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A Chicago Pork & Whiskey Tour

Ribs, bacon, bourbon and beyond...

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We've got the low down on everything with bacon you should eat at DMK's BBQ joint, including this bacon, onion and potato parfait.

Everything with bacon you should eat at DMK's BBQ joint

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Pancetta at West Loop Salumi...A glistening palace of cured meat

A glistening palace of cured meat

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If Chipotle had a baby with a BBQ joint, Blackwood BBQ and its mix-and-match counter-service would be the result. We recommend the pulled pork with Chicago sauce, sweet cheddar cornbread, and cole slaw.

If Chipotle had a baby with a BBQ joint...

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Tommy Knuckles' The Zeitgeist (whiskey, blue Curacao, lemon, bitters) appropriately translates to “the spirit of the time”, the time in this case being happy hour.

Dip into Gallery Bar's Swimming Pig, jumbo shrimp, pork belly, garlic-chile rice noodles, and mango gastrique.

Admire beer cocktails & pork-packed street food

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Pair cocktails with arcade games at Headquarters Beercade. We recommend The Avengers & The Brooklyner--a combo of rye, sweet vermouth, and Angostura.

Headquarters Pinball Expansion - Drink - Thrillist Chicago

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Homestead's The Weston: a bourbon cocktail with Dark Matter coffee essence coated in pipe-tobacco spray.

Homestead - Eat - Thrillist Chicago

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Sample 25 Degrees' Salty Caramel with Maker's Mark, butterscotch, and Hawaiian red sea salt.

Jameson soft serve at The Boiler Room. Order a round of cones for everyone!

Smalls brines their pork in garlic, jalapeno, brown sugar, and Squirt, then smokes it for 12hrs, and serves it with green papaya slaw accompanied by five-spice frites and your choice of Sriracha mayo, bacon mustard, or banana ketchup.

Smalls - This Filipino smoke shack knows how to use bacon

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Bacon, lettuce, & tomato fans must try the chicken skin BLT at Lillie’s Q in Wicker Park...

Old Fifth boasts a wall of over 140 varieties of whiskey...

Double-decker pizza and wall-to-wall whiskey

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The Berkshire Room offers 200+ whiskeys offered (including a secret off-menu reserve list).

Pappy Van Winkle-barreled cocktails and bourbon ice cream

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  • Jasmine Quintana

    Surely you haven't forgotten the whiskey selection at Untitled (111 W Kinzie) too!

Irish creamery Cone serves up a Jameson milkshake topped with homemade whipped cream, caramel, and a cherry. Boozeshakes are the best.

Behold: Bentley Tavern's Bentley Burger--layers of grass-fed beef, pork belly, 8yr-aged cheddar, chanterelles, house-made pickles, and some veggies (sigh, fine!) on a pretzel roll.

A carnivore's guide to The Bentley Tavern

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Mixteco Grill’s pork torta is packed with black beans, poblano, red onions marinated in orange juice, chipotle mayonnaise, and habaneros. As Ken Griffey Jr. might say, “It’s like there’s a party in my mouth and everyone’s invited,” but probably not in one take.

Polanco's Pork Wings (actually a shank cooked carnitas-style) are just one stop on our Nose-to-Tail pork guide of Chicago!

Eat your way around Chicago with this nose-to-tail pork guide

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Served in custom glasses, the Dusek's punch mixes bourbon, lemon, raw sugar, dark ale, and nutmeg.

Bowls of booze & beer-backed bites from the Longman & Eagle folks

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As you work your way up to Honky Tonk’s slow-smoked pulled pork, the perfect pig gateway drug is a plate of maple syrup-coated, thick-cut pork belly...aka Bacon Candy.

Pickle tots & bacon candy: Chicago's best bar snacks

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The Dawson in West Loop serves up Pigs in a Blanket made with Mandarin-style pork sausage, bao, and spicy mustard.

Two floors of cocktails and comfort food from a Next vet

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Sample some made-in-Chi whiskey at the Koval Distillery in Ravenswood.

A guide to drinking at every distillery in Chicago

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Sip on a Manhattan in Room 13...a secret speakeasy under the Old Chicago Inn.

How to get into the secret speakeasy under the Old Chicago Inn

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Mr. Spanky's is a meat haven in Bridgeport.

A meat haven in Bridgeport

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The Haute & The Dog's Green Chili Mac & Cheese Dog combines Albuquerque flavor with a quintessential comfort food...You won't believe the toppings this place has for their tube steaks.

Dressed-up dogs on Damen

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Tony Hu has landed downtown, and he wants to feed you soy-smoked pork belly.

A must at David Burke's pork emporium: five-spice dry-aged duck bun with Chinese bacon, hoisin sauce, cucumber & cilantro.

All the bacon at David Burke's pork emporium

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Hoppin' Hots' Sassy Hot tosses more sass than Pam Grier in her prime with chorizo, jalapeños, cheddar sauce, crushed avocado, pepitas, and a fried egg all atop a sturdy potato bun nestled next to a batch of hand-cut fries.