You can find all kinds of barbecue in Chicago from sweet and smoky to spicy. Make a pitstop at any of these barbecue hotspots, and don’t forget to bring a large appetite. Check out this list from CBCI.

Honky Tonk BBQ

Head over to the Pilsen neighborhood for some smoky goodness from Honky Tonk BBQ. Owner Willie Wagner has won many awards at competitions and festivals. Enjoy this dynamic space with its live music including jazz, soul, bluegrass, rockabilly, and honky tonk.

Lem’s Bar-B-Q

This South Side staple consistently has customers lined up waiting for outstanding smoked meats topped with their signature sauce. Heads up, this is a takeout only restaurant.

Lillie’s Q

Lillie’s Q is next level Southern cooking. Located inside District Brew Yards, you’ll find Chef Charlie McKenna, who has won numerous awards on the competitive barbecue circuit. His list includes the top prize at Memphis, which is widely regarded as the world championship of barbecue.

The Smoke Daddy

You’ll find this old-school barbecue joint in Wicker Park. This is a great combination of good eats and good rhythms. You’ll find live music seven nights a week plus all the meats and veggies you can think of.

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