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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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Mon - Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:45PM

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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

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food

4.5

service

4.1

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (28)
Casual (27)
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Good for Birthdays (22)
Good for Groups (21)
Fun (19)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Bar Seating (12)
Authentic (11)
Business Meals (10)
Cozy (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Romantic (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Spicy (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Kid-friendly (4)
Great Beer (4)
People Watching (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
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Afternoon Coffee (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Best baby back ribs in Chicago. Really good service too. Unfortunately their chairs are unusually low, and uncomfortable for anyone that is over 6' tall. I've honestly never sat in restaurant chairs that were so low. Be sure you get seated in a booth!

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·Dined 4 days ago

This was my second time at Chicago q. The first time I went about 2 years ago it was great. This time, my reservation was forgotten for 45 minutes. When we arrived we notified the hosts and they said it would still be a few minutes for our table so we sat at the bar and had a drink while we waited. After about half an hour we went to see why we were still waiting and they said they forgot we were there. Once seated our server forgot to bring a glass of wine I had ordered when reminded twice and then forgot to bring one of the sides we ordered. We were still charged for the side even after notifying him that it never came and had to ask for it to be removed from the bill. The food was still great but I wouldn't go back again due to poor service. Hopefully just an off night.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Major bill issues. Took 45 minutes to sort out the check. Oddly weird portions of meat. We get it’s BBQ but be clear about portion sizes

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 4 days ago

I don’t know how a place gets any better than the Q. The competition ribs are unmatched- so meaty and delicious. The brisket meatballs? Out of this world. And the service is spectacular. Can get a little loud but you won’t mind after the first bite. Amazing. And the cocktails are superb.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We enjoyed the pickles and chips. The pulled pork nachos were great.

Tags: Quick Bite, Tapas, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We discovered Chicago Q through Open Table and were very pleased! The decor is simple and comfortable, the service is friendly and very knowledgeable, the drinks were fun as well as good bourbon and wine choices. We loved every food item we ordered from the alligator appetizer to main courses of mac-n-cheese and barbecue plates. We will be back for sure!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great, but I missed the wet towels for cleaning up after ribs.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

...meh. Brisket was ok. Sausage was grainy.

The service was friendly and helpful.

I hadn’t been in years, and the food was pretty much the same as I remembered.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

If you thought getting upscale yet delicious chicken and waffles was impossible, think again (or, better yet, just go to Q).

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food never fails to be delicious. We drive in from the suburbs specifically to get our barbecue fix.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We were "celebrating" a birthday. When we walked in, I was taken by the lovely ambiance. However, despite the restaurant being half empty, with no one waiting, they rushed us through our meal to the point that we did not enjoy being there. While we were eating the appetizers, they asked more than once if they could take our plates (there was still food on them!). We had not finished our salad when they plopped our main course in the middle of the table. We had not finished our main course before they asked if we wanted our food boxed to take home and we were given the check before they even asked if we wanted coffee. They did give my son (adult) son a complementary dessert for his birthday, but he loves carrot cake and I had planned to order a slice, but they did not ask if we wanted to order anything else for dessert, just brought the check.
We felt unwelcome and rushed throughout the experience. What could have been delicious food, had it been savored and enjoyed ended up being an accompaniment to an annoyance. I told the waiter more than once, "we are not in a hurry," but he just seemed to want to get us out of there. I would not recommend this place to anyone. There are too many restaurants in Chicago that actually WELCOME patrons. This is not one of them.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food as usual but was pleasantly surprised by happy hour! Good dining choices and drink specials. We sat at the bar and ate dinner there. Our server, Lincoln, was exceptional.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Super cute, homey place - think of the decor as Magnolia Homes/Joanna Gaines style. House made BBQ potato chips and sweet pickles given to each table were absolutely delicious. Brisket, pulled pork and French fries were our favorites. Service, though, was so-so - not as warm and welcoming as the look and feel would suggest.

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I found Chicago Q on the Find Me Gluten Free app which mentioned the staff is very knowledgeable about items containing gluten. This was definitely true & the food was delish!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Service is great! Love the ambiance of this place. Simple. The pulled chicken sandwich is wonderful! Would just get the pulled chicken plate next time. Husband had the steak salad. It was wonderful. Son had a great burger. Our teens enjoyed it. Will return! Simple food done well!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food flavours were great, but the service was slower than expected (20+ mins after being seated before any waiter came to our table to take a drink order). Food came out room temperature, nearly 40+ minutes after ordering entree. When addressed, manager seemed intoxicated and gave food vouchers which we won’t likely use.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Cheeseburger was the worst I have had in as long as I can remember. Any fast food burger would be far superior to this "burger". Management will be best served if it is removed from the menu.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Have never had a better all around experience at a restaurant. Amazing service, food and atmosphere! Every employee that we interacted with was so friendly and helpful.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Service was a little slow

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Service was slow. My quesadilla was not melted. Very cramped and noisy

Tags: Casual
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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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vip
 (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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vip
·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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (México)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excelente!!!!

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