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Best burgers in Chicago

Looking for Chicago’s best burgers? Try these diners, burger joints and other spots for cheeseburgers, fries and more

Photograph: Martha Williams
Acadia serves one of the best burgers in Chicago.

Some may say this is a Chicago hot dog town, or that we love deep dish pizza more than anything else, but when it comes down to it, we think Chicago is a burger city. 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 restaurants have to offer.

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