R.J. Grunts


LEYE's First Creation

The first Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, Grunts still exudes the funky, devil-may-care lifestyle of the 70s in its style, décor, music, and menu. Happily for all of us, the best eating of that day continues to be some of the best today.

While there's a huge menu that's as much fun to eat your way through as it is to read, many of Grunts' old American favorites spark return visits. The burgers are arguably the best in town. The salad bar boasts more than 50 ingredients daily, from sandwiches to soups to pudding. Giant malts and milkshakes are hand scooped and come in a rainbow of colors, and fresh-squeezed juices range from apple to wheatgrass. Oh! Don't forget the barbecued baby back ribs! Grunts has sold so many that, if put end to end, they would stretch all the way to someplace else and back a lot of times.



  • R.J. Grunts - Chicago, IL

    R.J. Grunts - Chicago, IL
    2056 North Lincoln Park West
    Chicago, IL

    • Phone:
      (773) 929-5363
    • Fax:
    • Hours of Operation
      M-Th 11:30am-12:00am
      Fri 11:30am-12:00am
      Sat 10:00am-12:00am
      Sun 10:00am-9:00pm

      Holiday Hours
      Christmas Eve: 11:30am – 7pm
      Christmas Day: Closed
      New Year’s Eve: 11:30am – 11pm [Triple Points]
      New Year’s Day: 10am – 12am


Events & Promotions

    Sunday, November 1st to Monday, November 30th

    November Burger of the Month

    WHERE: R.J. Grunts - Chicago, IL
    WHEN: November 2015
    CONTACT: 773-929-5363

    The Thanksgiving On A Bun Burger is back this month at RJ Grunts! Piled high with roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and mayo all on a buttery toasted ciabatta bun, this festive burger also comes with a side of gravy (for dunking, no doubt), cottage fries and pickles. The only thing that would make this burger better is pairing it with the RJ Grunts Pumpkin Milkshake, available for a limited-time only. 

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    Tuesday, December 1st to Thursday, December 31st

    December Burger of the Month

    WHERE: R.J. Grunts - Chicago, IL
    WHEN: December 1 - 31
    CONTACT: 773-929-5363

    It’s December, which means the beloved Merry Popper Burger is back! A more decadent and fiery incarnation of the beloved jalapeno bar snack, this burger is a half-pound beef patty topped with chipotle ranch, roasted red pepper slaw, jalapeno cream cheese and spicy onion strings all piled onto a pillowy sesame bun. Stop into RJ Grunts today or call 773-929-5363 to reserve your favorite table and enjoy this limited-time burger.

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    Friday, January 1st

    New Year's Day at RJ Grunts

    WHERE: R.J. Grunts - Chicago, IL
    WHEN: Friday, January 1, 2016 10:00AM – 3:00PM
    CONTACT: 773-929-5363

    Dig into a groovy New Year’s Day brunch at the original Lettuce Entertain You creation, RJ Grunts. Enjoy their famous “All-U-Can-Eat Weekend Brunch”, with items ranging from Pecan Bread Pudding French Toast and Mini Belgian Waffles to Grunts’ Thick-Cut Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, and Yogurt & Granola for just $15.95. As always, the world famous salad bar will be available (and included in the price!). Be sure to come hungry, and don’t forget to top off the meal with special $3 Bloody Marys and Mimosas. Visit rjgruntschicago.com or call 773-929-5363 to make your New Year’s Day reservations.


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In the News

  • July 29, 2015

    The Legend Of Rich Melman: Founder Of Lettuce Entertain You

    We recently sat down and spoke with Rich Melman. In case you don't know who he is, he's responsible for the creation of the Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant Group, which originally began right here in Chicago in 1971. It started with RJ Grunt's in Lincoln Park on June 10, of 1971.

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  • June 23, 2015

    Shake It Up: 9 Best Milkshakes in Chicago

    Summer is heating up in Chicago, and soon we’ll be desperate for ways to keep cool. Our advice: Keep calm and sh-sh-shake off that heavy mid-summer humidity with the best of Chicago’s creamy, cool desserts—milkshakes!

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  • April 17, 2015

    Chicago's 10 Most Iconic Burgers

    What makes a burger iconic? Whether it's an old classic or a new addition, an iconic burger must have lasting effects on eaters, other restaurants and the scope of the local burger scene at large.

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  • April 16, 2015

    Best Grilled Cheeses In Chicago

    April is National Grilled Cheese Month and, lucky for you, there’s plenty of ways to celebrate in the Windy City. That’s because restaurants the whole city over – from pubs to upscale restaurants – often have their own version of a grilled cheese sandwich.

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Open Positions

  • Cook - Line

    R.J. Grunts - Chicago, IL
    2056 North Lincoln Park West
    Chicago, IL 60614
    (773) 929-5363
    Shift: AM/PM, Full Time/Part Time

    Casual Dining