Windy City Smokeout Chefs Reveal Their Favorite Chicago Spots

Photograph by Louis Hansel

Delve into the culinary wonders of Chicago as we unveil a collection of hidden hangouts and local gems that the chefs of Windy City Smokeout favor! In this article, we’ll provide a list of stars among the city’s vibrant food scene, exploring lesser-known establishments and spots cherished by insiders. Whether you’re a local seeking new experiences or a visitor eager to explore the city’s culinary delights, this guide will help you navigate through the hidden treasures of Chicago’s culinary landscape.

Where to Eat

Chef Bryan Worthen, Sugarfire Smokehouse: “King Crab Legs at RPM Steakhouse!”

Chef Evan LeRoy, LeRoy and Lewis Barbecue: “JP Graziano! It doesn’t get more Chicago than their sandwiches! “

Chef Henry Cai, 3 Little Pigs: “3 Little Pigs! If you don’t love what you cook then why do it?”

Chef Mitch Benjamin, Meat Mitch: “Pizzeria Portofino. I can sit outside and watch all the boats on the river.”

Where to Drink

Chef Bryan: “Bourbon at Bub City.” 

Chef Evan: “Rossi. Give me a dive bar!”

Chef Henry: “Cafe Jumping Bean.”

Chef Mitch: “Hangge Uppe at 2 a.m. Why not?”

Chicago Bucket List

Chef Bryan: “Soldier Field for a Bears game, a speedboat ride on Lake Michigan and my favorite thing to do in the world: bar hopping!” 

Chef Evan: “A yacht ride on Lake Michigan, James Beard Awards and a Bears game at Soldier Field.”

Chef Henry: “Try every restaurant in the city, drink coffee at every coffee shop and collaborate with every restaurant in the city.”

Chef Mitch: “I want to see Pearl Jam at Wrigley Field, eat at Alinea and take my son to play a round at Chicago Golf Club.”

Meet all of these great chefs during the amazing Windy City Smokeout festival, July 13th to the 16th!

Great BBQ, country music, bourbon and beer!

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