Lem's BBQ in Chicago
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Lem's BBQ House

Chicago
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Mon1:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Wed1:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Thu1:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Fri1:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Sat1:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Sun1:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Lem's BBQ House

311 E 75th St

Chicago, IL 60619

Lem's has racked up throngs of fans since it opened in 1954 thanks to its juicy BBQ ribs, which are served out of a retro roadside stand complete with a tall, neon-lit sign. This South Side institution still tops its meats -- from hot links and rib tips to chicken and shrimp -- with the original spicy BBQ sauce that late owner Myles Lemons created back in the 1940s. Prepare for large portions at small prices, and to take your order with you -- this tiny counter doesn't have seating.