The 10 Best Wings in Illinois!

When the craving for wings hits, not just any restaurant will do. A plethora of restaurants in Illinois know how to make their wings the right way—crispy and full of flavor. These joints vary in wing sauce selections and cooking styles, but each is worth checking out if you’re a wing fan. Put on your wing bib and prepare to get messy at these 10 great wing spots in the state. 

1. Franks for the Memories, Mundelein, IL

For some of the best buffalo wings in the state, look no further than Franks for the Memories. Their authentic-style buffalo wings are available in traditional flavors like barbecue and garlic or get them really spicy with the suicide sauce. With over three decades of serving up buffalo wings, Franks has it down.

2. Dak, Chicago, IL

Satisfy your Korean fried chicken craving at Dak. This small joint features giant chicken wings drenched in mouthwatering flavors like spicy pepper sauce or Dak sauce (a favorite here). Their chicken wings are crisp on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. You can’t go wrong with Dak. 

3. Crisp, Chicago, IL

Crisp is another favorite Korean fried chicken joint in Chicago. It’s a rival of Dak, they both serve the best Korean fried wings in the city. The wings are also huge and packed full of flavor. You can make a meal off just the five-piece wings. The only downside of Crisp is their small seating area. 

4. Gators Wing Shack Grill & Pizzeria, Palatine, IL

This fun bar serves award-winning wings and maybe even the best hot wings in the state. Their wings come in a variety of flavors like honey mustard, teriyaki, lemon pepper, and garlic. They also serve fried and boneless wings that are seriously delicious. 

5. Crosstown Pub & Grill Naperville, Naperville, IL

If you’re picky about your poultry, look no further than Crosstown Pub and Grill. Their wings are made from free range chicken without any antibiotics or hormones. Order your wings naked, grilled, breaded or a combination and choose from dozens of sauces and rubs. 

6. Bird’s Nest, Chicago, IL

This friendly neighborhood bar doesn’t serve the typical bar grub. The wings at the Bird’s Nest were voted the best in Chicago by the Chicago Tribune. Most of their food is homemade and you can even catch live music in the rear lounge. 

7. Estrella Negra, Chicago, IL

Wings at a Mexican restaurant? The wings at Estrella Negra put many sports bar wings to shame. Served crispy with goat cheese, these wings are served by friendly staff in a welcoming environment. While you’re here, don’t forget to try the spicy salsa, mango salsa enchiladas, chorizos, and empanadas. 

8. Geo's Wings & More, Belleville, IL

Geo’s Wings offers a huge selection of wing flavors including peanut butter and jelly, which locals like. The atmosphere is nothing special, but the owners are friendly and the beer is cold. It’s a great joint for satisfying your wing craving. 

9. Wings, Etc., Crystal Lake, IL

Known for their award-winning jumbo wings, this sports-themed pub offers 10 signature wing sauces ranging from mild to extremely hot flavors. Their service is friendly and attentive, making for a pleasant family dining experience. They also serve fresh burgers, wraps, sandwiches, salads, and other delicious sides. 

10. Slim Chickens, East Peoria, IL

Get your fix of southern hospitality at Slim Chickens. Their wings are served with a large variety of dipping sauces like cayenne ranch, mango habanero, and sweet red chili. Don’t forget to order a southern-style side like fried okra or coleslaw. 

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