As far as I'm concerned - this is bar none, the best burger in the whole damn city. Can't think of a single complaint. The loyalist is perfect, like your cool older sister.
Another member of the holy trio -- I can't get enough Maillard Tavern. GREAT ambience, great burger, rarely a wait. They also have a decent beer selection, and are located right off the L.
What can I say about Kuma's that hasn't been said a million times before? Come for the amazing burgers--- and the countless variations-- stay for the ambience and the vibes. Also, the beer list.
I'm crazy about this place. They have the coolest vibe, an awesome menu, and a seriously killer burger (options to customize the size based on hunger). It's dark, it's sexy, and its delicious.
This is a newcomer for me! I can't get enough of these weird little burgers. This is a casual option, counter service -- no frills. But that burger (and those cheese fries) truly speak for themselves.
This might be my death row meal. If you're coming here for a stylish aesthetic and instagramability - don't bother. If you are coming to stuff yourself with an AMAZING burger and tons of fries -- I can hardly think of a better spot in Chicago.