Dining Chicago

Wing It at Rockit

The return of football season means the return of incessant cravings for chicken wings. The quintessential tailgate food is as inexorably linked with the early fall season as pumpkin spice lattes and cups of cider. Hence, Rockit's annual wing fest, Wing It, comes at the perfect time both at the Rockit Burger Bar and Rockit Bar & Grill. The duration of the week from September 8 through September 12, executive chef Amanda Downing cooks up a slew of unique wings, featuring a different one each day. Pretend they're Pokemon cards and catch them all!


Rockit wings
(Wing It at Rockit)    

 
Monday, September 8 - Chicken 'n' peppers wings are sort of like an Italian sub of some sort, but sticky-spicy-sweet and in handheld form. Made with a spicy balsamic glaze, the wings get a dash of sweet baby bell peppers and pepperoncini peppers.
 
Tuesday, September 9 - Now things get a little crazy with Downing's flying pig "wings." Note the quotations, because these are not actual wings, but rather crispy fried pig ears flecked with fleur de sel and smoked paprika. 
 
Wednesday, September 10 - Not all wings are made with chicken. Duck wings are equally deserving of adoration, especially considering how luscious and fatty they are compared to chicken. Downing gives her mighty duck wings the sweet & sour sauce treatment, along with a sprinkling of sesame seeds and bell peppers. 
 
Thursday, September 11 - And let's not forget about turkey. Large birds that they are, the Thursday turkey wings are quite hulking and packed with flavor. Particularly, taco-inspired al pastor flavor. Here, turkey wings (and legs!) are made with pineapple, cilantro, and pickled red onions. 
 
Friday, September 12 - Rounding out the week, Wing It finishes with a spicy kick. The kung pao wow wings feature a heady bath of kung pao sauce, scallions, and crushed peanuts. 
 
All wing specials cost $12 per plate. 


- Matt Kirouac
Neighborhoods: WrigleyvilleRiver North

A spin-off of River North's popular Rockit Bar & Grill, gourmet burgers are the name of the game at Wrigleyville's Rockit Burger Bar.

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The burgers, the beer and the beats keep the crowds coming back to this River North hot spot. A tourist and local favorite, Rockit recently underwent a renovation and thorough...

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