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About Chicago q

Bringing southern charm to the Windy City, Pitmaster Art Smith has created a barbecue experience like none other. Since opening our doors in 2010, Chicago q has mastered the art of elevated BBq favorites. From our “Competition” Pulled Pork, St. Louis Ribs, Sliced Brisket, and crisp Coleslaw -- Chicago q celebrates delicious, award-winning BBq from the Carolinas, Texas, Missouri, and Tennessee.

Whether dining in the comfort of our Savannah-style dining room or underneath the lights of our seasonally-constructed pergola, know that you’re getting the finest BBq Chicago has to offer. While you’re here, check out Chicago q’s extensive beverage menu, boasting a well-cultivated bourbon collection with hand-picked flights featured alongside craft cocktails – sure to perfectly compliment the smoky BBq flavors. Chicago q also offers private rooms for special events, accommodating up to 50 guests, as well as, catering to your home or office.

1160 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60610
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Barbecue

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Everyday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm; Friday-Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am Brunch: Saturday-Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
Division

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 642-1160

Website:
http://chicagoqrestaurant.com/

Catering:
Chicago now is offering catering! Visit www.chicagoqrestaurant.com for our catering menu. Please call us at 312-642-1160 when you re ready to place an order. For in-house events visit our private events page.

Parking Details:
Valet is offered during business hours at $15/car.

Public Transit:
Red line at Clark and Division. Walk east to Dearborn then South to 1160 N. Dearborn and you are at BBQ heaven. Bus 36 will take you to Clark and Division as well.

Executive Chef:
Art Smith

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Chicago q Restaurant features artisanal house-made rubs and sauces and our chefs use wood burning smokers to create the most delicious BBq in Chicago. Southern quality service and a modern ambiance make Chicago q Restaurant the perfect location for your next event.

Chicago q Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.1

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (36)
Good for a Date (29)
Casual (26)
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Good for Groups (24)
Fun (23)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Authentic (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Business Meals (13)
Worth the Drive (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Cozy (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Happy Hour (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Romantic (8)
Spicy (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
People Watching (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Great Beer (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

All things change and Chicago Q isn't an exception. I used to love this place, it's okay... great location with okay ribs and subpar sides.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

We always go when we are in town! Their ribs and in general the meat is fantastic!
Service is good and nice.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great happy hour menu that we caught the end of. Love the ribs tips and old fashioned special. It was like 20 bucks and was nice and full. Bartender great too.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 4, 2017

As always, I dream of the bread-n-butter pickles and was not disappointed. My friends ribs were very good, and all of the happy hour appetizers were nice as well. I ordered the burnt ends and they were horrible - salty, no flavor except cumin, dry, & tough. Grossly disappointed with that dish.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

It was a slow Sunday night.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great food and very lively spot! Restaurant was hopping. Love the chips and pickles.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Loud and service that is not attentive. Very busy but overall good was not great. Pulled pork was good but ribs were dry, cornbread bad and sauces watery. We are Southerners who moved to Chicago from Nashville so our expectations are high for barbecue.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Als always very kindly service and a good quality of food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Spicy, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

It's close to our home, so we go. Not a lot of BBQ options downtown. Good bbq, but not great.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We discovered this place for Happy Hour and have continued to come for the quality food and beverage.

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Chicago q had been on our list for awhile to try. Being BBQ lovers, we were stoked when we showed up. I ordered the pulled pork quesadilla and my husband had the competition rack of ribs for $35....ouch! He had the honey butter cornbread and I opted for the Mac and cheese. Food was ok but didn’t live up to the hype in our opinion. Ribs were super smoked, so if you like that, these might be for you but it also made the meat very dry. Cornbread lacked flavor and was super dry and crumbly. Mac and cheese had good flavor but was watery. Quesadilla was loaded with meat but the sauce left much to be desired. We weren’t really impressed with any of the sauce choices that they bring to the table. We will definitely try it again for happy hour—deals and drinks looked good. Didn’t think the main dishes lived up to our expectations or the cost tho.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Best bbq food I have had in a long time. The sauce and quality of the brisket was second to none.
I will be going back again the next time I am in chicago.

Tags: Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great flavor! Loved the meat sampler with sides of beans and mac-n-cheese to share. Local gem!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The wAiter who served us wasn't the friendliest. He wanted us in and out as he gave us the check without asking if we wanted dessert (which we did).

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

As always good quality of food, fast and kindly service

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Fun, Bar Seating, Business Meals, People Watching, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Awful!! We had a very bad experience during our thanksgiving dinner!! We order a wine bottle we didn’t like, then we asked the manager Ben the possibility to change it and he regret to do it with a bad attitude!!! We are a red wine lovers, so due to a bad wine we had a very bad dinner :( Fortunately we have to many options in Chicago so never come back again to this place!!!
Sorry to the rest of the staff!!

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had a great Thanksgiving dinner here. Love the restaurant.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Fun, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

It's a Thanksgiving dinner and apparently all the staff are way too busy. Food portion is smaller than previous years, from what I remember.

Food quality is great. Would recommend.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

My SO and I came here for the Thanksgiving dinner special. We made a reservation, not sure how long the wait would have been without it, but we were seated early and served right away. This place looks like a little white southern house, being from the south this was soooo nice! It is HUGE on the inside, its crazy! The atmosphere is like a cozy, wine-cellar, southern comfort vibe. The meal was AMAZING! There were 2 options for Thanksgiving and we got both (one with Turkey n' fixins' and the other prime rib) to share along with wine and drinks. Its a steal for Thanksgiving in Chicago. Would definitely return here. Plus, on normal days they have a good happy hour going on! Southern comfort food right in Chicago!

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Cozy
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 (México)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excelente!!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Had a wonderful thanksgiving here!! Loved it all!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

I hesitate to leave such a poor review because Chicago q used to be one of my favorite restaurants in the neighborhood. In fact, I've celebrated more than one birthday there. Unfortunately, the quality of the food has fallen over the past few years -- particularly so recently -- and the prices have risen (e.g., now you have to pay for sides separately). In June, we were served multiple 8 oz. aluminum bottles of Diet Coke (for $3 each) that were a year past their expiration and discovered not an ounce of unexpired Diet Coke existed in the entire restaurant. That same trip, we noticed a distinct drop in portion size and overall quality of our meat -- less meat, more bun, etc. This past week, we still chose to have a hassle-free Thanksgiving at Chicago q. We ordered from the prix fixe menu. For $41 each, our entire meal arrived seemingly 30 seconds after we ordered it, all slopped onto the plate --- clearly from vats of stuffing, gravy, turkey, etc. Some bites were hot, some were cold, nothing was freshly made. We had to ask for the promised corn muffins. In contrast to the old days of moist, delicious cornbread (served in a skillet with your meal), these muffins were dry, hard and cold. Our desserts were also tiny and unsatisfying --- not the norm from Chicago q of past years. For over $50 a person, we left hungry enough to want snacks at our afternoon movie. The only upside? It's the first Thanksgiving in years where I have not felt guilty about how much food I consumed. We left saying to each other that if that had been our first trip to q it would definitely be our last. Such a bummer. That said, I recognize how fortunate we are that we have the luxury of complaining about a sub-par $50 meal on Thanksgiving. I hope Chicago q returns to its old form.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

The BBQ is great! The pickles are fantastic along with the drinks, sides and the main dishes. The portions are generous and the service is great!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 18, 2017

First time to eat here, but not last!!! My daughter and I were there to celebrate her 28th Birthday!!! From cocktails through to dessert, everything was delicious!!! Unusual flavors and bold taste!!!
We are getting “Take Away” for our Family Christmas!!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Seating service could be improved and more organized. Very unpleasant initially but improved as we ordered.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

It was a quiet Thursday night. Everything was all-star as usual but one thing struck me as unique. ONE rib of mine fell onto the tray they were serving the plates from. Thirty seconds later a server came over with two extra ribs and apologized. I wouldn't have said anything, but it's that level of attention that will keep us coming back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We’ve been here for dinner several times and liked it a lot. This time the service was very poor. We didn’t get a side we ordered at all yet it was on the bill. The food was fine. The restaurant was very quiet (empty) on a Sunday night. Won’t be going back for a while.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

It’s good but not a good value. Waiter seemed bothered made no suggestions didn’t even introduce himself.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

I have been to Q a few times and the food is delicious. However, my most recent experience was horrible service. We arrived on time and were told they were 30 minutes behind and to wait in the bar area until our name was called. After an hour, we went to check with the hostess who said she "forgot about us" and that we "should've reminded her". Upon finally being seated, the food took another hour to come out after ordering. Overall, it was nearly a three hour dinner which caused us to get a $60 parking ticket. The restaurant did nothing to rectify the situation or even apologize.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was a very disappointing evening. We had a reservation but still had to wait 15 minutes. Once seated the waitress started out very attentive, but as the evening progressed we saw less and less of her. They were out of the beer I ordered and when the food came it was dry and not very warm. The restaurant was noisy and warm inside. Dinner took 2 hours as we waited around a lot. As I said, very disappointing given the high OpenTable rating.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Best barbecue I’ve had in awhile. Great friendly service

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Very small drinks and not small prices. I will only order beer if there is a next time. Buttermilk fried chicken is a must.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food is very mediocre- not great. The ribs were dry and the pulled pork was flavorless. The beans just didn’t taste good period.
Service was OK- not amazing. The food came out fast but the waiter wasn’t attentive nor friendly. It was REALLY loud. Since we went for a friends get together it was hard to catch up in such a loud space.
The value was pretty good- their happy hour deal is decent.
Overall, will not be returning.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Everything was just dry

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Our first visit to Chicago Q was very satisfying. Food was very good and service was very well paced and very friendly. Top notch.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

New menu change and it appears the prices have gone up a significant amount. The sides that used to be included are all extra. Sodas are expensive and served in a small bottle, always tasty,

Food is always tasty, just getting really pricey for my budget.

Tags: Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food, great place, great service

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We enjoyed it. More expensive than typical bbq place, but upscale atmosphere, service, and more varied menu made it worthwhile.

Tags: Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Food was very good. Enjoyed the pickles and chips that were served ahead while we had drinks and waited for our meal. Waiter (Erick) was very good and pleasant. Erick Answered all our questions and was very helpful in suggestions for our meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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