Chicago’s Fastest Growing, Award-Winning BBQ Concept Will Host a Five Day Pop-Up Restaurant in The Loop’s Most Iconic Building: FEB 22-26


Dakota Shultz, (312) 371-4104,
Amelia Dellos, (708) 702-0406,

February 17, 2016 (CHICAGO) -- Q-BBQ will be at Willis Tower bringing big time BBQ to a big time location. Chicago’s fastest growing award-winning barbecue restaurant will host a five day pop-up restaurant in the Loop’s most iconic building from February 22nd through the 26th.

This comes on the heels of opening Q-BBQ’s 4th store in Schererville, IN just two months ago, and just as Q gets ready to open their highly anticipated 5th store two weeks later in downtown Oak Park. But for one week only, restaurateur Michael “Papa Q” LaPidus will bring a select menu featuring regionally inspired barbeque to downtown Chicago in a pop-up concept at Willis Tower. This will be the first pop up restaurant hosted at Willis Tower.

“When we came up with this idea, we wanted a location that was big and bold just like our BBQ. So it had to be Willis Tower. This building represents the spirit of Chicago: make no small plans. That’s our motto too,” said Michael LaPidus, founder and owner of Chicago’s fastest growing fast-casual restaurant concept.

According to Skydeck Chicago General Manager Randy Stancik, “Q-BBQ is a great fit for Willis Tower and our tenants. They have high standards for culinary excellence and legendary service at all of their locations. I’d recommend coming early, often and hungry. This is going to be a special treat for our tenants.”

When: Limited-Time FIVE Days Only!
Monday February 22 - Friday February 26, 2016
10 AM - 2 PM Daily
Live Music

Where: Willis Tower
233 S Wacker Drive - Wacker Drive entrance located in the Southwest corner of the lower lobby

Who: Q-BBQ - Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand-winning restaurant and the fastest growing BBQ restaurant in the Chicagoland market

What: Pop-Up Restaurant featuring grab-n-go Q-BBQ favs:
Choice of Smoked Meats
Plates w/ two sides ($8-$11)
Sandwiches ($6.99)

  • Pulled Pork
  • Chopped Brisket
  • Pulled Chicken

Salad ($8)

  • Choice of Smoked Meats
  • South West Salad

From Scratch Sides ($1.99)

  • Creamy Slaw
  • BBQ Baked Beans
  • Mac-Q-Roni
  • Cornbread

Pre-portioned Sauces To-Go

  • N. Carolina Vinegar Sauce
  • Memphis Sweet Sauce
  • Texas Spicy

Why: Because lunch should make your mouth happy.

About Q-BBQ:
Q-BBQ is a fast-casual Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand-winning restaurant (2012, 2013) that specializes in authentic barbeque, featuring smoked Texas brisket, Carolina pulled pork, Memphis dry rub chicken wings and signature homemade sides such as Hush Puppies and MacQroni. The counter-service, fine casual restaurant has locations in downtown LaGrange, downtown Naperville,Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood, Schererville, IN an Oak Park opening in March 2016. Q-BBQ offers beer and wine, take-out, and catering, and the Lakeview location offers delivery, plus retail sales of its four signature sauces. For more information, visit,, or

What is Q? Watch Michael LaPidus "Papa Q" talk about our regional BBQ, awesome people, and what makes Q so very delicious!

About Willis Tower:
As the second tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the eighth tallest building in the world, the Willis Tower offers more than 4.5 million square feet of premier office and retail space. Located at 233 S. Wacker Drive, the skyscraper is centrally situated between the city’s financial and cultural hub of the Loop and the dynamic West Loop, home to several of Chicago’s top restaurants and shops. Standing 1,450 feet and 110 stories tall, Willis Tower has remained a fixture of the city’s skyline and apart of the fabric of Chicago’s culture for decades. Originally opened in September 1973 as the Sears Tower, it is home to more than 100 different companies, including prominent financial services firms, law firms and insurance companies. Willis Tower boasts spectacular vistas of Chicago and Lake Michigan, with views that can reach nearly 50 miles on a clear day. The Willis Tower also boasts a tremendous infrastructure system, which includes enormous telecommunications capacity and unsurpassed electrical capacity and reliability. Skydeck Chicago, the highest observation deck in the United States, on the Willis Tower’s 103rd floor attracts more than 1.6 million visitors per year. Since the opening of its newest attraction, The Ledge in 2009, millions of visitors have since experienced this first of its kind attraction. The Ledge’s 4 glass boxes extend 4.3 feet outside the Tower, 1,353 feet above Wacker Drive, with glass on the ceiling, floor and sides, offering a truly an unforgettable experience. /

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