So, folks, let's take your votes for best pickles that can be bought in chicago.
Extra points go, naturally, for places that don't use vinegar in their brine. A place like Guss' in New York would be ideal, but I don't think it exists anywhere near Chicago.
My personal preference is for the sort of pickles sold at caputo's, the caputo cheese market, and many hamburger and sub joints in the Upper Peninsula of michigan. The pickles have a snap to the skin, but the inside is cool, yet liquidy, and still tastes like a cucumber. They don't have a strong salty or garlicky flavor. That being said, a pickle kimchee wouldn't be out of the question for me.
I quite like Bubbies pickles, sold at whole foods and a few other places, for the intense garlicky, salty flavor. Unfortunately, the long fermentation tends to make the pickle have a uniform texture, rather than the bite I like to the skin.
Unsliced whole pickles are also, naturally, preferred.
So what are your thoughts?