food, Great Beer selection and ambiance- great for any occasion.

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B
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pork rinds, Memphis Tacos, Tri Tip, Ribs ,Chicken and Pulled pork were all outstanding. Greens and baked beans sides supreme. Meal was impeccably serviced by Carlos- friendly, knowledgeable and patient. We brought guests from Memphis and they were suitably impressed and very satisfied with very aspect of our dinner. Lillie's Q comes through once again!

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j
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really the best barbecue I've ever had. The chicken wings and chicken sandwich were both incredible. Great beer selection, perfect service, I can't wait to go back

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Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have the best ribs in Chicago. I like chewy ribs as opposed to fall off the bone ribs. These have a bit of chew!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent BBQ meats and sauces. A bit expensive for portions served. Disappointed they ran out of some menu items. No dessert.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

1st off...they have one highchair in the entire restaurant. No booster seats. Perfect for Mother's Day reservation. The appetizers were great however our server apparently forgot about our food while she was bartending? and only had our food come out when my husband asked where it was. Which came out all cold, no surprise there. The food was tasty for cold food but none of us which came out all cold, no surprise there. Terrible service.

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love their bbq sauces! The meat was prepared just right. The fried pickles were perfect- hot but still a great crispy snap. The only letdown was the margarita - flavor was just ok. It was very small but cost $11.

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K
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply fire flame one-hundred percent. The best.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My boss is a BBQ connoisseur and had Lillie Q's on his list of "must try" restaurants. It didn't disappoint for great BBQ and according to my husband the "best mac and cheese ever." They offer a variety of sauces at each table so you can try one or all of them (note that you can buy their Smoky Sauce at Mariano's). We also enjoyed the craft beers and ambiance. Overall, a great experience!!

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JW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for my birthday, it was awesome. Lived up to the hype.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love visiting Lillie's Q when in the Bucktown neighborhood. Some of the best BBQ in Chicago! Go on Tuesday night to get the brisket!

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RT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is good, but nothing that stands out of you're big on BBQ. Similar to most bbq places, the sauces generally steal the show. The pulled pork was average, the ribs were good (they had a good rub to them), and the chicken wings were fantastic. However, I didn't love the upcharges on top of the already high price tag. Pricing is steep for bbq, but its in the city so there isn't much else to say. We spent $75 on two drinks and we split a meal for context. One thing to note is i spilled half my drink and they replaced for free. That was a kind gesture and it made me feel good about their customer experience.

Overall, its a pretty good place to eat. I'd go back.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic BBQ and the sauce selection knocks it out of the park. Delicious food with a great fun staff.

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Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service, food and atmosphere! Highly recommend

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Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

really enjoyed our dinner. it didn't start out too well bc they were out of chicken which I really wanted to try. so I ordered shrimp and grits and they were out of grits, but the shrimp were delicious in just the right amount of creole sauce. then they comped us for the shrimp - even better. service was maybe a little slow, but it wasn't a problem. drinks were good. my husband loved his ribs and the mac and cheese was beyond amazing! will definitely go back when my son is in town. he lives in Austin and thinks that BBQ outside of Texas is just so-so!!!

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k
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This was our second time to Lillie's Q, and we made early dinner reservations because we were meeting friends with our toddler. Given how family-friendly the Wicker Park area is, imagine my surprise when the hostess told us they only have 1 high chair for the entire restaurant ... and it was in use and not going to be freed soon. No booster seats either. So, we had to eat our meal with our 2-year-old on our laps the whole time, which is obviously less than ideal. If we weren't meeting others, I would've left and gone elsewhere. They were out of smoked chicken early on a Saturday, which eliminated quite a few items from the menu. So, overall, the experience was okay, but not great.

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S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our experience at Lillie Q's was great. The food was so tasty and the service was great, attentive enough without be intrusive. We had a group of 8 from age 4 to 48 and everyone enjoyed themselves.

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SM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always! Only bummer was that they only had one high chair for the whole restaurant, so I ended up having to sit with my toddler on my lap.

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M
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good for date night BBQ. Don't expect to be blown away.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had a great time because the food was spectacular and the staff was spectacular

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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Decent BBQ. Great sauces. Corn bread not very good. Ribs were tasty but not very tender. Collard greens were very good. Appetizers were good,and
we shared the wings and hush
puppies which were good. Not a great meal but a decent meal.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trip tip is very lean and tender and brisket is normally available only on Tuesdays but they had it on this particular Saturday night which was also good. Tacos were meaty and tasty. Recommend sweet potato fries and Mac and cheese for sides. We really enjoyed the sauces- especially the Carolina. Parking can be difficult- street parking so give yourself ample time if you're driving to find a space and walk.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food. This is definitely one of my favorite BBQ places in chicago now. The wings were simply, yet so tasty.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great American BBQ joint. They have 6 assorted sauces for use for dipping. The ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender and moist, definitely recommend getting some. Friendly staff with a comfortable atmosphere.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Hadn't been in a while and was really excited to have some tri tip. They were out, at 6p on a Saturday night. Not sure why but needless to say I was disappointed, it won't deter me from going again however I'll definitely call ahead next time to make sure there aren't any shortages of my favorites.

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MB
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Really a lot of fun. Great beer selection. The choice of smoked meats is good with quite a few sauce options at your table. The sides were great, particularly the mac and cheese.

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CG
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

very good bbq, cooked perfectly, good sauces. corn bread not that good.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mounds of meat! Sides are a must to balance the meal out and luckily the sides are all fantastic. The cornbread is a must!

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E
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Made a reservation for 8 and they didn't seat us until 8:30

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

You can make better BBQ in a crock pot at home. Sweet Prato fries were good though.

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FF
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Get the Tri-Tip and the Mac & Cheese. You won't be disappointed.

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