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Lillie's Q

4.5
4.5
126 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue

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!

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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


  • Phone number

    (773) 772-5500

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Charlie McKenna

  • 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.

  • Neighborhood

    Bucktown / Wicker Park

  • Cross street

    Wolcott

  • Public transit

    Blue line - Damen

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Menu

For the Table

  • Fried Pickles

    Pickles, Beer Batter, Ranch

    • Pimiento Cheese Hush Puppies

      Cornmeal, Cheddar, Pimiento, Jalapeños, Comeback Sauce

      • Pork Rinds

        Pimiento Cheese Powder

        • Kool-Aid Pickles

          Kosher Dill Pickles Marinated in Cherry Kool-Aid

          • Smoked Chicken Wings

            Lillie's Buffalo Sauce, Maytag Bleu Cheese Dressing

            Stew - Salad

            • Brunswick Stew

              Tomato, Smoked Pork, Smoked Chicken, Corn, Lima Beans

              • Q Salad

                Boston Bibb Lettuce, Southern Caviar, Tomatoes, Avocado, Red Onion, CB Croutons Pulled Pork $3 Pulled Chicken, Shrimp or Tri-Tip $5

                Q

                • Pulled Pork Sandwich$12.00

                  BBQ Pork, Brioche Bun (Southern Style $1)

                  • Tri-Tip Sandwich

                    Smoked Beef, Brioche Bun (Southern Style $1)

                    • Hot Link Sandwich

                      Smoked Beef, Brioche Bun (Southern Style $1)

                      • Half Smoked Chicken

                        Chicken Breast, Thigh, Leg, Wing, Carolina Dirt

                        • Pulled Pork

                          1/2 lb/1 lb

                          • Tri-Tip

                            1/2 lb/1 lb

                            • Hot Link

                              1/2 lb/1 lb

                              • Baby Back Ribs

                                Ribs, Carolina Dirt, Apple Glaze Half/Full

                                • Taste of LQ

                                  Pick of Three Meats (Baby Back Ribs $2)

                                  Sides

                                  • Southern Style Coleslaw

                                    • Baked Beans

                                      • Green Beans

                                        House-Made Bacon

                                        • Collard Greens

                                          Greens, Ham Hock

                                          • Mac & Cheese

                                            Classic (Choice of Meat $1)

                                            • Sweet Potato Fries

                                              Carolina Dirt

                                              • Seasoned Fries

                                                Carolina Dirt

                                                • Stone Ground Grits

                                                  House-Made Bacon

                                                  • Cornbread

                                                    Honey Butter

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                                                    What 126 people are saying

                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

                                                    4.5
                                                    4.5 based on all time ratings
                                                    • 4.5Food
                                                    • 4.3Service
                                                    • 4.2Ambience
                                                    • 4.1Value

                                                    NoiseModerate

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                                                    1. F

                                                      Flowergirl

                                                      Chicago

                                                      31 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      31 reviews

                                                      Dined on July 16, 2017

                                                      overall5food4service4ambience5

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

                                                    2. A

                                                      Aurora

                                                      Chicago

                                                      73 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      73 reviews

                                                      Dined on July 4, 2017

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                    3. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Chicago

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on July 3, 2017

                                                      overall5food5service3ambience4

                                                      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.

                                                    4. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Chicago

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on June 30, 2017

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      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.

                                                    5. GD

                                                      GourmetDiva

                                                      Atlanta

                                                      43 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      43 reviews

                                                      Dined on June 30, 2017

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                    6. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Cincinnati

                                                      1 review

                                                      4.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on June 27, 2017

                                                      overall4food5service5ambience4

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

                                                    7. RM

                                                      RichardM

                                                      New York Area

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      Dined on June 18, 2017

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      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.

                                                    8. PS

                                                      PaulaS

                                                      Orlando

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on June 18, 2017

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      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!

                                                    9. JM

                                                      JeffM

                                                      Chicago

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      Dined on June 18, 2017

                                                      overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                      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.

                                                    10. d

                                                      donm

                                                      Portland

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on June 13, 2017

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                    11. RE

                                                      REB13

                                                      Portland

                                                      9 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      9 reviews

                                                      Dined on June 12, 2017

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                      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!

                                                    12. j

                                                      jenniferk

                                                      Chicago

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      Dined on June 10, 2017

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      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

                                                    13. H

                                                      Harriet

                                                      Chicago

                                                      53 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      53 reviews

                                                      Dined on June 2, 2017

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      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!

                                                    14. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Chicago

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on May 14, 2017

                                                      overall4food5service5ambience4

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

                                                    15. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Chicago

                                                      6 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      3.0

                                                      6 reviews

                                                      Dined on May 14, 2017

                                                      overall3food4service2ambience3

                                                      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.

                                                    16. S

                                                      Steve62

                                                      Chicago

                                                      14 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      14 reviews

                                                      Dined on May 4, 2017

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                      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.

                                                    17. K

                                                      Kevin

                                                      Chicago

                                                      13 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      13 reviews

                                                      Dined on April 29, 2017

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Simply fire flame one-hundred percent. The best.

                                                    18. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Chicago

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on April 28, 2017

                                                      overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                      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!!

                                                    19. JW

                                                      JasonW

                                                      Chicago

                                                      6 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      6 reviews

                                                      Dined on April 22, 2017

                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

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

                                                    20. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Chicago

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on April 18, 2017

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      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!

                                                    21. RT

                                                      RobertT

                                                      Detroit

                                                      1 review

                                                      4.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on April 8, 2017

                                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                      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.

                                                    22. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Chicago

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 27, 2017

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                    23. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Grand Rapids

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on March 18, 2017

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Awesome service, food and atmosphere! Highly recommend

                                                    24. T

                                                      Texsun

                                                      Chicago

                                                      44 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      44 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 18, 2017

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      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!!!

                                                    25. k

                                                      kate

                                                      Chicago

                                                      10 reviews

                                                      3.0

                                                      10 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 18, 2017

                                                      overall3food3service3ambience2

                                                      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.

                                                    26. S

                                                      Susan

                                                      San Francisco

                                                      8 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      8 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 12, 2017

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      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.

                                                    27. SM

                                                      StefanieM

                                                      Chicago

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 11, 2017

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      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.

                                                    28. BD

                                                      BrownDown

                                                      Chicago

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      3.0

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 8, 2017

                                                      overall3food3service4ambience3

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

                                                    29. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Chicago

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on March 5, 2017

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                                                    30. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      New York Area

                                                      10 reviews

                                                      3.0

                                                      10 reviews

                                                      Dined on March 2, 2017

                                                      overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                      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.

                                                    31. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Chicago

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on February 25, 2017

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      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.

                                                    32. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Chicago

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 19, 2017

                                                      overall5food5service4ambience5

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

                                                    33. WT

                                                      WyTT

                                                      Chicago

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on February 14, 2017

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      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.

                                                    34. L

                                                      Lance

                                                      Chicago

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 11, 2017

                                                      overall4food3service4ambience4

                                                      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.

                                                    35. MB

                                                      MisterB

                                                      Atlanta

                                                      24 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      5.0

                                                      24 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 10, 2017

                                                      overall5food5service3ambience5

                                                      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.

                                                    36. CG

                                                      CharlieG

                                                      Chicago

                                                      30 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      4.0

                                                      30 reviews

                                                      Dined on February 3, 2017

                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

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

                                                    37. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Chicago

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on January 22, 2017

                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

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

                                                    38. E

                                                      Emily

                                                      Chicago

                                                      1 review

                                                      4.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on January 21, 2017

                                                      overall4food5service3ambience4

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

                                                    39. HP

                                                      HardPass

                                                      Chicago

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      2.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on January 20, 2017

                                                      overall2food1service3ambience4

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

                                                    40. FF

                                                      FoodFrenzie

                                                      Chicago

                                                      14 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      4.0

                                                      14 reviews

                                                      Dined on January 15, 2017

                                                      overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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                                                    Lillie's Q is rated 4.5 stars by 126 OpenTable diners

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                                                    • Cross street

                                                      Wolcott

                                                    • Neighborhood

                                                      Bucktown / Wicker Park

                                                    • 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


                                                    • Cuisines

                                                      Barbecue, Southern, American

                                                    • Dining style

                                                      Casual Dining

                                                    • Dress code

                                                      Casual Dress

                                                    • Public transit

                                                      Blue line - Damen

                                                    • Payment options

                                                      AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                    • Executive chef

                                                      Charlie McKenna

                                                    • Additional

                                                      Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

                                                    • Phone number

                                                      (773) 772-5500

                                                    • 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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