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Best Burger in Loop area?

I am wondering if anyone know what place in downdown/loop area that get the best burger available? I have heard soem good things about Rosebud Steakhouse's burger, but is there other place for good burger?

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  1. Gibson's also has an excellent burger. The meat is freshly ground and has a wonderful robust beef flavor. They have a location on Rush in the city and one in Rosemont for the "suburburbanites"

    1. Do you mean only in the Loop, or also in the surrounding neighborhoods (River East, Michigan Avenue/Streeterville, Gold Coast, River North, West Loop, South Loop, etc)? Rosebud has several locations including one in the Loop itself. Gibson's is up on Rush Street around Oak. However, the problem I have is that when I go to a steakhouse, I don't usually order burgers (even though I know that some of the best burgers are at the steakhouses, and they're even very reasonably priced there).

      A really good place for burgers is Boston Blackie's, in River East, and that's a place I go when I want a burger. They also have a location in the Loop near Union Station, but I haven't been to that particular location.

      Oh and there's a discussion topic on our best burgers, with a lot of recommendations in the downtown areas, at www.chowhound.com/topics/382781

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      1. re: nsxtasy

        Well, basically if ti is within walking distance of the loop it is fine. I got no problem walking from like Macy to like Water tower distance.

      2. Hackney's is probably your best bet in the South Loop:


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        1. re: jbw

          I agree, Hackney's is much better than Blackies. Blackies tastes of frozen variety with loads of salt.

        2. The Gage (pub/restaurant at 24 South Michigan) has excellent burgers.

          1. Millers (on Wabash) Blue Cheese Bacon Burger is very good. Just had one a few nights ago.

            1. Boston Blackies has excellent burgers; never had one that tasted "frozen" (whatever that's supposed to mean). I've frequented the outlet of this restaurant that's along (adjacent to) the West side of the Chicago River at about Monroe St.

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              1. re: gomexico

                I've always had excellent burgers at the Blackie's locations I've been to, on Grand Ave (in River East) and in Lake Cook Plaza in north suburban Deerfield.

              2. My personal favorite is The Unrepentant Sinner at the Pepper Cannister.

                You may also enjoy this link. Park Grill looks good too.


                For Chicago as a whole, Kuma's Corner tends to get the nod as the best burger in town, but its up on Belmont, not near the loop.

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                1. re: wak

                  I am coming to this discussion late, but may i suggest two great burgers in downtown.
                  Palm Steakhouse makes the greatest burger I've eaten in a long time and has some nice hand cut fries. My second favorite is at Rockit Bar and Grill on Hubbard. Finally, Hop Haus on Franklin and Erie is a burger emporium--they have dozens of seriosly good burgers.

                2. I haven't been yet, but the newly opened Epic Burger (517 S. State) is drawing some attention here:


                  1. Rosebud steakhouse (near the Lasalle Theater) has a good, if pricey, burder