Best burgers in Chicago

Your guide to Chicago’s best hamburgers and fries



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Acadia burger at Acadia

Acadia burger at Acadia Photograph: Martha Williams

Chicago is in the midst of a full-on burger craze. Between cheffy burgers that incorporate high-end ingredients and lauded burger chains moving into Chicago, it's never been easier to find a great burger. Here's everything you need to find the best burgers (and fries) Chicago has to offer.

18 best new burgers

From thin griddled patties to cheesy Juicy Lucys, here are our 18 new favorites

10 burgers your kids will love

Burgers are up there with mac and cheese and hot dogs as most kids' favorite meals. But which Chicago burgers are the best?

18 great burgers

The best burgers at non-burger restaurants.

We're getting an Umami Burger!

The California burger chain is opening a Wicker Park outpost later this year

The best sandwiches and burgers of 2013

The DryHop burger is a new institution

Best diners

When you want late-night breakfast, giant milkshakes, greasy burgers and other no-frills fare, here are our favorite diners

French fries

From duck fat to buffalo, our five favorite fries.

Old-school/new-school burger hybrids

These spots team classic smashed patties with punched-up ingredients.

The crazy burger craze

A burger between two grilled cheeses is just the beginning.

Chefs give burgers a new spin

None of these celebrated chefs is too proud to give the people what they want: a burger

Are these sandwiches burgers?

We make the call on patty melts, veggie burgers and loose-meat sandwiches

Six spots for fantastic fries

Sometimes, you just want the fries

New-school versus old-school burgers

Two burger lovers debate thin and griddled versus big, fat and cooked-to-order

How to navigate a DIY burger joint

Traditionalist Eddie Lakin of Edzo’s Burger Shop walks us through building your own burger

Four spots for a grass-fed burger

When it comes to commodity beef, these spots just say no

What's the Big Baby?

The South Side gave birth to the Big Baby cheeseburger, but who's the burgerdaddy?

Best veggie burgers

Veggie burgers get some love at these spots

High on grass-fed

Daniel Rosenthal is trying to make every burger in Chicago a sustainable burger

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