Subway: Red to North/Clybourn(312) 255-0055 burgerbarchicago.com41.910277 -87.648798 1578 N Clybourn Ave (between North Ave and Weed St) Lincoln Park, Chicago
Lunch, dinnerAverage main course: $10
Chef John McLean opened this burger joint (which briefly went by the name Urban Burger Bar) after many years at Levy Restaurants. With a background in corporate eating and a penchant for calling his eateries “concepts,” it’s fair to assume this (and Sono Wood Fired, a pizzeria he opened next door) is a prototype. Will there one day be a Burger Bar on every corner? Or at least on the handful of corners that don’t already have “urban” burger joints? Possibly. And Chicago wouldn’t necessarily be worse off if there were: The fried pickles are appropriately crunchy, and burgers—whether decadently stacked with short ribs and caramelized fennel or refreshingly made up of sushi-grade tuna—are, if not incredible, at least incredibly decent.