- Our Story
Famous Dave’s Chicago started with a passion for excellence and a deep love of barbeque. Elliott Baum, owner of Windy City Restaurants, a franchisee of Famous Dave’s, has had a passion for barbeque for decades. In 2003, he opened his first Famous Dave’s in Westland, MI. Elliott brought that passion to Illinois and today, he owns and operates five restaurants in Addison, Bolingbrook, North Riverside, Orland Park and Oswego. Our pitmasters arrive early every day to prepare our scratch-made sides and homemade desserts. Our smokers never sleep, and you can smell that real hickory wood smoked meat from blocks away.
Ten Restaurant of the Year and three Franchisee of the Year awards later, Windy City Restaurants is one of the most awarded franchisees in Famous Dave’s history. But even more beloved than our company awards are the awards we win within our communities. These come from the heart and soul of our Famous Fans. Without them, we wouldn’t be Chicagoland’s Best BBQ! The love of our surrounding communities has allowed our flame to endure for more than 14 years. Today, Blue Ribbon Restaurants owns and operates ten Famous Dave’s throughout Michigan, Ohio and Illinois. Our mission: Be Famous. Be Real. Kick Butt. Have Fun.
You’re never too far from Chicagoland’s best barbecue! Famous Dave’s in Chicago has five great locations to satisfy your biggest BBQ cravings. Our local barbecue restaurants feature craft beers, award-winning barbecue and an amazing dining experience in a fun and kid-friendly atmosphere.
In a hurry? No problem! Famous Dave’s offers curbside service at all of our Chicago locations. It's so easy to bring our homemade sides, desserts, and slow-smoked and grilled meats to a party, a picnic, a sporting event or just a relaxing night in.
Treat your guests to something fun and unique! Famous Dave’s caters events of all sizes and types. From outdoor weddings, graduations and birthdays to corporate events, luncheons and celebrations. We provide exceptional food, attention to detail and top-notch service for you and your guests.