A Chicago Pork & Whiskey Tour

Ribs, bacon, bourbon and beyond...


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A Chicago Pork & Whiskey Tour

A Chicago Pork & Whiskey Tour

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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.

County Barbeque

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

West Loop Salumi

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.

Blackwood BBQ

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.

Tommy Knuckles Tavern & Lounge

A tavern with TV dinners in Lincoln Park

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

Gallery Bar

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 Beercade

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 on the Roof

Homestead - Eat - Thrillist Chicago

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

25 Degrees Restaurant

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

The Boiler Room

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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.

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...

Lillie's Q

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

Old Fifth

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).

The Berkshire Room

Pappy Van Winkle-barreled cocktails and bourbon ice cream

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    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.

Cone Gourmet Ice Cream

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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.

The Bentley Tavern

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.

The NOSH at Wicker Park

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

Polanco Classic Latino Steakhouse

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.

Dusek's

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.

Honky Tonk BBQ

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.

The Dawson

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.

Koval Distillery

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.

Room 13

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.

Mr. Spanky's

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.

The Haute & The Dog

Dressed-up dogs on Damen

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

Lao 18

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