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About Lillie's Q

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!

1856 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Barbecue, Southern, American

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


Cross Street:
Wolcott

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(773) 772-5500

Website:
http://lilliesq.com/

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.

Public Transit:
Blue line - Damen

Executive Chef:
Charlie McKenna

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!

Private Party Contact:
Private Event Coordinator: (866) 777-2918

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Lillie's Q Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (91)
Fit for Foodies (66)
Good for Groups (57)
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Great for Lunch (54)
Casual (50)
Comfort Food (47)
Hot Spot (38)
Great Beer (28)
Kid-friendly (26)
Fun (25)
Good for a Date (23)
Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
Great for Brunch (21)
Authentic (21)
Cozy (20)
Bar Seating (18)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Special Occasion (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Spicy (11)
Late-night Find (10)
Happy Hour (7)
Live Sports (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Romantic (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Outstanding Value (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
People Watching (3)
Business Meals (2)
Healthy (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 16, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Casual, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 4, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Fun, Spicy, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Great Beer, People Watching
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 30, 2017

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

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 27, 2017

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

Tags: Great Beer, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Spicy
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 18, 2017

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!

Tags: Fun, Great Beer, Great for Brunch, Spicy, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 18, 2017

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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 (Portland)·Dined on June 13, 2017

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

Tags: Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients
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 (Portland)·Dined on June 12, 2017

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!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Live Sports, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 10, 2017

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 2, 2017

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)·Dined on May 14, 2017

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

Tags: Happy Hour, Live Sports, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Comfort Food, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

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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service2
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 4, 2017

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Simply fire flame one-hundred percent. The best.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 28, 2017

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!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Authentic, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 22, 2017

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

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 18, 2017

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!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Live Sports, Casual, Great Beer
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 (Detroit)·Dined on April 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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food4
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 27, 2017

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Authentic, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun
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food5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 18, 2017

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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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Awesome service, food and atmosphere! Highly recommend

Tags: Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 18, 2017

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 12, 2017

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 11, 2017

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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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 8, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 5, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 25, 2017

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 19, 2017

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Spicy, Gluten Free Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great Beer
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 22, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 21, 2017

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

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2017

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

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 15, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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