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Chicago, the meatpacking hub of the nation, is home to some of the most imaginative cuisine around. While deep dish pizza may be the tourist idea of what's on the menu, there's a whole lot more to the food scene in the Windy City—and that includes some of the country's greatest burgers. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the best burger spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find everything from thin, smashed-style cheeseburgers to juicy pub burgers to burgers with a kaleidoscope of toppings—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:Summer House Santa Monica, Yard House - NewCity at Lincoln Park, Atwood
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American
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$$$$·American·
Chicago
3,274 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
Summer House Santa Monica brings the beach vibe to Lincoln Park with a casual decor topped by an impressive retractable glass ceiling. Fresh-baked pastries and seasonal ingredientsRead more
93% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois
91 people mentioned the Monica
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$$$$·American·
Chicago
310 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Bar Seating
Downing a pint and biting into a big mouthful of beef are the simple pleasures served up at Yard House in NewCity. A great selection of tap and bottled beer goes along with a choicRead more
89% recommended
6 people mentioned the Fish Chip
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$$$$·American·
Chicago
4,431 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Great for Lunch
  • Business Meals
The Alise Chicago Hotel sits in the middle of the Loop, and diners can find Atwood, the hotel's restaurant, right inside this historic Reliance Building. It's right in the center oRead more
87% recommended
32 people mentioned the Chicken Pot Pie
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$$$$·American·
Chicago
313 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Business Meals
  • Cozy
The Bellwether takes a standard sports bar and upgrades it to elegant and cool. This Streeterville haven has three 150-inch screens to give diners a clear view of the action from aRead more
Late Night Find in Chicago / Illinois
6 people mentioned the Lamb Burger
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$$$$·American·
Chicago
1,558 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
R J Grunt's, the first of many excellent restaurants in the Lettuce Entertain You portfolio, serves up classic American fare in a cool, funky environment. Portraits line the walls Read more
92% recommended
37 people mentioned the Milkshake
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$$$$·American·
Chicago
1,247 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Executive chef Nathan Sears delivers authentic gastropub vibes at State and Lake Chicago Tavern. Wood-topped tables, a long bar, and a fun menu make every meal at this neighborhoodRead more
17 people mentioned the Pretzel
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$$$$·American·
Oak Park
430 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
For an easy-going and relaxed meal in Scoville Square, Winberie's Restaurant & Bar delivers. The slightly kitschy yet fun and funky decor creates a vibe where everyone feels at homRead more
91% recommended
Kid Friendly in Near West
4 people mentioned the Meat Loaf
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$$$$·American·
Chicago
1,642 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
Mity Nice Bar & Grill combines a casual atmosphere with a classic menu that has a few hidden surprises. Starters come from around the globe with fresh, housemade guacamole, Big BanRead more
97% recommended
60 people mentioned the Popovers
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$$$$·American·
Chicago
8,678 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Pair a night at the theater with a meal served in a restaurant that is full of memorabilia and caricatures of Chicago-born actors at Petterino's. This centrally located hot spot evRead more
93% recommended
89 people mentioned the Steak Diane
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$$$$·American·
Lincolnwood
5,214 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
Sit back and relax in a rustic lodge setting at L. Woods Tap and Pine Lodge. The menu is full of big plates overflowing with comfort foods. Oven-roasted turkey dinners with all theRead more
96% recommended
American in North Suburbs
175 people mentioned the Chop Salad
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$$$$·American·
Chicago
408 reviews
  • Live Sports
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
The Ogden, an upscale sports bar, is just around the corner from United Center, and the latest game is always on the screens here. Enjoy classic bar food taken up a notch. Handcut Read more
88% recommended
6 people mentioned the Animal Fries
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$$$$·American·
Chicago
149 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Fun
Lincoln Park, a premier Chicago neighborhood, is home to this Lokal, an upscale take on a casual European eatery. The menu plates some fresh recipes of traditional bar food, like tRead more
86% recommended
Great for Brunch in Chicago / Illinois
29 people mentioned the Bottomless Mimosas
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$$$$·American·
Glenview
326 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
Scratch-made food is the theme at North Branch, a new take on a classic favorite—the sports bar. With 10 flat screen TVs to take in the game, it's a great place to enjoy a bite andRead more
96% recommended
Kid Friendly in North Suburbs
8 people mentioned the Sweet Potato Fries
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$$$$·American·
Chicago
5,834 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Casual
Weber Grill offers barbecue at its best, with a focus on charcoal cooking. The oversized booth seating offers plenty of space to spread out and enjoy a smoky and delicious meal. ChRead more
85% recommended
159 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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$$$$·Burgers·
Chicago
209 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Bar Seating
Burger Bar Chicago deserves a spot on any “best of” list for burgers. The unpretentious, casual atmosphere matches the laid-back menu that delivers unique recipes for a classic patRead more
100% recommended
14 people mentioned the Truffle Fries
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$$$$·Contemporary American·
Chicago
296 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
The Kennison, an innovative Lincoln Park restaurant, pairs the best of contemporary American fare with casual dining options. The menu will please a wide variety of diners, with itRead more
88% recommended
11 people mentioned the Short Rib
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$$$$·American·
Chicago
2,133 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Fun
  • Special Occasion
Sweet lovers rejoice with a meal at the Sugar Factory. The fun, funky, and eclectic decor promises a night of fun, and the menu delivers. The cocktail book may take a while to pageRead more
81% recommended
Kid Friendly in Chicago
57 people mentioned the Milkshake
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$$$$·Burgers·
Chicago
185 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Grab a seat at the bar at Umami Burger in West Loop. The seating is plentiful and the service is quick. At this restaurant, burgers are the main course with vegan patties side-by-sRead more
15 people mentioned the Umami Burger
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$$$$·American·
Chicago
4,737 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Fun
Lettuce Entertain You hits another winner with Hub 51, a River North eatery combining great contemporary American food with a casual vibe. Just below the restaurant is Sub 51, a laRead more
91% recommended
57 people mentioned the Short Rib
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