Oh, the Shamrock Shake. Invented right here in the 1970s, and symbolically dumped into the Chicago River for the past few years, the Shamrock Shake and Chicago have a long history together. But relationships change. Luckily, you don't have to go this whole week without trying one from McDonald's. Here are a few restaurants that are make their own versions.
'DMK Burger Bar' on Serious Eats
These onion strings are a master course on how all restaurants should be doing them. Restraint in the amount of batter used and their short fry time means that the crunchy, salty onions are the star of the show.
Over the Fourth of July weekend, three friends and I devoted a day to exploring six burger emporiums around Chicago. It was the third time we've embarked on such a journey, and thanks to some better planning and the injection of good old-fashioned patriotism, it was the best one yet.
Looking at the impressive array of burgers, sides and drinks on the menu at DMK Burger Bar, it would be easy to assume the place has taken on more than it can handle. But that assumption would be dead wrong. The outstanding creatively-topped griddled grass-fed burgers are unquestionably the main attraction, but the fries are right up there with them. Together, they make DMK one of the better burger joints in Chicago.