Famous Food

Ever since our great Aunt Bebe starting selling hamburgers and beer on her back porch during Prohibition, Hackney’s® has been making people very, very happy. Today we’re famous for our big juicy Hackneyburgers on Hackney’s Dark Rye® and our one-of-a-kind Hackney’s Original French Fried Onions®. But we serve lots of other tasty items as well, like fresh salads, homemade soups, big fat sandwiches, comfy daily specials and more. And while Prohibition may be over, our beer selling days are not. Hackney’s® has an ever-changing list of tap beers along with a full-service bar that can whip up any cocktail you can think of.

While every Hackney’s® restaurant features classics like the Famous Hackneyburger® and
Hackney’s Original French Fried Onions®, each location is free to set their menu to reflect their own unique personality.



The Famous Hackneyburger®

It’s been named “Best Burger” so many times, one magazine said they were retiring the award. The Hackneyburger® is a juicy half-pound of fresh ground beef grilled perfectly and served on home-baked Hackney’s Dark Rye® or a fresh baked bun.

Over the years we’ve created a few tasty variations like our Bleu Cheese Burger and our deliciously different Inside Out Burger with cheddar and bacon cooked right into the meat.

There are a lot of reasons we’ve managed to stay in business for seventy-six years. This burger is a big one.




Hackney’s Original French Fried Onions®

Named one of the top three onion rings in the entire USA. Funny thing is, they’re not rings at all. Made with fresh, sweet Spanish onions and breaded with Carmen’s Special Batter, they’re a gently packed loaf of crispy, curly, crunchy goodness.

There’s nothing else like them in the Chicago area. Maybe the world.


We have more good reviews than a bagel has poppy seeds, but don’t take our word for it. Take a look for yourself.

Our Reviews


Prohibition Era

Jack Hackney and his wife Bebe serve hamburgers and beer on the back porch of their house in Glenvie...
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Recently married Jim and Kitz Masterson agree to take over Hackney’s.  Sale price: $1....
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WWII soldiers from the CRC camp in Harms Woods across the street are frequent customers.  None of t...
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Using wood from crates that contained WWII fighter jet engines, the Little Playhouse is built at Hackney's.
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Jim Masterson purchases Engels Restaurant from his parents.  It becomes Hackney’s on Lake in Glenview.
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Pressed to come up with a last-minute emergency appetizer, chef Carmen Klasen created Hackney’s French Fried onions. Fifty years later we’re still thanking her.
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Hackney’s in Wheeling is built on Milwaukee Avenue where Behm’s restaurant once stood....
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Hackney’s heads north. Jim Masterson buys Poppe’s Alpine House which becomes Hackney’s in Lake...
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Hackney’s has been open for 35 years and the Cubs still haven’t won the World Series....
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The Matterhorn restaurant becomes Hackney’s in Palos Park....
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Jim Masterson passes away.  We still miss him....
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The third generation gets into the act.  Ed and Jim Hebson open Hackney’s Printers Row in Chicago...
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Kitz Masterson passes away leaving behind seven kids, 22 grandkids, 20 great-grandkids and more wond...
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Hackney’s Original french fried Onions are named one of the Top Three in the USA byRestaurant Mana...
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Hackney’s nears its 70th anniversary and the Cubs still haven’t won the World Series.  But we’re hoping.
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