12 Gooey and Crunchy Cheese Curds That Make Chicago Feel Like Wisconsin

The cheese curds at Queenie’s Supper Club at the United Center

These cheese curds feel like an escape to the north woods but with city-chef flair

For a cheese curd to be good, it must meet a few requirements. It needs to have a crispy exterior with a distinctive crunch; and the cheese must be gooey, but not gooey enough that it doesn’t squeak. But let’s face it, if it’s fried cheese, chances are it’s going to be eaten regardless.

Here’s a map of the best and most interestingly-prepared cheese curds in Chicago, from excellent takes on the Wisconsin classic to more innovative and different variations on the cheesy favorite, including pizza and mac and cheese that feature curds.

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