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Chicago Area

Find the best restaurants, bars, coffee shops, ice cream, and more in Chicago and its suburbs. We also have tags for many of the individual cities in the region, which you can browse here.

What Is the Difference Between a Chicago Dog and a Regular Hot Dog?

Prime hot dog season may be over, but there's no law that says they can only be enjoyed in summer. And the classic Chicago dog is hefty enough to be a great tailgating main course. But what exactly...

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Strutzles (sp?) Root Beer

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by Scott 19 years ago

Hi All, When I was growing up in Maywood, IL in the 1960s, there was a root beer stand on 5th Ave. a block or two south of Madison St. called Strutzle's Root Beer (I'm not sure if that's the correc...

Bats (old Chicago restaurant)

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by Stuart Foster 16 years ago

Does anyone remember an old Chicago Restaurant called Bats? It was located around Michigan and 22nd Near Cermack, about a mile and half from the Loop. I remember it was a fancy sit down deli w...

Creamy Garlic Dressing Recipe? (Chicago style)

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by tiffeecanoe 9 years ago

I miss the amazing creamy garlic salad dressings popular, or well, once popular, in Chicago restaurants, especially Italian. My all time favorite will always be from Tony & Lil's that used to be i...

La Michoacana Azteca Ice Cream Paleteria | Santa Maria

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by Melanie Wong 8 months ago

To celebrate July as National Ice Cream Month, I tried to get caught up on posting on the memorable ice cream places I'd sampled over the last year. That included posting about my latest visits to ...

Challenge to Re-Create Fanny's

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by rcauntay 3 years ago

Growing up, spaghetti with meat sauce at Fanny's in Evanston was my absolute favorite dish. Fanny's recipe isn't lost, but is a secret held closely by her son, who still sells jars of the sauce. ...

elliots bbq

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by varothe 19 years ago

any information available on the above. last known address was in riverside and before that on 55th street in chicago.

Ramps in Chicago Area

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by jimkxjimk 10 months ago

It’s a little late, but where can I find ramps (wild leeks, wild onions) in season in the Chicago area? Thanks

Millers Steakhouse On Western

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by HARRY REEMS 17 years ago

Anybody remember this place that was on devon and western. They had the best ribs ever. Lets talk about this place. Atrue oldie but goodie.

June 11, Support Black-owned Restaurants

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by Melanie Wong 10 months ago

On Thursday, June 11, please join with eaters across the country to support the black community. Order takeout or delivery from a Black-owned restaurant and post a photo on social media. For ea...

Europe's Just Eat Takeaway to buy U.S. delivery firm Grubhub for $7.3 billion

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by Melanie Wong 10 months ago

"."..Running an operation on the other side of the Atlantic, which Maloney will continue to oversee, means Just Eat boss Jitse Groen will have to maintain Grubhub’s sales force and keep the spigot ...

North Pond seedling giveaway, Sat 6/6 at noon (Chicago)

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by Melanie Wong 10 months ago

"We would like to invite you to the North Pond Seedling Distribution this Saturday, June 6th at noon in front of the restaurant. We will be providing seedlings to anyone who would like to add s...

Grocery Delivery During CV Emergency

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by Querencia 1 year ago

I would be grateful if people who know about this would post. Which Chicago stores are delivering? Do I start with the website of the store (eg Jewel, Potash) or of a delivery service (eg Instacar...

Tim Tams are available in Chicago -

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by weinstein5 5 years ago

I discovered Tim Tams, the Australian Cookies, on a business trip to Australia and have been missing them ever since. Now they are now available in Chicago - I found them at the Target in Evanston ...

James Beard Award finalists 2020...

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by gutreactions 11 months ago

The restaurant business is in a wildly fluid state right now, yet the James Beard Foundation has decided to publish their list of 2020 finalists. They have also postponed the awards ceremony to Sep...

Smithfield shutting a U.S. pork plant indefinitely, warns of meat shortages

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by Melanie Wong 12 months ago

" . . . Slaughterhouse shutdowns are disrupting the U.S. food supply chain, crimping availability of meat at retail stores and leaving farmers without outlets for their livestock. Smithfield ext...

Little Free Libraries >>> Little Free Pantries

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by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Little free pantries are springing up in the time of coronavirus and mass unemployment. Previous discussion of little free pantry movement: https://www.chowhound.com/post/free-pantry-san-jose-1...

Chicago Tribune pre-2008 chocolate mousse recipe?

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by jojojovich 2 years ago

Reading the Chicago Tribune one day long ago, they featured a chocolate mousse recipe which featured ground pecan, and which resulted in a recipe that was SO rich and delicious I actually held onto...

Braciole - Cas & Lou's

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by h.b. 19 years ago

There once was an Italian place called Cas & Lou's, around Irving Park Road. It had wonderful braciole. I had it some 25 years ago and still remember its taste. Does anyone know if the place sti...

Caputo's

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by Querencia 1 year ago

Yesterday I made a happy run to Caputo's so thought I would post it in case anybody doesn't know about it. There are several branches in suburbs but only one is "in" the city (across the street, a...

Gourmet Food for Train Trip

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by Budstone 1 year ago

looking at the Empire Builder train ride from Chicago to Seattle and would like ideas for really good gourmet food for the trip. Will be taking a collapsable cooler and dry ice. Can you sneak (like...