Wow Bao

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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.

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Locations

  • Wow Bao - 175 Jackson, Chicago, IL

    Wow Bao - 175 Jackson, Chicago, IL
    175 West Jackson Boulevard
    Chicago, IL
    60604

    • Phone:
      (312) 334-6395
    • Fax:
      157
    • Hours of Operation
      M-Fri 7:00am-5:30pm
      Closed Saturday & Sunday

  • Wow Bao - 225 North Michigan, Chicago, IL

    Wow Bao - 225 North Michigan, Chicago, IL
    Corner of Lake and Michigan
    225 North Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL
    60601

    • Phone:
      312-226-2299
    • Fax:
      178
    • Hours of Operation
      M-Fri 7:00am-6:00pm

  • Wow Bao - Lakeview

    Wow Bao - Lakeview
    2806 N Clark St
    Chicago, IL
    60657

    • Phone:
      (773) 433-5333
    • Fax:
      202
    • Hours of Operation
      Sun-Thu 11:00am-9:00pm
      Fri-Sat 11:00am-10:00pm

  • Wow Bao - State & Lake, Chicago, IL

    Wow Bao - State & Lake, Chicago, IL
    1 West Wacker Drive
    Chicago, IL
    60601

    • Phone:
      (312) 658-0305
    • Fax:
      158
    • 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 North Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL
    60610

    • Phone:
      (312) 642-5888
    • Fax:
      148
    • Hours of Operation
      M-Sat 10:00am-9:00pm
      Sun 11:00am-6:00pm

Events & Promotions

    Monday, October 17th to Friday, October 21st

    Fourth Annual Wow Bao Eating Contest with ABC-7 Chicago’s ‘Hungry Hound’ Steve Dolinsky

    WHERE: Wow Bao - Water Tower Place, Chicago, IL
    WHEN: Preliminaries: Monday, October 17 - Friday, October 21 at 6 p.m. each night; Wow Bao – 1 W. Wacker (corner of State & Lake) Championship: Saturday, October 22 at 2 p.m.; Wow Bao - Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan Ave., Level 2
    CONTACT: Sign up for participation at www.wowbao.com

    Are you ready to chow some bao? Start stretching your stomachs because the fourth annual Wow Bao Eating Contest is upon us. Last year’s winner devoured 16 Thai Curry Chicken Bao in two minutes, can you beat it? Each night at 6 p.m. beginning Monday, October 17 - Friday, October 21, ten contestants will chow as many bao as they can in two minutes during the preliminary rounds at the Wow Bao State and Lake location. The top two finishers from each night will go head-to-head (or bun to bun) in the Bao Eating Championship on Saturday, October 22at Water Tower Place, emceed by ‘Hungry Hound’ Steve Dolinsky from ABC-7 Chicago. For every bao eaten during the two-minute championship, each contestant will receive a $10 Lettuce Entertain You gift card. The Grand Prize Winner will also win a free six-pack of Wow Bao a day for a year. Don’t feel like filling your bellies with bao? Come help us create the hype at the championship and cheer on the finalists as they try to set a new record. To sign up visit  www.wowbao.com.

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    Friday, October 21st

    Pumpkin Bao

    WHERE: Wow Bao - 175 Jackson, Chicago, IL
    WHEN: Starting Friday, October 21, 2016

    Wow Bao celebrates fall's favorite flavor with our traditional Pumpkin Bao in our signature dough, filled with a rich and smooth blend of pumpkin and spices. ($1.99, $2.09 at Water Tower).

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    Friday, April 1st to Friday, September 30th

    Enjoy Patio Season at Wow Bao

    WHERE: Wow Bao - 175 Jackson, Chicago, IL
    WHEN: Patio Season
    CONTACT: 312-658-0305 / 312-334-6395

    Enjoy our patios at select Wow Bao locations including State and Lake (30-seat) and Van Buren and Financial Place (20-seat). Wow Bao offers Baosteamed buns filled with savory or sweet fillings that are known as a favorite on-the-go snack throughout China. The diverse menu also features fresh made salads, rice (or noodle) bowls topped with sweet teriyaki chicken or spicy Mongolian beef, pork belly open-faced buns, and our newest offering, Chicken & Kale Fried Rice. Signature homemade ginger ale and Thai iced coffee are also available.

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    Thursday, September 1st to Friday, September 30th

    Cucumber Mint Ginger Ale

    WHERE: Wow Bao - 175 Jackson, Chicago, IL
    WHEN: Thursday, September 1 – Friday, September 30, 2016
    CONTACT: Please contact your location of interest

    We make our own ginger ale from fresh ginger, always available in two flavors—original and pomegranate. Now enjoy a special summer treat, Cucumber Mint Ginger Ale. This refreshingly cool ginger ale is the perfect thirst quencher. ($2.69)

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    Thursday, September 1st to Friday, September 30th

    Apple Bao

    WHERE: Wow Bao - 175 Jackson, Chicago, IL
    WHEN: Thursday, September 1 – Friday, September 30, 2016
    CONTACT: Please contact your location of interest

    Autumn is here and we are re-introducing our Apple Bao—baked apples and cinnamon steamed inside our signature dough. These delicious sweet treats are only available for a limited time. ($1.99)

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Open Positions

  • Catering Sales Assistant

    Wow Bao - 225 North Michigan, Chicago, IL
    Corner of Lake and Michigan
    225 North Michigan Avenue
    Inside Main Entrance
    Chicago, IL 60601
    312-226-2299
    Shift: AM/PM, Full Time/Part Time

    Fast Casual

  • Counter Server

    Wow Bao - State & Lake, Chicago, IL
    1 West Wacker Drive
    On the Corner of State and Lake
    Chicago, IL 60601
    (312) 658-0305
    Shift: AM/PM, Full Time/Part Time

    Fast Casual