The Chew Chew

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Voted Chicagoland's #1 "Neighborhood Restaurant" by Open Table, "Best of Chicago" by Chicago Magazine and "TOP 25 Suburban Restaurant (2017)" by Chicago Eater. "Happy Hour" daily (4-6pm) with $2 off Beer, $3 off Cocktails & $4 Quartinos of Wine. The Chew Chew has over 20 years experience providing great food & hospitality to our guests. Chef/Owner Scott Zimmer re-opened the popular eatery two-blocks from the original location which now features multi-level dining, a large bar/lounge, new menu and an expanded beer and wine list.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite goto restaurant....local and amazingly good every time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food. Service was very quick.

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KathleenD
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its our favorite restaurant near our home. Great food, ambiance, excellent wait staff, reservations are organized, the chef presents the most beautiful and delicious dishes. We can't praise it enough.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

New fav place

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TrevorB
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience all around. Food and drinks were excellent, and locale makes repeat visits an absolute.

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vipdors
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Madrid Gras at Chew Chew is always wonderful!!

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vipRosemary
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat! Scott has a great restaurant.

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vipTony
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Eating in the bar, was very loud, Food as always very good.

what I like is being able to customize the menu, to your liking

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vipskvasnicka
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They always have delicious inventive food, great theme menus and very
attentive staff

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The Chew Chew is a great find and fun for a special night out. We were there twice very recently. I was so impressed the first time we decided to go for my birthday the following week. The food is delicious. I had the pork chop and smashed sweet potatoes. They have a good selection of gluten free dishes. There’s an upcharge for gluten free bread. I always wonder if it really is such a problem with overhead when restaurants charge more for this. The garlic butter made up for that small annoyance.

I definitely plan on returning!

Thank you for the great evening. It’s a nice place for a family night out but even better for a celebration.

LC

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vipMarilynW
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mardi Gras week is a winner! Fantastic Blackened Redfish. Wish we could have it every night.

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vipOakparkbob
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I went on a Saturday & made a reservation for 6:30pm. I highly recommend reservations. I made a meal of two appetizers-meatballs with boars meat and duck potstickers. Both were good, but the meatballs were not as warm as I’d like. I’ll try them again the next time I’m there.

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vipLocalFoodie
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day date night

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hennj
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic, and the service was outstanding. Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Felt a bit rushed with the server. Only happened this time and not times in the past.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu for restaurant week. Excellent wine recommendation.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. Very pleasant service a great time.

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DOROTHYS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect early dinner

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Donna
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Service was good but food was mediocre and not worth the price. I had jambalaya which was glorified rice. Only 2 tiny thin slices of andouille sausage, very little chicken and pale shrimp. Mostly gooey rice. Lettuce wraps had undercooked chicken. Not worth the price

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vipPhil
Chicago
75 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice casual local dining spot. Generally, good food and lots of special and wine discounts.

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vipMarilynW
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Rib Week, and the ribs were cooked perfectly. They were NOT overcooked, but a marvelous smokey chew-off-the-bone meatiness. The sauces were divine - smokey bacon molasses was our favorite. Definitely worth a repeat.

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vipdors
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rib Week is not to be missed. Delicious, a steal at $19.95 for a full slab of smoked ribs +, great wine.

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TrishM
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food was absolutely outstanding! This time around I had the scallops with crab risotto; the scallops were tender and the crab risotto delicate but flavorful. Accompanied by an excellent pomegranate Cosmo and followed up with a lovely vanilla creme brulee. The table shared smoked trout as well as the boar Swedish meatballs, both of which were wonderful . I ordered the Steak Diane previously and it was cooked to perfection. The staff is very attentive and friendly, the decor warm and inviting. Highly recommended!

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vipSharonS
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a warm and friendly place. We loved the dinner and our server!

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PatriciaM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful service, charming ambience. Consistently good.

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FromOakPark
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a family get together with a variety of menu choices for different tastes. Food was great and service was exceptional.

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vipPondy5
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This is not my first review for this restaurant...we LOVE this place! The food we order is always amazing, the drinks are so good, and the service is perfectly timed. I dropped a star for the food on this trip because we were disappointed to find that one of our kids' favorite appetizers (edamame) had been taken off the menu. Bummer! And I dropped one star for the service because our waitress seemed a bit curt with us a couple of times. I don't think it was personal; I think she probably just wanted to get home to her family (we were there on Christmas Eve), but it was out of the ordinary behavior. But do NOT let this deter you from trying this place...it is a gem of a restaurant and is normally absolutely perfect in our eyes.

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vipefhh
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love this place. If fact we are going again tomorrow to celebrate Christmas Eve!

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vipLocalFoodie
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and awesome jambalaya!

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vipElaineP
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our tiny village is so very fortunate to have such a fine restaurant. Thank you for being here, Chew Chew!

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AndyN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Inventive cocktails.
We loved everything.

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vipOakparkbob
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

We had a reservation for 6pm on a Thursday night but had to wait about 15 minutes when they finally offered to sit us upstairs. No one else was upstairs as we were seated. Not exactly a nice ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chew Chew never disappoints. The gracious waitstaff and the amazing food are consistently excellent. We especially like the specials as they are always delicious. The menu changes often to reflect the season, and this time we especially liked the Thai Lettuce Wraps and the Warm Farmers Salad.

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vipKevinR
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food quality and value!!!!!
Great experience.

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vipMela526
Chicago
342 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice menu options and food is really very good. LOVE the warm bread. Portions are large to say the least. Really a very nice place to go for dinner. Nice dessert menu also.

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ChristineJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Always delicious food and gracious service!
Thank you for this neighborhood gem.

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vipLocalFoodie
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu that evolves and is never boring.

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vipElaineP
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new Chicken Katsu sandwich was delicious! Thanks, Scott!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the Chew Chew food and service. Some changes to menu that we tried since last visit and they all were tasty. Had a new wait staff and she was able to answer questions about new menu items.

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vipRobJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Chew Chew has been a favorite of my wife and mine since their previous location. They keep reinventing themselves and the quality is really high. You can tell Scott works really hard and takes pride in delivering delicious food and excellent service.

The other night was no exception--we were over the moon with how delicious the new Ahi Poke Bowl (my wife's) and Crab Risotto with Scallops (mine) were. It was one of those moments where all the flavors and freshness just blended together climactically for a wonderful dinner!

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The Chew Chew offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (708) 447-8781.

The Chew Chew is rated 4.7 stars by 1157 OpenTable diners.

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