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Best Burger in Loop area?

Xellosw2099 May 18, 2008 08:41 PM

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. HungryZ RE: Xellosw2099 May 18, 2008 08:45 PM

    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. nsxtasy RE: Xellosw2099 May 18, 2008 09:01 PM

      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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        Xellosw2099 RE: nsxtasy May 18, 2008 10:32 PM

        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.

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        jbw RE: Xellosw2099 May 19, 2008 11:20 AM

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


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          Bullit RE: jbw May 19, 2008 02:24 PM

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

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          gymp RE: Xellosw2099 May 19, 2008 12:56 PM

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

          1. twodales RE: Xellosw2099 May 19, 2008 04:23 PM

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

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              gomexico RE: Xellosw2099 May 20, 2008 07:35 AM

              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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                nsxtasy RE: gomexico May 20, 2008 07:59 AM

                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.

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                wak RE: Xellosw2099 May 27, 2008 05:42 AM

                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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                  jbontario RE: wak May 27, 2008 07:15 AM

                  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.

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                  jbw RE: Xellosw2099 May 27, 2008 08:27 AM

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


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                    DRN0001 RE: Xellosw2099 Jul 7, 2008 03:21 PM

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

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