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.



Events & Promotions

    Monday, May 30th

    Memorial Day at RJ Grunts

    WHERE: R.J. Grunts - Chicago, IL
    WHEN: Monday, May 30, 2016, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    CONTACT: 773-929-5363

    Lincoln Park institution, R.J. Grunts, will be serving up brunch this Memorial Day from 11:00AM until 2:00PM. 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 $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 $5 Bloody Marys and Mimosas. Visit rjgruntschicago.com or call 773-929-5363 to make your reservations today.

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    Wednesday, June 1st to Thursday, June 30th

    Burger of the Month...and a 45th Anniversary!

    WHERE: R.J. Grunts - Chicago, IL
    WHEN: All of June, 2016
    CONTACT: 773-929-5363

    June’s Burger of the Month, the Gruntburger, is a very special one as it marks the 45th anniversary of the very first Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, R.J. Grunts! There is no better burger in Chicago than this behemoth of a beef patty which comes loaded with fried onions and blue cheese dressing piled high on a pillowy bun and served with homemade cottage fries and a classic dill pickle (and for just $11.95)! 

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In the News

  • May 2, 2016

    25 drink, taco and dinner specials for Cinco de Mayo

    With Cinco de Mayo just days away, dozens of restaurants and bars in Chicago and suburbs are readying drink and food specials to mark the Mexican army's victory over France during the Battle of Puebla in 1862 -- or did you forget that part?

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  • 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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