Lillie’s Q

It’s all about the Q. Of all the food trends happening in Chicago right now, I must say, it’s all about the Q.

BBQ. Slow smoked meats. Dry rubs. Sauce. Pedigreed chef. Goodness.


Lillie’s Q took over in the former Aberdeen space on North Avenue, and ever since they opened, the place has been hoppin’. They join a slew of new BBQ restaurants opening up all over the city, but these guys are stocked and loaded with award-winning, grandma Lillie’s secret recipes. Grandma Lillie obviously had a trick or two up her sleeve.



The meats were phenomenal. Juicy, tender. The ribs just fell off the bone. I hate to say it (or do I?), but these ribs were better than anything I’ve had in Texas. Do not leave this place without ordering ribs.

It’s also about the sauce, though. Five very special sauces are on offer, including an “ivory” variety that is peppery, slightly vinegary, and of course, creamy. The Carolina is the most traditional BBQ sauce – sweet, tangy, and the perfect consistency to slather over meat. Carolina Gold is similar to the original Carolina but with a mustard after-taste. The last two – Smoky and Hot Smoky – were my favorites. They taste like the names suggest, smoky, a little spicy, and all around good.


Lillie’s also has a unique atmosphere that stands out from other BBQ joints. With a slogan like “Urban Barbecue”, you can expect something more industrial, more hip.


Lillie’s Q

1856 W North Ave
Chicago, IL


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