Best Charcuterie Boards in Chicago

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Charcuterie boards gather people together. Their wide variety of delectable meats, tasty cheese, and fun spreads provide a little something for everyone. Luckily, there’s no shortage of restaurants, delis, or specialty shops in Chicago curating their own rendition of this trending snack. For your next afternoon or night out, grab a group of friends and check out the best charcuterie boards in Chicago. 

Lardon

2200 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Lardon is a coffee shop, restaurant, and bar new to the Logan Square neighborhood. Influenced by the style of old-world butcher shops, their house-made meat and cheese boards are the centerpiece of their unique menu and atmosphere. Choose from a rotating trio of charcuterie boards to explore all that Lardon has to offer. 

Tempesta Market

1372 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

The father-son duo behind Tempesta Market bring plenty of experience to the charcuterie game. The owners of Nduja Artisans Salumeria, a specialty spicy sausage brand, Agostino and Tony Fiasche now showcase their charcuterie skills at Tempesta Market in West Town. The deli and restaurant creates in-house charcuterie boards, where you can choose from their wide-ranging meat and cheese offerings to craft the perfect board.

Beautiful Rind

2211 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

The staff at Beautiful Rind, a well-loved Logan Square restaurant, are wine and cheese experts. After you spend an afternoon trying their various cheeses, cured meats, and jellies, join a class on cheesemaking or types of blue cheese. While you’re there, find the perfect wine pairing to complement your charcuterie board. 

Big Jones

347 N Clark St., Chicago, Illinois, 60640

If you’re a fan of Southern food, Big Jones is a Chicago staple. This Andersonville-based restaurant is inspired by Southern heritage cooking with a focus on sustainably grown produce. Their charcuterie board (dubbed a boucherie board) features house meats, pickles, and homemade breads and crackers.

The Publican

837 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

This popular Fulton Market restaurant offers up a rotating selection of meats, cheeses, pickles, and mustards on their charcuterie board, so you can try something new each time you go. Their sister shop and restaurant, Publican Quality Meats, provides charcuterie boards to purchase and take home.

Chop Shop

2033 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60647

Watch live music or a comedy show while you snack on a charcuterie board at this all-in-one butcher shop, deli, restaurant, and bar. Chop Shop occupies a 100-year-old former auto body shop, lending it a fun, retro atmosphere in the heart of Wicker Park. Their butcher shop component ensures that you’ll receive the perfect mix of chef’s choice meat and cheese for your charcuterie board.

All Together Now

2119 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

This eclectic restaurant, wine shop, and cheese counter in Ukrainian Village is guaranteed to be your new place to meet up with friends after work. Their charcuterie board features three cheeses, crostini, fruit preserves, raw honey, pickles, and mustard. You can add cured meats to your board as you wish. 

Kibbitznest

2212 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, IL 60614 

Munching on a charcuterie board is the perfect accompaniment to browsing bookshelves and playing board games with friends at Kibbitznest. The homey coffee shop and bar in Lincoln Park offers a salumi and cheese board with italian meat and your choice of a brie, blue, or hard cheese. Choose from a wide selection of wine, beer, and cocktails to pair with your charcuterie board.

Featured Image Credit: Lardon

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