Taste the Best of Every BBQ Style
Memphis has its dry rub, Lexington, North Carolina its vinegar, and Kansas City has its sweet sauce, but Chicago has them all. Some highlights include the current hot place Smoque (try the brisket and the beans, North Side), Rub’s Backcountry Smokehouse (try the cobbler, North Side), and Smalls (with a Filipino/Korean inflection, Irving Park). The founded-in-1932-so-you-know-its-good Twin Anchors in Lincoln Park (try all flavors of the Prohibition sauce), Barn & Company (get the chicken, North Side), Honey-1 BBQ (ribs and tips, South Side), and Lem’s, which looks like a café built around a smoker, on the South Side, are all worth a stop.
After your belly is as round as it’ll get, you have options for sitting down a spell and adjusting to your new physical shape. Take in the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Day games generally don’t sell out, so you can just roll up and enjoy the history — and the game. Nighttime fun runs the gamut from comedy — try legendary comedy club Second City — to tragedy, aka the Blues. As with BBQ, Chicago offers iterations from all over the map. Start at Kingston Mines, which also has BBQ (go with the catfish). Next morning, take it easy with a stroll through hip Logan Square, starting with coffee at Ipsento. Then head for Revolution Brewing to start the process all over again.Back to top