Wow Bao


Hot Asian Steamed Buns

Steamed Bao—a favorite portable Chinese snack throughout Asia—has quickly addicted Chicagoans within striking distance of a Wow Bao, which features these meat-and-vegetable-filled “hot Asian buns.” Wow Bao’s quick-service menu also offers fresh Pad Thai salad, soups, and rice (or noodle) bowls topped with Teriyaki or Kung Pao chicken. Signature homemade ginger ale and Thai iced coffee is also available. Some locations offer potstickers and breakfast foods, and all have healthful and vegetarian options.



  • Wow Bao - 175 Jackson, Chicago, IL

    Wow Bao - 175 Jackson, Chicago, IL
    175 W. Jackson Blvd.
    Chicago, IL

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    • Hours of Operation
      M-Fri 7:00am-5:30pm
      Closed Saturday & Sunday

  • Wow Bao - 225 N. Michigan, Chicago, IL

    Wow Bao - 225 N. Michigan, Chicago, IL
    Corner of Lake and Michigan
    225 N. Michigan Ave.
    Chicago, IL

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    • Hours of Operation
      Mon-Fri 7:00am-6:00pm

  • Wow Bao - State & Lake, Chicago, IL

    Wow Bao - State & Lake, Chicago, IL
    1 W. Wacker Drive
    Chicago, IL

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    • Hours of Operation
      M-Fri 8:00am-9:00pm
      Sat 11:00am-9:00pm
      Sun 12:00pm-6:00pm

  • Wow Bao - Water Tower Place, Chicago, IL

    Wow Bao - Water Tower Place, Chicago, IL
    Water Tower Place
    835 N. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL

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    • Hours of Operation
      M-Sat 10:00am-9:00pm
      Sun 11:00am-6:00pm

Events & Promotions

    Saturday, August 23rd

    Second Annual Wow Bao Eating Contest

    WHERE: Wow Bao - State & Lake, Chicago, IL
    WHEN: Preliminaries: August 18-22, 2014 at 6PM each night; Championship: August 23, 2014

    It's baaaack! Get ready to chow some bao at the second annual Wow Bao eating contest!
    Semi-Final rounds will be held nightly at Wow Bao State & Lake beginning Monday August 18, concluding Friday August 22. At 6PM each night 10 contestants will eat as many bao as they can chow in two minutes. The top two finishers will be invited to compete in the BAO Eating Championship to be held Saturday August 23 at Water Tower Place. Each Semi Final first place winner will win a Wow Bao lunch for 20 people. Second place qualifiers will win a Wow Bao lunch for 10.  Every contestant will receive a $2 Wow Bao mobile credit for every bao they chow within the two minute competition.    
    Picture it, you eating bao while the crowd goes wild at the championship!
    For every bao eaten during this two minute Championship, each contestant will receive a $10 Lettuce Entertain You gift card. The Grand Prize Winner will ALSO win Free Wow Bao for a year! Last year's champion ate 12 bao in two minutes, we'd love to see you beat it!
    Want to get in on the bao eating action? Well start stretching your stomachs everyone, because sign up begins Friday, July 25 on

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    Friday, September 12th to Sunday, September 14th

    Wow Bao at Riot Festival


    Humboldt Park: Riot Festival

    WHEN: Friday, September 12 - Sunday, September 14

    It's festival season in Chicago and we want to encourage you to take a break from rocking out at Riot Festival and give your taste buds a treat! The Wow Bao booth will be around all weekend long serving up your favorite hot asian buns. Festival goers can taste bao including edamame, beef, BBQ pork and chicken teriyaki bao, two for $6 as well as four Chicken Potstickers for $6. To learn more about Riot Fest, please click here

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    Friday, August 1st to Sunday, August 3rd

    Wow Bao at Lollapalooza


    Grant Park: Lollapalooza

    WHEN: Friday, August 1- Sunday, August 3

    All of that dancing at Lollapalooza is going to make you hungry. The Wow Bao booth will be at Lolla all weekend long dishing out hot asian buns and chicken potstickers for $6 to all the hungry festival goers. To learn more about Lollapalooza, please click here

    Check out Wow Bao at other Summer Festivals:Sept 13-15 – Riot Fest

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    Wow Bao - State & Lake, Chicago, IL
    1 W. Wacker Drive
    On the Corner of State and Lake
    Chicago, IL 60601
    Shift: AM/PM, Full Time

    Fast Casual