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

    Friday, October 23rd to Saturday, October 31st

    Pumpkin-Carving Contest at RJ Grunts

    WHERE: R.J. Grunts - Chicago, IL
    WHEN: October 23 – October 31, 2015
    CONTACT: 773-929-5363

    Stop in to old Chicago favorite, RJ Grunts, from October 23rd to the 31st and vote on your favorite hand-carved Halloween pumpkin. After casting your vote, your name will be entered into a drawing to win a free dinner for two! No purchase necessary and winner will be chosen at random on October 31st

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    Thursday, October 1st to Saturday, October 31st

    October Burger of the Month

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

    Lincoln Park institution, RJ Grunts, will be serving up the Autumn Harvest Burger as October’s Burger of the Month. Get this—a half-pound beef patty cooked to order, topped with shiitake mushrooms, crispy bacon, smoked Gouda cheese, arugula, cabbage-and-radish relish and dressed with a red wine sauce all on a buttery toasted bun. Our pro tip: Come hungry (and washing it down with an ice-cold brew never hurt)! 

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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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