Where to Get Amazing Mac & Cheese in ChicagoAudrey Snyderon July 6, 2020 at 8:53 pm

Table of Contents

Though a hot dish might not hold quite the same appeal in July that it does in January, it’s almost never too hot for comfort food like mac and cheese. While it takes a multitude of different forms (orecchiette instead of macaroni, gourmet mushroom add-ons, coveted bacon, etc.), mac and cheese can always feed the world-weary soul like few other dishes can. If you’re ready to experience your favorite childhood dish in all of its permutations — the classic and the less classic — check out some of these places for incredible mac and cheese right here in Chicago.

Best Pizza Places in Chicago
Photo Credit: Uno Instagram

View the Best Pizza Restaurants in Chicago, Ranked

Need even more cheese to please? View our list of the top 50 pizza restaurants in the city.


View the Best Pizza Places in Chicago

mac and cheese chicago
Photo Credit: Chicago q Facebook Page

Chicago q

1160 N Dearborn St, Chicago IL 60610


Served among other barbecue and comfort food dishes, Lou Lou’s Mac ’N Cheese is listed on the q menu as one of head chef Art Smith’s favorites. In addition to its essential cheesiness, this take on the traditional treat also includes panko bread crumbs and — believe it or not — fried alligator.

mac and cheese chicago
Photo Credit: GT Facebook Page

GT Fish & Oyster

531 N Wells St, Chicago IL 60654


Filled with lobster, peas, and brioche, GT’s mac and cheese fits right into a menu full of great seafood. After all— what’s a fish place without a good lobster mac?

mac and cheese chicago
Photo Credit: Kuma’s Corner Facebook Page

Kuma’s Corner

Multiple Locations


On top of a house cheese blend already sprinkled with breadcrumbs and scallions, those dining at Kuma’s Corner can add two more toppings from a long list of options, including andouille, caramelized onion, roasted red pepper, and many more.

mac and cheese chicago
Photo Credit: Uncommon Ground Facebook Page

Uncommon Ground

1401 W Devon Ave, Chicago IL 60660 | 3800 N Clark St, Chicago IL 60613


At both locations, you’ll find a tasty mac and cheese flavored with smoked gouda, cheddar, and a sprinkling of “crispy herb potato crumble,” which keeps the original dish vegetarian but adds a little crunchy texture. If you’re feeling like something a bit more hearty, there are both meat and vegetable add-ons from which you can choose.

mac and cheese chicago
Photo Credit: Public House Facebook Page

Public House

400 N State St, Chicago IL 60654


The Multiple Choice Mac n’ Cheese may be the hardest quiz you’ll ever take — at least at first glance. When it comes to choosing between adding on burnt end brisket, roasted jalapeño, or truffle, it seems like you have an impossible decision to make, until you see at the very bottom of the list that there’s a pricing option for all of the toppings combined.

mac and cheese chicago
Photo Credit: Maple and Ash Facebook Page

Maple & Ash

8 W Maple St, Chicago IL 60610


The Mac & Cheese here isn’t an overwhelming combination of different flavors, but its ingredients are delicious and typical of the beloved comfort food: gruyere, brown butter panko, and black pepper.mac and cheese chicago

Honey Butter Fried Chicken

3361 N Elston Ave, Chicago IL 60618

The Pimento Mac ’N Cheese fits in well with the Southern barbecue feel of Honey Butter’s menu (which features fried chicken sandwiches, corn muffins, and slaw), while simultaneously tipping its hat to its Midwestern locale with the addition of Wisconsin cheddar to its ingredients.

Photo Credit: Cheesie’s Facebook Page

Cheesie’s Pub & Grub

Multiple Locations

Though Cheesie’s may be reserved, to some, for late-night, post-bar snacking, you cannot talk about mac and cheese in Chicago and not mention The Mac: two slices of Texas toast which hold between them a blissful combination of American cheese, cheddar cheese, and homemade macaroni and cheese.

At UrbanMatter, U Matter. And we think this matters.

Tell us what you think matters in your neighborhood and what we should write about next in the comments below!

Featured Image Credit: Maple and Ash Facebook Page

Read More

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *