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Chicago Q

#78 of 7,702 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Gold Coast
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1160 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60610-2720 (Division)
+1 312-642-1160
11:00 - 22:30
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Sun 10:00 - 22:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:30
Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat 10:00 - 00:00
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279 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had no idea this was an Art Smith restaurant when we walked in.....we were just in the mood for BBQ. What an amazing find! The food was incredible and the service was just right. You know the right blend of attentiveness without hovering or intruding. Oh and the BBQ......oh man the BBQ, so very yummy! The rack of ribs....is... More 

Thank RJFfromCO
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing BBQ sauces; weird service people. Great bbq pork, pretty good ribs, ok bbq chicken... Place is upscale bbq and quality of sauce is awesome but a little "pharmaceutical clean room.". Need to loosen up a bit.

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Pikeville, Kentucky
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51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is my second review of Chicago q (first was in 2015). After my first visit in 2015, I talked about this place up until the day we came back last weekend! I had deemed this place as "the best mac n cheese" and "my favorite place in Chicago", but I must say I was let down this time. The... More 

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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Found out about this restaurant from a local. Nice setting, great service, delicious food if you're in the mood for great barbecue. The front of the restaurant is a charming white building with a unobtrusive "Q" on the sign out front. Within walking distance of our hotel near north Michigan avenue.

Thank Baranimal
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Started the evening with some difficulty locating the restaurant as it didn't look like a typical BBQ restaurant from the outcome. Once in we were very quickly shown to our table despite being almost an hour early. The interior made us feel like we were dining in someone's home. Service was efficient and friendly. Loved the pickled cucumbers and chips... More 

Thank Wai-Mun
Loveland, Ohio
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38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Truth be told - I am a BBQ snob. Texas, KC, NC, I have been to over a 100 BBQ restaurants and smoke my own food. Chicago q is pretty good and there sides are very good.

Thank tenchains
Chicago, Illinois
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Great BBQ in the hart of the city! Food and service are fantastic. We love coming here. Everything on the menu is great. It's so nice to enjoy BBQ in a bit upscale place. You will love it!!!

Thank mcervini
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Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Very nice ambience. Good lighting and service. Great bbq sauces, all 4 of them. Corn bread was a little dry but good. Excellent pulled pork.

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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3 reviews
Reviewed 13 February 2017

This was an enjoyable delicious place for brunch. The staff was entertaining and the food was plentiful and delicious

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48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

We went to Chicago Q for a late dinner this weekend and had a great meal. The dining room is bustling and loud, but it's worth it for the food. Service was very prompt and accommodating, and we had the bonus experience of being there during Restaurant Week...which meant special deals on a 3-course meal (appetizer, entree and dessert). The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$40
American, Bar, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1160 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60610-2720
  • Public Transportation: 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.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Gold Coast
  • Neighbourhood: Gold Coast
  • Phone Number: +1 312-642-1160
Chicago q is not your ordinary barbecue joint. Since opening in 2010, Chef/Partner Lee Ann Whippen has created a barbecue experience like none other by using the highest quality meats seasoned with house-made rubs while served in a Savannah-style dining room, imbued with Southern charm and comfort.

The restaurant serves Whippen's award-winning competition fare alongside regional favorites from the Carolinas, Texas, Missouri and Tennessee, which pair perfectly with the best selection of rare and exclusive bourbons in Chicago. Whether in the neighborhood or traveling to the city, a group of two or one of 50, Chicago q is the ideal space for any gathering or occasion.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Gold Coast
Located just north of The Loop, Gold Coast is one of Chicago’s most affluent and popular neighborhoods. The original Playboy, Hugh Hefner, once had a mansion here. In addition to prestigious hotels, historic mansions and luxury high-rise apartments, you’ll also find upscale specialty boutiques and Michelin-starred restaurants. Walk along Oak Street for your shopping fix and dance through the night along Rush Street. The Newberry Library is also a great stop to check out noteworthy exhibits and rare book collections.
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