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Need help with my Chicago eating itinerary!

existential_crisis | | Jul 3, 2011 12:49 PM

So I'll be in Chicago for a few days in August for Lollapalooza. I say I'm going for the concert but really I'm going for the food. I am NOT into fancy restaurants, and I am VERY interested in regional specialties and cheap eats. I will have friends with cars, but I would prefer to get some advice on what is close to where I plan on being... so as to not inconvenience my friends.

Okay, so some of the things I plan on doing are:
Cubs Game
Second City
Kingston Mines
The Baton Show Lounge
Lollapalooza (Grant Park)

What would I like to eat?

Pizza - I was thinking Una for deep dish, Giordinno's for stuffed, and Nick & Vito's for thin crust.

Italian Beef - Al's # 1, Original Jim's, or Portillo's... where should I go based on quality and my locations...?

Hot Dogs - think I'll pass on Hot Doug's. Do they have decent Chicago style dogs at Wrigley field?

Burgers - Moody's and Kuma's are the ones that captured my interest. Is Windy City Burger any good, especially considering I am a fan of veggie burgers as well as beef?

Mexican - is there anything good close to where I'll be? I was also thinking about hitting up Cemitras Pueabla....

Other random things - Chicago Brauhaus. Is this worth checking out?
Smoque? - is this close to any place I'll be?
Chicago Diner - any opinions on this vegetarian diner in Boystown?

Sorry for all the scattered random questions... it's just that last time I went to Chicago my friends there weren't much help. And I keep getting lost on the map.... any advice would be appreciated!

Hot Doug's
3324 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Chicago Brauhaus
4732 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Chicago Diner
3411 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657

Windy City Burger
3109 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657

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