The Best Burgers in Chicago

The OpenTable Team

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, Atwood, Bellwether
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American
Neighborhoods:Lincoln Park, Downtown / Loop, Gold Coast / Streeterville

Summer House Santa Monica

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
4,500 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
91% recommended
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Atwood

$$$$·American·
Downtown / Loop
4,643 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Business Meals
  • Great for Lunch
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
100% recommended
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Bellwether

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
361 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
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
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State and Lake Chicago Tavern

$$$$·American·
Downtown / Loop
1,352 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
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
84% recommended
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Petterino's

$$$$·American·
Downtown / Loop
9,544 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Business Meals
  • 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
92% recommended
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L. Woods Tap and Pine Lodge

$$$$·American·
Lincolnwood
5,878 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for Groups
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
100% recommended

The Ogden Chicago

$$$$·American·
West Loop
468 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
89% recommended
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North Branch

$$$$·American·
Glenview
398 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Kid-friendly
  • Good for Groups
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
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Weber Grill - Chicago

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
6,493 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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
94% recommended

The Kennison

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lincoln Park
451 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Brunch
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
94% recommended

Sugar Factory - Chicago River North

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
2,889 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Fun
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
Kid Friendly in Chicago

Umami Burger - West Loop

$$$$·Burgers·
West Loop
214 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
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
83% recommended
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HUB 51 and Ben Pao

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
5,054 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups
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
93% recommended
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Eden

$$$$·American·
West Loop
842 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Our perspective is coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the restaurant’s description: Eden, located in the West Loop area of downtown Chicago just steps from the United CenteRead more
100% recommended
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R J Grunt's

$$$$·American·
Chicago
1,560 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Kid-friendly
  • Great for Lunch
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
93% recommended
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Mity Nice Bar & Grill

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,837 reviews
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Comfort Food
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
92% recommended
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Lokal - Lincoln Park

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
212 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Birthdays
  • 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
90% recommended
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Burger Bar - Lincoln Park - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Burgers·
Lincoln Park
235 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
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
86% recommended
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Walton Street Kitchen + Bar

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
508 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
Our perspective is coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the restaurant’s description: The people that brought you neighborhood favorites Gemini in Lincoln Park & Coda di VolpRead more
93% recommended
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