by Chris Harton of Chili Fest Chicago

With Chili Fest Chicago on the horizon, the city is about to chow down on all different types of the delicious, filling dish. Here are seven amazing spots to get chili in the city via Chicago’s chili experts—so grab a hearty bowl and dig in.

1. Kuma’s Too

2900 W Belmont Ave

These guys are a reigning champion of Chili Fest, and looking to defend their title this year. While they’re more known for their burgers, they also have awesome chili. Their motto? Support your community, eat beef, bang your head. Dig it.

2. Municipal

216 W Ohio Street

This spot hosts the Chili Fest, so you can imagine they’ve got some pretty good stuff themselves. The venue also combines chili with another fall favorite, football, and is a great place to watch games on Sundays.   

3. Corcorans

1615 N Wells Street

This one’s a favorite place for so many in the old town neighborhood, as they have a smoked brisket chili that is just amazing. (Good news: they’ll be at Chili Fest Chicago this year!)

4. Lindy’s Chili

3685 S. Archer Avenue (original) and various locations

Lindy’s. ‘Nuff said. South Side. A photo posted by Sean M. Baker (@takakaw) on

They’ve been serving chili in Chicago since 1901, so you know it’s good. Gertie’s Ice Cream in the shop provides an excellent dessert for after your chili as well.

5. Capt’n Nemo’s

38 Green Bay Road and various locations
Established in 1971 in Chicago’s Rogers Park, the restaurant was recently featured on “Chicago’s Best” for its gluten-free turkey chili made from scratch.

6. Reggie’s

2105 S State Street

Their homemade chili features a grilled Reggie’s sausage link inside of it. They were a big hit at Chili Fest last year, and definitely worth venturing out to try yourself.

7. Chicago Diner

3411 N Halsted Street and 2333 N Milwaukee Ave

Screen Shot 2016-10-11 at 2.00.54 PMChicago Diner

For all of our vegetarian friends out there, this place has been a meat-free establishment since 1983. And this chili doesn’t need it—it’s got a base of quinoa with jalapeño corn fritters, which packs lots of flavor.

Try out some of Chicago’s best chilis and decide for yourself at Chili Fest Chicago in October. See you there!


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