The Best Wings in Chicago

The OpenTable Team

Chicago, Illinois and Buffalo, New York both sit offshore of the Great Lakes. These two cities have another thing in common -- a love for chicken wings. Although Buffalo has earned global status for its sauce, Chicago can hold its own when it comes to this spicy bar snack. The Windy City in the Midwest boasts dozens of restaurants making this finger-licking dish a creation all their own. So just where should diners start their quest? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We’ve checked data from thousands of restaurants to find the best wings in Chicago, according to OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. From the DuSable Bridge to the Union Stockyards Gate, the city teems with eateries serving some of the crispiest, sauciest wings to satisfy even the most finicky of diners. So, grab a handful of napkins, browse our list, and book one of these restaurants today!

Restaurants:Mott Street, Duck Inn, Juno
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, American, Japanese
Neighborhoods:Bucktown / Wicker Park, Bridgeport, Lincoln Park

Mott Street

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
828 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
From red paper lanterns to long communal tables, Mott Street is much more than a beer and wings establishment. Its unassuming exterior and perfunctory patio don’t even hint at the Read more
88% recommended
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Duck Inn

$$$$·American·
Bridgeport
1,218 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
In good weather, the Duck Inn’s cozy patio, with its mix of high tops and tables, is the perfect place to dine. Inside dining, alongside faded exposed brick walls, is equally cozy Read more
95% recommended
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Juno

$$$$·Japanese·
Lincoln Park
874 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
When looking for the best wings in Chicago, diners wouldn’t know they can find them at a sushi restaurant, but they can. Juno Sushi offers an assortment of popular nigiri, sashimi,Read more
93% recommended
Japanese in Chicago / Illinois
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Margeaux Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria

$$$$·French·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
931 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Margeaux Brasserie is an upscale bistro in Chicago’s famous Waldorf Astoria hotel, tastefully done up in golds and browns and black-and-white parquet flooring. One of award-winningRead more
90% recommended
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City Mouse

$$$$·American·
West Loop
334 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
The City Mouse, located in the lobby of the Ace Hotel, is a great place to go for a casual date night, especially if there are patio tables available around the firepits. Inside, iRead more
85% recommended
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Bayan Ko

$$$$·Filipino·
Ravenswood
200 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
There may be no fusion like Cuban and Filipino fusion. Bayan Ko is a warm and welcoming little restaurant with just a pop of eclectic style—think blue painted chairs, lights on ropRead more
94% recommended
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Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago

$$$$·Barbecue·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
831 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Comfort Food
The suave, polished dining room of Carson’s, uniform with its black banquettes, white chairs and tablecloths, and wood accents, definitely says “steakhouse.” And though it seems alRead more
98% recommended

Barrio

$$$$·Mexican·
River North (Chicago)
1,221 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
Barrio is the city’s fun place to go for Mexican food in an energetic atmosphere. They’ve got a DJ booth where tunes are spun, but not at a volume that prohibits conversation. FoodRead more
94% recommended
Mexican in Chicago / Illinois
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TAO Asian Bistro - Chicago

$$$$·Asian·
River North (Chicago)
1,157 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
TAO Chicago is the second location of this nightclub/restaurant, and it takes inspiration from the first, in New York City. This Asian bistro has a club vibe and welcoming, adventuRead more
90% recommended
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Chicken and Farm Shop

$$$$·American·
West Loop
355 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Casual
The few farmhouse-style tables give the Chicken and Farm Shop cred, while the colorful vintage-style chairs and funky lamps add the fun. Two counters with swivel chairs are reminisRead more
100% recommended
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Doc B's Restaurant + Bar - Gold Coast

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
632 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
With shared banquettes but individual tables, Doc B’s can get a little neighborly, so diners may want to snag an outside table on days when Chicago’s famous wind isn’t blowing off Read more
93% recommended
American in Chicago

Chop Shop

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
368 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fun
The aptly named Chop Shop is a combination butcher shop, deli, restaurant, and bar housed in a former auto repair shop. While the lunch and dinner menus offer salad, salmon, and evRead more
93% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in Chicago
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Green Street Local

$$$$·American·
West Loop
192 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
Like a neighborhood bar, but a little more stylish, Green Street Local strives to appeal to residents and visitors alike with a menu focused on the city it calls home. This includeRead more
90% recommended
Great for Brunch in Chicago / Illinois
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Bar Siena

$$$$·Italian·
West Loop
1,824 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups
A rustic setting meets modern efficiency at Bar Siena, a two-story restaurant serving the flavors of Italy with a decidedly American twist. This is the place to come for all sorts Read more
93% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois
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Sunda

$$$$·Asian·
Chicago
6,221 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
As “new” Asian cuisine, Sunda celebrates the foods of the countries surrounding the Sunda Shelf, a submerged landmass. This means dishes highlight the flavors of China, Japan, the Read more
90% recommended
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Kamehachi of Tokyo - Wells Street

$$$$·Sushi·
Old Town
730 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Billed as “Chicago’s first sushi restaurant,” Kamehachi has been in business for more than four decades. This original location in Old Town serves not just consistently delicious sRead more
88% recommended
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Del Seoul

$$$$·Korean·
Lincoln Park
While the nondescript storefront doesn’t give away how good the food at Del Seoul is, the crowd seen through its windows at any time of day should. This Korean “street food” restauRead more
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Legno

$$$$·Italian·
Portage Park
274 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
Edison lighting, exposed brick walls, and warm wood tones combine in a comforting and comfortable dining environment at Legno. This neighborhood Italian restaurant serves wood-fireRead more
94% recommended
Kid Friendly in Chicago
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Walton Street Kitchen + Bar

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
508 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
This American bistro has a decidedly modern/vintage feel, with modern white walls paired with vintage-style chairs and banquets in the orange, green, and brown tones of the 1970s. Read more
93% recommended
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Dutch & Doc's - Permanently Closed

$$$$·American·
Wrigleyville
404 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Kid-friendly
  • Live Sports
This handsome, welcoming restaurant sits adjacent to Wrigley Field and tends to get crowded on days when the Cubs play at home. Fans and tourists alike mingle here, on two floors oRead more
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