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The 10 Best Chicago-Style Hot Dogs

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 13 comments

It was clear from the moment I moved here that Chicago cared about its hot dogs more than any other place I'd ever been. And after five years of searching, here are my ten favorite Chicago-style hot dogs. More

21 Cheap Eats We Love in Chicago's River North

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 2 comments

River North, the neighborhood just north of the Chicago River, has no shortage of exceptional restaurants. But eating cheaply here is a totally different prospect, one that requires planning and some serious detective skills. More

Gift Guide: For the Homesick Chicagoan

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We gathered together a mix of new and old delicacies, which should help get you in the holiday spirit, no shivering on the L platform required. More

A Sandwich a Day: Grilled Tuna Sandwich at Portillo's

A Sandwich a Day Nick Kindelsperger 4 comments

Of my favorite dishes you can find at Portillo's, none makes less sense than the Grilled Tuna Sandwich ($4.99). After all, this is a glorified hot dog stand, so while I could excuse a fried fish sandwich or something like that, a thick slab of tuna feels off. Turns out I was wrong. More

10 Touristy Spots in Chicago That Are Actually Good

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 23 comments

When visiting a new city, I feel like I'm always caught in the that strange middle ground of wanting to sample the iconic local food specialties, while simultaneously avoiding the kind of restaurants that prey on my naivety and take all my money. These are the places that that offer an unmistakable glimpse at Chicago, while also dishing out great food. More

The Six Best Dishes at Portillo's in Chicago

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 30 comments

Portillo's is a chain, but it's a great one. I've been wanting to say that for while, because its name comes up often on the site when discussing street food in Chicago, and while that could be because it has numerous locations—including an especially prominent one in River North—the mentions are mostly due to the surprisingly consistent and occasionally excellent food. More

The Serious Eats Chicago Dog Style Guide

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 38 comments

Here's the thing: Most people think that the Chicago dog has an inflexible formula, one set down from on high, which mandates a certain seven toppings that must be included or the whole deal is off. But the reality I've encountered over the many years I've been searching for the best hot dog in Chicago is far more varied and interesting. Here's the guide to make sense of it all. More

Chicago: 10 French Fries We Love

Dennis Lee 33 comments

We haven't met many people who don't love a great french fry, and here in Chicago, there are a ton of places to choose from. We scoured the city to compile this list of 10 favorite fry sources. They range from sweet potato fries to foie gras fries to the more classic, skin-on ones. More

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