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Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese
Honey Butter Fried Chicken is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

1. Honey Butter Fried Chicken

8.4
3361 N Elston Ave (at W Roscoe St), Chicago, IL
Fried Chicken Joint · Northwest Side · 145 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Chefs take bite-size pieces of juicy fried chicken and heap it on top of their regular mac with a spicy buffalo sauce added to the mix. Read more.

Ms. Lee's Good Food is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

2. Ms. Lee's Good Food

7.6
203 E. 55th (At Indiana), Chicago, IL
Fast Food Restaurant · Washington Park · 4 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Miss Lee makes her home-style mac and cheese with classic, cloudlike macaroni, plus three cheeses (mozzarella with mild and sharp cheddars), then bakes it so bits brown gently here and there. Read more.

The Southern is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

3. The Southern

1840 W North Ave (btwn Wolcott Ave. & Honore St.), Chicago, IL
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · Bucktown · 109 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Forget breadcrumbs. This mac and cheese is topped with brown butter solids — basically, melted butter that has crisped into toasty, nutty flecks. Read more.

MAD Social is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

4. MAD Social

7.7
1140 W Madison St, Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · Near West Side · 19 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Chef Mariela Bolanos has created one of the most interesting versions of mac and cheese in Chicago. Tiny pieces of crisped-up Brussels sprouts and sweet corn deliver flavor and texture in every bite. Read more.

Smoque BBQ is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

5. Smoque BBQ

9.1
3800 N Pulaski Rd (at Grace St), Chicago, IL
BBQ Joint · Old Irving Park · 233 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: The mac and cheese at Smoque gets back to basics with simple elbow macaroni and plenty of cheddar, baked in a deep foil tin to keep the noodles hot until the last bite. Read more.

Uncommon Ground is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

6. Uncommon Ground

7.8
3800 N Clark St, Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · Lakeview · 130 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Made with butterkase, cheddar and Swiss, the mac and cheese at Uncommon Ground is so creamy it's spoonable. A garnish of crumbled potato chips delivers crunch and a subtle spud flavor. Read more.

Maple & Ash is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

7. Maple & Ash

9.0
8 W Maple St (at State St), Chicago, IL
Steakhouse · Near North Side · 53 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: This steakhouse’s mac and cheese is a thing of beauty. The pasta is bathed in a blend of Gruyere, comte, mascarpone and raclette cheeses, with a little bechamel sauce for good measure. Read more.

Harvest Room is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

8. Harvest Room

8.4
7164 W 127th St, Palos Heights, IL
New American Restaurant · 38 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Consider how Chef Jonathon Harootunian's entree-size mac and cheese is constructed: Grass-fed brisket, smoked for 14 hours; a boatload of cavatappi noodles and plenty of mornay cream. Read more.

Bub City is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

9. Bub City

7.3
435 N Clark St (btwn Illinois & Hubbard St), Chicago, IL
BBQ Joint · Near North Side · 138 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Bub City gives beef its much-deserved time in the spotlight with its zesty chipotle-brisket mac and cheese. Rich, creamy sauce is blended with a chipotle puree to give this mac an extra kick. Read more.

AMK Kitchen Bar is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

10. AMK Kitchen Bar

1954 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL
Gastropub · Bucktown · 8 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: This mac and cheese won Chicago's Mac & Cheese Fest for a reason: It is out-of-this-world good. Read more.

Frontier is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

11. Frontier

7.9
1072 N Milwaukee Ave (at W. Thomas St.), Chicago, IL
Bar · Noble Square · 81 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: The five-cheese mac at Frontier arrives in a scorching-hot cast-iron casserole pan plopped on a weathered wood cutting board, the browned crust bubbled up over the sides of the dish. Read more.

RPM Steak is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

12. RPM Steak

8.7
66 W Kinzie St (at N Dearborn St), Chicago, IL
Steakhouse · Near North Side · 75 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Truffle, slab bacon and a creamy cheddar-fontina sauce could be overkill elsewhere, but RPM Steak manages to make a decadent mac and cheese delicate at the same time. Read more.

Kuma's Corner is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

13. Kuma's Corner

8.8
2900 W Belmont Ave (at Francisco Ave), Chicago, IL
Burger Joint · Northwest Side · 415 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Kuma's Corner bills its build-your-own mac and cheese as an appetizer, but it's big enough to feed you and a few of your headbanger friends.  Read more.

Bar Pastoral is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

14. Bar Pastoral

2947 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL
Wine Bar · Lake View East · 30 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: At Bar Pastoral, the daily-changing, dinner-only mac and cheese usually uses the taleggio-like washed-rind Paesanella and the Parmesan-esque Podda. Read more.

Lady Gregory's is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

15. Lady Gregory's

8.5
5254 N Clark St (at W Berwyn Ave), Chicago, IL
Irish Pub · Andersonville · 151 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: The regular mac boasts Irish cheddar and bacon. But I liked the lobster better, for its generous, plump pieces of the crustacean along with juicy thick mushrooms and plentiful creamy sauce. Read more.

DMK Burger Bar is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

16. DMK Burger Bar

8.8
2954 N Sheffield Ave (at W Wellington Ave), Chicago, IL
Burger Joint · Lakeview · 261 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: For a boost of flavor, each bite of mac and cheese was laced with the unmistakable, but never overpowering, funk of truffle oil. Read more.

Valois is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

17. Valois

8.2
1518 E 53rd St (at S Lake Park Ave), Chicago, IL
Breakfast Spot · Hyde Park · 74 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: You might not recognize the neighborhood or regulars at Valois anymore, but the Hyde Park institution's mac and cheese remains the same, as does its price: $5 for a hearty, creamy, smooth classic. Read more.

Burger Bar is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

18. Burger Bar

1578 N Clybourn Ave (btwn Dayton St & Weed St), Chicago, IL
Burger Joint · 152 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: The order here is the chorizo chili mac and cheese, which is a steal. The molten cheese sauce coats each corkscrew noodle perfectly, with grape-sized hunks of chorizo lodged in every bite. Read more.

Bob's El Stop is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

19. Bob's El Stop

947 W Wellington Ave, Chicago, IL
Sandwich Place · Lakeview · 1 tip

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: The bowl of creamy, perfect-texture cavatappi is the kind of no-frills goodness we appreciate, but the chardog makes it. Cut up into chunks as mom used to do, it adds sweet, meaty, smoky contrast. Read more.

Lockdown Bar & Grill is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

20. Lockdown Bar & Grill

1024 N Western Ave (at W Cortez St), Chicago, IL
Bar · Humboldt Park · 118 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: The mac comes with two add-ins, which you choose from an ascending list grouped by price. I loved the jalapeno-heavy housemade giardiniera, but the real must-have: carnitas. Read more.

Little Bad Wolf is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

21. Little Bad Wolf

9.0
1541 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL
Restaurant · Edgewater · 54 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Made with a jumble of corkscrew noodles tossed in a creamy sauce, the mac and cheese is punctuated with crunchy bites of honey-cured bacon and finished with a shower of toasted breadcrumbs. Read more.

GT Fish and Oyster is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

22. GT Fish and Oyster

8.9
531 N Wells St (at Grand Ave), Chicago, IL
Seafood Restaurant · River North · 195 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: When is a side dish not a side dish? When it’s the GT mac and cheese, listed among the hot dishes at this River North seafood specialist. Read more.

One North Kitchen & Bar is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

23. One North Kitchen & Bar

6.5
1 N Wacker Dr (at W Madison St), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · The Loop · 20 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: One North Kitchen in the Loop breaks the mold with its buffalo chicken mac and cheese. Spicy and acidic, with shreds of tender chicken mixed in, this is almost like a dip with pasta thrown in. Read more.

Pearls is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

24. Pearls

8.2
5352 N Broadway St (at W Balmoral Ave), Chicago, IL
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · Edgewater · 16 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: The breadcrumbs strewn atop the homey four-cheese mac at Pearl’s Southern Comfort in Edgewater underscore how important even the tiniest garnish can be. Read more.

Mindy's Hot Chocolate is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

25. Mindy's Hot Chocolate

8.3
1747 N Damen Ave (at W Willow St), Chicago, IL
Dessert Shop · Bucktown · 200 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Indulgent doesn't begin to describe the otherworldly cheesiness of the mac and cheese. The kitchen melts American, cheddar and Gruyere down to a potent and molten liquid that dominates each bite. Read more.

Howells & Hood is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

26. Howells & Hood

435 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
American Restaurant · Streeterville · 132 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Howells & Hood makes a statement with a baked dish built from penne, Carr Valley cheddar cheese sauce, spiced chunks of housemade andouille sausage and pork belly, all topped with a parslied gratin. Read more.

Floriole Cafe & Bakery is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

27. Floriole Cafe & Bakery

8.5
1220 W Webster Ave (btwn Magnolia & Racine), Chicago, IL
Café · North Side · 91 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Lincoln Park bakery Floriole is best known for its French desserts, but a surprisingly spicy mac and cheese, served for lunch only (starting at 11 a.m.), is a sleeper hit on the menu. Read more.

Belly Up Smokehouse & Saloon is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

28. Belly Up Smokehouse & Saloon

1132 S Wabash Ave (Roosevelt Street), Chicago, IL
BBQ Joint · South Loop · 8 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Served in a searing-hot cast-iron skillet, the breadcrumb-speckled penne mac and cheese looks ordinary, but it’s anything but. Read more.

3 Greens Market is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

29. 3 Greens Market

354 W Hubbard St (Orleans), Chicago, IL
Café · River North · 26 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Eat your “edible feelings,” the name restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff has given to the mac and cheese at his new River North market. Read more.

Bar Siena is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

30. Bar Siena

8.6
832 West Randolph Street (Green), Chicago, IL
Italian Restaurant · Fulton Market · 46 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Housemade pastas are a strength at this bar and restaurant, including a duck mac and cheese that smothers orrecchiette with duck confit, foie gras cream, lots of cheese and a dash of cherry juice. Read more.

The Boiler Room is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

31. The Boiler Room

8.7
2210 N California Ave (btwn Lyndale St & Palmer St), Chicago, IL
Pizza Place · Logan Square · 155 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Boiler Room's mac and cheese pizza sounds like a starchy mess, but the Logan Square joint shows real care with the cheesy beast. Read more.

Chicago Diner is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

32. Chicago Diner

8.7
2333 N Milwaukee Ave (at W Fullerton Ave), Chicago, IL
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant · Logan Square · 86 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: The Mac and Teese is a dairy-free side dish that looks startlingly like the real thing. To my surprise, it also mimics the ultra creamy consistency and salty, tangy taste of boxed mac and cheese. Read more.

MacArthur's Restaurant is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

33. MacArthur's Restaurant

7.5
5412 W Madison St (btwn N Lotus Ave & N Long Ave), Chicago, IL
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · Austin · 35 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Like most everything else at MacArthur’s Restaurant, the macaroni and cheese comes cafeteria-style and looks deliciously larger-than-life. Read more.

Rockit Bar and Grill is one of Where to Find Chicago's Best Mac and Cheese.

34. Rockit Bar and Grill

7.2
22 W Hubbard St (btwn N Dearborn St & N State St), Chicago, IL
Bar · Near North Side · 212 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: It's Halloween, and Buffalo wings decided to dress up as mac and cheese. That's the best way to describe this spicy, creamy, blue cheese-y pasta at Rockit. Read more.