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A Chicago Pork & Whiskey Tour

Ribs, bacon, bourbon and beyond...

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

BBQ Joint

1352 W Taylor St
Chicago , IL

(312) 929-2528

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

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

West Loop Salumi

Gourmet Shop

1111 W Randolph St
Chicago , IL

A glistening palace of cured meat

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

BBQ Joint

307 W Lake St
Chicago , IL

(312) 621-9663

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

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

American Restaurant

433 W Diversey Pkwy
Chicago , IL

(773) 248-3230

A tavern with TV dinners in Lincoln Park

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

Gallery Bar

Cocktail Bar

738 N Clark St.
Chicago , IL

Admire beer cocktails & pork-packed street food

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

Headquarters Beercade


2833 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago , IL

(773) 665-5660

Headquarters Pinball Expansion - Drink - Thrillist Chicago

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

Homestead on the Roof

New American Restaurant

1924 W Chicago Ave
Chicago , IL

(773) 332-2354

Homestead - Eat - Thrillist Chicago

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

25 Degrees Restaurant

Burger Joint

736 N Clark St
Chicago , IL

(312) 943-9700

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

The Boiler Room

Pizza Place

2210 N California Ave
Chicago , IL

(773) 276-5625

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.


BBQ Joint

4009 N Albany Ave
Chicago , IL

(312) 857-4221

Smalls - This Filipino smoke shack knows how to use bacon

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

Lillie's Q

BBQ Joint

1856 W North Ave
Chicago , IL

(773) 772-5500

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

Old Fifth

Whisky Bar

1027 W Madison St
Chicago , IL

(312) 374-1672

Double-decker pizza and wall-to-wall whiskey

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

The Berkshire Room


15 E Ohio
Chicago , IL

(312) 894-0945

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

Ice Cream Shop

1051 W Madison St
Chicago , IL

(312) 666-5111

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

New American Restaurant

2834 N Southport Ave
Chicago , IL

(773) 477-2283

A carnivore's guide to The Bentley Tavern

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

Food Truck

2009 W Schiller St
Chicago , IL

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


2451 N. Milwaukee
Chicago , IL

(773) 227-9898

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

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



1227 W 18th St
Chicago , IL

(312) 526-3851

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

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

BBQ Joint

1800 S Racine Ave
Chicago , IL

(312) 226-7427

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

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

The Dawson

New American Restaurant

732 W. Grand Ave.
Chicago , IL

(312) 243-8955

Two floors of cocktails and comfort food from a Next vet

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

Koval Distillery


5121 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago , IL

(312) 878-7988

A guide to drinking at every distillery in Chicago

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

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

Mr. Spanky's

Sandwich Place

335 W 31st St
Chicago , IL

A meat haven in Bridgeport

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

Hot Dog Joint

1252 N Damen Ave
Chicago , IL

(312) 720-8185

Dressed-up dogs on Damen

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

Lao 18

Chinese Restaurant

18 W Hubbard St
Chicago , IL

(312) 955-8018