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Request for Chicago-only Dining Experience

cjelias | Aug 3, 201301:40 PM

Wife and I are in Chicago for 2 1/2 days in late August. I've been a few times for work; this will be wife's first trip. We live in LA and spend a fair amount of time in major cities, so don't see a strong need to go to fine-dining establishments or gastro pubs that, even if excellent, are generally findable in most major cities.

Instead, we are looking for types of cuisine and/or experiences that you can truly only have in Chicago because it's food that is only prepared (or only prepared authentically in Chicago), the restaurant is in a uniquely-Chicago neighborhood, or something else I’m not thinking of. I’ve read posts about Girl and the Goat, Sable, Alinea, etc and unless they are truly exceptional versus “the best restaurants” in SF, NY, Portland, etc, we’d rather fill our limited meal slots with uniquely Chicago experiences (but let me know if any of those are truly exceptional).

The meal slots we are looking to fill are:

- One late night meal/snack (we land at ORD at 11:30 pm on a Friday)
- 3 breakfasts
- 2 lunches
- 2 dinners

The categories of food/restaurants that leap to mind are:

- Pizza – I’ve been to Gino’s Giordano’s and Pizano’s, and we are planning to hit Lou Maltani’s and Pizza and Oven Grinder on this trip
- Hot Dogs / Sausage – Portillo’s is on the list for this trip, but we love all things cased, so more recs are welcome here

Would welcome comments on the above, but more valuable are recommendations for and in other categories (BBQ? Greek? Meat?) that we should add.

Location isn’t a big deal. We’ll travel as necessary. Open to full spectrum of cuisines and pricing as well.

Also happy to be referred to existing threads on this topic. Didn’t find any at first glance.

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