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Meet the Maker of Q7 Ranch's Hot Dog

There's a Western-style cattle ranch with 1,000 acres of pasture less than 100 miles from the Chicago Loop. We're talking Billy Crystal and Bruno Kirby in City Slickers stuff here. The land itself is the ecosystem and living quarters for Quarter Circle Seven Ranch's nearly 600 grass-fed steers. More

Chicago's Honey 1 BBQ

"From the sidewalk I saw the rectangular smoker that looked like, yes, an aquarium." Owner and aqua-smoker pitmaster Robert Adams (bottom right). [Photographs: Robyn Lee] We were just off the plane, we were hungry, and we were on our way... More

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