Let dad sink his teeth into County’s fall-off-the-bone ribs.
DMK’s University Village barbecue concept has everything dad could ever ask for and more: hunting-lodge-meets-Americana décor, smoked meats smothered in house-made sauces, a bacon parfait, over 50 varieties of bourbon, and spoons of edible cookie dough for dessert. Take advantage of their new patio space if the weather is nice and let the messy meat mastication begin. 1352 W. Taylor St., 312-929-2528
Few things are more primal than devouring a plate of The Purple Pig’s herbaceous roasted bone marrow.
Thanks to a collaborative effort of some of the restaurant industry’s biggest powerhouses, The Purple Pig has become one of Michigan Avenue’s premier destinations for carnivorous gourmands. To start, order pork-fried almonds with rosemary and garlic and chorizo-stuffed olives, then sink your teeth into braised pig’s tail, pork jowl “JLTs,” roasted bone marrow, and cured meats galore. Assuming Dad saved room for dessert, ordering the marsala and citrus bread pudding is a no-brainer. 500 N. Michigan Ave., 312-464-1744
Get in on the action with ZED’s tableside meat service.
Give dad an unforgettable dining experience—complete with all-you-can-eat skewered meats served tableside and buffet-style harvest tables brimming over with a bountiful selection of charcuterie, cheeses, and salads—at this swanky spot on Clark Street. Head to the rooftop bar after the meal for fresh air, skyline views, and craft cocktails available by both the glass and the pitcher. 739 N. Clark St., 312-266-6691
Spoil dad with cold beer, fresh oysters, and a plethora of pork at this beer-hall-meets-farmhouse-fare stop. The space sports massive pig paintings and a 100-seat walnut communal table made for striking up conversations with friends and strangers alike. The Publican also offers some of the best spicy pork rinds and boudin blanc in the city. 837 W. Fulton Market, 312-733-9555
Go big or go home with Chicago Cut’s monstrous steaks.
Quality steakhouses are a dime a dozen in downtown Chicago, but with its unparalleled wine list, riverside setting, and prime selection of meats and fish, Chicago Cut is truly a cut above the rest of its steak-slinging counterparts. From modern dishes like lobsterscargot and triple-cut Nueske bacon to classics like Dover sole and colossal double-cut bone-in ribeye, we guarantee dad will find something to cure his ravenous appetite for both surf and turf. 300 N. LaSalle St., 312-329-1800