Because Tommy Boy spoke for everyone when he uttered the timeless words, “Tommy likey. Tommy want wingy,” here’s the list, in no particular order, of Chicago's very best wings. From old-school Buffalo to double-fried Korean, all of these are well worth begging Helen to fire up the deep fryer.
These are the best wings in Chicago
1. Take Me Out1502 W 18th St, Chicago
2. Dak1104 W Granville, Chicago
3. Mott St1401 N Ashland Ave, Chicago
4. Jake Melnick's Corner Tap41 E Superior St, Chicago
5. The Fifty/502047 W Division St, Chicago
6. Crisp2940 N Broadway, Chicago
7. Frontier1072 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
8. Yusho2853 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago
Take Me Out is a Chinese... well, take-out restaurant and wing palace that serves up some of the finest "hotties" (seriously, that's what they call their wings) in all of Chicago.
This counter-service joint is literally family-style (son runs the front of the house while his parents & bro head up the kitchen), and gets its name from the Korean word for "chicken," a nod to the delicately crisped wings in which they specialize.
Mott St is a tiny Asian resto tucked away in an unassuming space, helmed by the Ruxbin folks, and serving things like bagel-inspired Everything Wings.
Jake Melnick's Corner Tap is a beer bar in River North, Chicago that's serving up some killer hot wings and other bar foods.
The 50's a tri-level sports temple serving gluttonous fare like in-house smoked meats (ribs, pulled pork, wings), mac 'n' cheese toppable with everything from chicken to chili, and the "Double-Secret Probation"-esque "Triple Secret:" a tri-meat fatburger with a classified recipe.
Crisp is a chicken wing joint in Lakeview that's known for its variety of sauces, including the famous Seoul Sassy one.
It may not be the final frontier, but with ice-taps pouring 16 traditional and seasonal brews, a meat heavy menu featuring specialty sausages, steaks, and "Animal Service", flat screen TVs, and a beer garden, you won't need to explore any further. Allied: Ready yourself for Animal Service with some Smith & Forge, the hard cider that's built strong -- built from Apples and built to Refresh.
Because apparently not everything in Japan gets lost in translation, the former Charlie Trotter's exec chef drew on the energy and community he discovered in the country's street food scene when conceiving Yusho, relying on his architect wife to channel his vision into an eclectic space centered around a bar made from century-old wood beams and lit by reclaimed lights dangling at different lengths, and a skylit back room equipped with a projector playing anime, so you won't be alone in having eyes bigger than your stomach.