Restaurants in Chicago, IL

Chicago has more distinctive local specialties than any other city. Some are unique, such as Italian beef, breaded steak sandwiches, chicken vesuvio, and shrimp de jonghe. Others were invented here or taken to unequalled extremes, like deep dish pizza, hot dogs dragged through the garden, Chicago mix caramel corn, and, arguably, the corned beef sandwich. Hyperbole aside, Chicago has a dizzying variety of eateries, plain and fancy, traditional and cutting-edge, foreign and domestic. South Side soul food, cooked in aquarium smokers, is in a class by itself. Quality, and quantity, of portions at the great steak houses defies modesty. At least two of the city’s donut shops would be among the nation’s top five. And pizza culture beyond the original deep dish is always expanding.

Chicago’s Most Famous Dishes

Gravy-sopped Italian beef piled into a length of bread with spicy vegetable giardiniera

Italian Beef

Crisp-edge, creamy-center French fries sprinkled with salt

French Fries

Extreme close-up of sausage bites in a drift of melted cheese on a thin-crust pizza

Sausage Pizza

Wedge of pie with tall yellow base and even taller meringue, flecked with toasted coconut


Chicago’s Best Restaurants

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Great Chicago Recipes

Chicken breast topped with peas and sided by potato logs

Chicken Vesuvio


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