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Lillie's Q

126 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

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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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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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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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Cross street
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Public transit
Blue line - Damen
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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4.5  based on all time ratings
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipFlowergirl (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on July 16, 2017

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

vipAurora (Chicago)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  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.

GourmetDiva (Atlanta)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined on June 27, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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.

PaulaS (Orlando)
5.0  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!

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on June 13, 2017

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

Bonaire1 (Portland)
5.0  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!

vipjenniferk (Chicago)
5.0  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

vipHarriet (Chicago)
5.0  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!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  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.

vipSteve62 (Chicago)
5.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on April 29, 2017

Simply fire flame one-hundred percent. The best.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  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!!

JasonW (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on April 22, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  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!