12 Best No Corkage Fee Restaurants in Chicago



Friday November 21, 2014 Author: Natalie Categories: ,



Dining out in Chicago can easily get expensive, especially when indulging in a nice wine bottle or two. So how do you cut costs without cutting back?

The city is home to plenty of restaurants that allow you to bring your own wine (BYOW). While restaurants typically charge a corkage fee, there are some that welcome patrons to bring their own bottle free of charge. Let’s break down some of the best Chicago restaurants with no corkage fee.


2656 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

“The atmosphere is simple and straight forward. This is a fine dinning restaurant that also happens to be BYOB.” – Rich M.

Smoque BBQ

3800 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60641

“Best place for ribs and fries!! I love going to Smoque! The food is great, the atmosphere is super chill and it’s BYOB!” – Gladys M.

Inspiration Kitchens

4715 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60640 / 3504 W Lake St Chicago, IL 60624

“Reasonably priced, BYOB, friendly staff, incredible food & a great cause. I highly recommend!” – Charlotte P.

EJ Sushi

1406 W Grand Ave Chicago, IL 60642

“This place is BYOB and a great small spot west of the loop. Great service and excellent food.” – Serena M.


3344 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657

Great sushi at an affordable price! Good local place for a sushi dinner (fish is fresh & great spicy mayo). Love that I don’t need a reservation & can BYOB.” – A Google User

Caro Mio

1827 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

“Hands down, best Italian food in Chicago. It may even be the best I’ve ever had. Byob helps keep the cost down.” – Philip B.

Tango Sur

3763 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

“BYOB!!! delicious steak with chimichurri, empanadas and a great atmosphere.” – Amy Ravit Korin

Lucia’s Gourmet Italian Cuisine

1825 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

“Great place for a byob dinner– you’ll leave full with enough for lunch the next day.” – Anna K.

Coast Sushi Bar

2045 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

“It’s BYOB, which is always a plus, and the sushi is high quality and fresh.  I’ve never had a bad roll here, though my favorite is the White Dragon.” – Christopher M.

Home Bistro

3404 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657

“The place is BYOB with no corkage fee. The quality and preparation of food is great. The menu is cleverly assembled and has a good variety to please an assortment of tastes.” – Andrew W.

EL Ideas

2419 W 14th St, Chicago, IL 60608

The creativity here is astounding, plus, it’s nice to have an open view of the kitchen and interaction with the chefs. The BYOB policy makes it fun to help customize your own meal.” – Bill Jones


1865 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Irazu has authentic and delicious Caribbean food. Huge menu, very friendly staff, fun eclectic atmosphere. BYOB and no corking fee….can’t get much better than that!” – Kathryn Palczewski

To find more BYOW-friendly restaurants in Chicago that don’t charge for corkage, download the CorkageFee app for iOS here.