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Chicago loves chicken: best fried chicken, best wings and more

Where to find the best fried chicken, best Korean chicken wings and other chicken dishes in Chicago.

Illustrator: Blair Kelly
Whether it's roast chicken, fried chicken or wings, we've got you covered for your next great chicken dinner.

Chicken is often considered the most boring protein on menus, but in reality, the chicken dishes in Chicago are very, very, VERY good. Whether it's fried chicken where you'd least expect it, barbecue chicken, spicy Asian chicken wings or the perfect roast chicken, birds are often the best dishes a restaurant has to offer. So once we found out September was National Chicken Month, we decided to pull together all our favorite chicken stories in one place. It'll take you more than a month to eat through all the best chicken restaurants in Chicago, and we'll keep updating with new chicken content, so check back often to find your next great chicken dinner.

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Unexpected spots for great fried chicken
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Unexpected spots for great fried chicken

You might not expect to getfried chicken at these restaurants.

Fried chicken frenzy
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Fried chicken frenzy

When it comes to finding great fried chicken, don’t wing it. Go to one of these places.

Eight restaurants with amazing fried chicken
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Eight restaurants with amazing fried chicken

In defense of chicken
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In defense of chicken

Forget duck testicles—if you have balls, you’ll order the chicken.

Six great chicken restaurants
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Six great chicken restaurants

(Non-fried chicken, that is.)

The Publican's chicken | Recipe
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The Publican's chicken | Recipe

Marinade. Grill. Devour. It's that simple.

Chik-Fil-A comes to Chicago

Chik-Fil-A comes to Chicago

Chicken wings done three ways
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Chicken wings done three ways

What local chefs are doing with chicken wings

McDonald's Southern-style chicken sandwich: At least the price is right

McDonald's Southern-style chicken sandwich: At least the price is right

Pecking Order
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Pecking Order

Chicago’s Home of Chicken and Waffles
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Chicago’s Home of Chicken and Waffles

Dak
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Dak

Users say
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Evanston Chicken Shack
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Evanston Chicken Shack

Harold’s Chicken Shack #24
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Harold’s Chicken Shack #24

Users say
  • 4 out of 5 stars
The Lobby
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The Lobby

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Table Fifty-Two
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Table Fifty-Two

Users say
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Taste test: Popeyes Chicken Waffle Tenders

Taste test: Popeyes Chicken Waffle Tenders

How to eat chicken and waffles

How to eat chicken and waffles

Asian-chicken-wing smackdown!
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Asian-chicken-wing smackdown!

It’s old-school versus new-school.

Fried chicken dinners
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Fried chicken dinners

Six fried birds, served family-style. Are any of them better than the biscuits?

The 101st best item we ate in 2012
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The 101st best item we ate in 2012

We let our readers choose their favorite dish of the year.

Barbecue chicken
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Barbecue chicken

Julia Kramer defends barbecue's oft-forgotten stepsister: low-and-slow–smoked chicken.

Fried chicken lunch at Big Jones in Chicago
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Fried chicken lunch at Big Jones in Chicago

Introducing the best new midday meal in Chicago.

Chix I have loved
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Chix I have loved

Looking back at eight years of eating out for Time Out Chicago.

Chefs picks for Chicago's best fried chicken
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Chefs picks for Chicago's best fried chicken

Four of Chicago's top French chefs pick the city's best fried chicken.

Parson's Chicken & Fish
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Parson's Chicken & Fish

Users say
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Crisp
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Crisp

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
The Art of Chicken
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The Art of Chicken

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Jamaican Jerk Chicken
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Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Super Pollo
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Super Pollo

Bavette's
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Bavette's

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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