You’ll never be bored at Big Kids, a ‘90s-inspired shop with sandwiches that incorporate everything from a secret spice mix and potato chips to fried Spam—basically, the stuff of any stoner’s munchies-fueled dreams. The signature Original Shiddy Burger began as a weekly special before the demand couldn't be ignored. It stars a smash patty, which has been mixed with shredded cheese so the edges caramelize when cooked, shredded lettuce, American cheese and a Big Mac-esque secret sauce. And you can now get it every day at Time Out Market Chicago.
Chicago has a reputation for pizzas of all styles and hot dogs, but locals know the city excels at burgers as well. Nearly every restaurant and bar has one on its menu these days, from no-frills stands to neighborhood taverns. You can order your burger with thin and smashed or big and beefy patties plus a variety of indulgent toppings like caramelized onions, thick-cut bacon and giardiniera. The list features several of the more popular spots in town, such as Au Cheval and the Loyalist, alongside some under-the-radar gems. And you don’t have to spend too much either, as the options are wholly affordable—Redhot Ranch’s double cheeseburger is less than $7. So prepare to get messy in the most satisfying way by checking out our guide to the best burgers in Chicago.
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