First off, Portillo’s is a complete waste of money. Stale bread, beef as tough as asphalt. Save your money for a beef from Al’s. Now, pizza…cracker crust is the only way to go. South side, Nick & Vitos is a must. If you up north, try Barnaby’s..they have a few locations, each is individually owned and operated, our fav is in DesPlaines.
When I get home the first place we go is Portillo’s at North Ave. and Bloomingdale out by where you live, so I’m curious where you’ve had bad experiences with them. I must’ve eaten at 10 locations hundreds of times and I’ve never, ever had stale bread or even remotely tough beef.