Greater Chicago Area

Pictured above:
A must have chicago dog, topped with tomatoes, onion, mustard, Neon green relish, a whole pickle spear and sprinkled with celery salt in a steamed poppy seed bun.          
Pictured: Italian Beef

chicagotamale

Chicago, IL

 

Chicago is the Tippy Top of the Blues Highway and with it, you can still find a variation on the Delta style tamale here.  Some hot dog places take tamales and put then on a bun with chili and call it a mother in Law Sandwich.  Tamale pictured above.

Find Tamales at
Supreme Tamale Company-5813 W Grand Ave or the TOM TOM beef tamales in Supermarkets.

MP Shows puts on some good events around town

Flavorpill.net has a good picks list for local events.
Online arts guide-Centerstage Chicago.COM.  They have a great list of Chicago Records Stores.
New City is the weekly for Chicago.  There is also the Chicago Reader.

Record Stores
Gramaphone 2843 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657
Reckless Records is another mini chain of note-at 1532 N Milwaukee Ave , Chicago (773) 235-3727  and 3157 N Broadway St , Chicago (773) 404-5080.
Dusty-Groove America -1180 N Milwaukee Ave , Chicago (773) 645-1200-great vinyl specialists, also online.
Laurie’s Planet Of Sound -4703 N Lincoln Ave , Chicago (773) 271-3569
Hear Music, 932 North Rush St., Chicago, IL 60611
Hard Boiled Records, 2008 W. Roscoe, Chicago, IL 60618

Permanent Records-1914 West Chicago Avenue  Chicago, IL 60622 (773) 278-1744-indie shop with lots of instores-Also with a LA shop

Bars-

GREEN MILL JAZZ CLUB-4802 N. BROADWAY AVE., CHICAGO, IL 60640 773.878.5552-trad jazz and swing bar

The Owl-Logan Square-2521 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647-Bar with lots of owl figurines and a waterfall plus lots of rum cocktails.

Rainbo Club -1150 N Damen Ave , Chicago (773) 489-5999-dive bar popular with local indie bands and their friends (HT-might be closing?)

Rednofive-440 North Halsted Street-popular with the cooler kids

Simon’s Tavern-5210 N Clark St  Chicago, IL 60640, (773) 878-0894 Dive Bar since 1934

Lodging-

Longman and Eagle is a hipster bar/restaurant with 6 rooms to rent upstairs from $95 dollars (added 12/2016)

Band Clubs-

DIY-House of Heavy Petting and Club Soda.
Empty Bottle-1035 N Western Ave , Chicago (773) 276-3600-Listed as one of the best places in Chicago to see live music.
Hideout-1354 W Wabansia, Chicago Il 60622 -773-227-4433

Cobra Lounge – 235 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60607 (312) 226-6300-TT faves White Mystery play here a lot
Crown Tap Room, 2821 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL, 60647 (773) 252-9741

Other live music-
Bottom Lounge1375 West Lake Street  Chicago, IL 60607 (312) 666-6775
Double Door -1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue ,Chicago -773.489.3160
The Metro -3730 N. Clark -Chicago 773.549.4140

The GMan Tavern aka Gingerman -Old dive with live music-Cash only: 3740 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613

Liar’s Club – 1665 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 665-1110-Nice interior and occassional bands.
Schuba’s and Lincoln Hall -3159 N. Southport Ave Chicago 773.525.2508
The Vic Theatre-3145 North Sheffield, Chicago IL  (773) 472-0449
Abbey Pub 3420 W. Grace [at Elston]-Chicago 773-478-4408-Irish Pub with live music.
Subterranean-2011 W. North Ave.Chicago, IL 60647

Emporium Arcade Bar– 2363 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 and another location.  Arcade bar with some okay music events and some not.

Burlington Bar– 3425 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 Punk bar with touring bands.  Near Coles and Quenchers too. (773) 384-3243

Quenchers Saloon -300 types of beer, and punk bands: 2401 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647  (773) 276-9730-They do a lot of things to tater tots too.  Someone send me a picture of their chili.

Cole’s Bar -Free Live music, comedy & open-mike nights: 2338 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647: (773) 276-5802

Eats-
While in town you must get a chicago style dog loaded with tomato, pickle, mustard, relish, onion and sprinkled with celery salt.  Available all over town.

Kuma’s Corner-2900 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618-5804
(773) 604-8769  www.kumascorner.com   Burger joint with hybrid burgers like pulled pork on a burger or Sausage…

Also, The inspiration for SNL’s Cheeburger cheeburger sketch is the The Billy Goat Tavern & Grill-430 North Michigan Ave. (lower level) Chicago, IL (312)222-1525
Carsons Ribs-multiple locations

Gale Street Inn- 4914 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60630-Famous for ribs

Al’s #1 Italian Beef -169 W. Ontario, Chicago, IL-An italian beef sandwich is like a cheesesteak with tomato sauce instead of cheesewhiz.  The combo sandwich has beef AND sausage and giardiniera, that pickled vegetable mix.
Also great for Italian Beef is Mr. Beef.  666 N Orleans St, Chicago, IL 60610  (312) 337-8500

Gene’s Sausage Shop and Delicatessen -Sausage market with rooftop beer garden where you can eat em.    Get the alpine.  4750 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625 (773) 728-7243

Hackney’s-733 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60605 (312) 461-1116 home of the oblong shaped Hackneyburger® their special recipe ground exclusively for Hackney’s for 75 years. Served on Hackney’s Dark Rye® or bun.

Harold’s Chicken Shack-636 S Wabash Ave Chicago, IL 60605 and others. Local chain that fries their chicken in beef fat
Paradise Pup and Char Grill-1724 S River Road
(between Kennicott Ln & Riverview Ave), Des Plaines, IL 60018-A cheddar burger is made with cheddar spread, delicious italian beef served french dip style and the classic chicago hot dog.
Rezas-(Clark St.) -5255 N. Clark, Chicago (773) 561-1898-large portions of Persian food.
Ann Sather -929 West Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657-incredible swedish style waffles.  If you love waffles, you will be blown away and amazing Cinamon Rolls and pecan rolls

Honey 1 BBQ-Storefront takeout only BBQ-746 E 43rd St, Chicago, IL 60653

Lem’s Bar-B-Q -Address: 311 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619 (773) 994-2428-good ribs and rib tips.   Limited seating.  Great sign.

Scatchell’s Beef & Pizza -4700 W Cermak Rd, Cicero, IL 60804 Italian beef where the giardiana is just celery freshly pickled lightly

Skylark Bar-2149 S Halsted St ,Chicago, IL 60608-Burgers, tater tots with 3 dipping sauces, cheap ass steak dinner in a divey dive bar with old giant coffin urinals.

Superdawg-Address: 6363 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60646-Amazing Chicago hot dog joint with the only krinkle cut fries I’ve ever liked.  Also a location outside the city in Wheeling.

Fancier-

Au Cheval– 800 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607-upscale “dive” bar with a burger that tops almost everyones list.  (312) 929-4580. Actually pretty cheap, but can have huge waits.
Chicago has a branch of 
Lawrys the Prime Rib-started by the seasoning company they specialize in…prime rib.  Its kind of on the elegant side and my guess is not all that cheap.100 East Ontario Street (312) 787-5000

Owen & Engine -2700 N Western Ave ,Chicago, IL 60647-Another burger contender.
The 
Weber Grill restaurant cooks everything over charcoal on…weber grills. 539 N. State Street, Chicago IL  312-467-9696
Smoque-800 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60641, mempis style dry rub and sauced ribs, great beans.
For Dessert, get a rainbow cone at the original location in the southside,  9233 S. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60620 773-238-7075, home of the  five-flavor Rainbow Cone, which features chocolate, pistachio, strawberry and Palmer House (a cherry-nut blend) ice creams, as well as a layer of orange sherbet.
Mannys Cafeteria and Deli-1141 S. Jefferson,  Chicago, IL 60607?Jewish style Deli, but not kosher so they are open saturdays, closed sundays.  Also unusual is that they serve cafeteria style (312) 939-2855

Johnnie’s Beef-7500 W North Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707 (708) 452-6000-Italian Ice and italian beef.  No indoor seating.  HOt sweet and wet.

Jims Original-two locations-THE ORIGINAL LOCATION-1250 S UNION AVE, CHICAGO, IL 60607
(312) 733-7820  Some sort of sadist decided to put a WHOLE PORK CHOP WITH THE BONE IN IT inside a bun with mustard onions and hot sport peppers.  Its delicious but you can break your teeth.  Everything is served that way including a polish sausage and all include fries. open 24/7

Swedish Bakery European Style Pastries and Cakes-located in the Andersonville neighborhood in Chicago. 5348 North Clark Street  (773) 561-8919

 

Another Regional Specialty is the MOTHER IN LAW HOT DOG, not a hot dog but rather a “Chigago Style” Tamale topped with normal hot dog toppings

Available at

JOHNNY O’S-3465 S. Morgan St. Chicago, IL 60608 (773) 927-1011 and the much more rustic stand

Fat Johnnie’s Famous Red Hots-7242 S Western Ave Chicago, IL 60686
Phone number (773) 633-8196

Other things
The Alley-858 West Belmont Avenue-Leather shop in “alternative” mall.

The Brown Elephant -Thrift store to support Howard Brown Health Center.  5404 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640   (773) 271-9382
Dat Donut-8249 S Cottage Grove Ave (between 82nd St & 83rd St) Chicago, IL 60619 Some say this is the best donut in chicago.

Strange Cargo-T-shirt store in Chicago, Illinois ·Veteran go-to for customizable T-shirts, plus messenger bags, sneakers & quirky odds & ends.
3448 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

Woolly Mammoth -collectibles shop with taxidermy.  1513 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 989-3294

Chicago Postcard Musuem-Huge collection of Vintage Linen postcards

Museums-
IMSS: A Museum Dedicated to Surgical Science
International Museum of Surgical Science -1524 N Lake Shore Dr  Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 642-6502
Creepy museum.  Free on Tuesdays

Leather Museum and Archives-6418 N Greenview Ave, Chicago, USA-free Thursday evenings.

The Button Museum at the Busy Beaver button company, 3407 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647 OPEN: Monday-Friday 10-4 or by appointment.

Logan Hardware-2532 W FULLERTON AVE, CHICAGO, IL 60647-Vintage record store with vintage arcade museum in back.

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, 756 N Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60642-Closed Monday

Arlington Heights, IL
Dinorex Arlington Heights , an indoor amusement park that claims to be the “Kingdom of the Dinosaurs”. There are two Illinois locations, one in Arlington Heights and another in Crystal Lake. Both offer free admission and feature several kid sized thrill rides, including a junior roller coaster.
1227 N. Rand Road, Arlington Heights, IL

 

Berwyn, IL (Greater Chicago)

Old Route 66 runs through there

Eats-

Live Music-

Cigars & Stripes BBQ Lounge -6715 Ogden Ave
Berwyn, IL 60402

Wire – music venue & bar also with recording studios &  classes.   6815 W Roosevelt Rd, Berwyn, IL 60402 (708) 669-9473

Collinsville, Illinois

Attraction-The World’s Largest Catsup Bottle is at 800 South Morrison Avenue, just south of Main Street in downtown Collinsville, Illinois.  In July they have a festival.

Edwardsville, IL (outside of St. Louis, MO)
Bars-
The Stagger Inn again-Local divey bar with shuffleboard and live bands.104 E Vandalia St, Edwardsville, IL 62025 (618) 656-4221 right next to a comic shop and across from the Walgreens
Elmhurst, IL (Greater Chicago)

Eats-Macs Golden Pheasant-668 W. North Avenue, Elmhurst, IL 60126
ph (630) 279-8544-The oldest continuely operated restaurant in Dupage County.  Famous for onion soup, Pork Loin, Roast Duck and more.

Evanston, IL (outside Chicago)
Eats
Wiener and Still Champion-802 Dempster, Evanston, IL 60202 (847) 869-0100.  Hot dog joint that also makes the krispy kreme donut burger, the luther burger.  Corn dogs.  They make a sauce of the week! And have fried pickles too
Crystal Lake, IL

Tiki bar-The Breakers Restaurant -Chinese & American eats, a cocktail bar & “live music”.
7728 US-14, Crystal Lake, IL 60012 Closed Monday and Tuesday

Gurnee, IL

Amusement Park
Six Flags Great America 
542 N Route 21, Gurnee, IL 60031
(847) 249-4636
Big, Standard Six Flags Park

Joliet, IL

Eats-

Hamburgerseria-1015 Essington Rd , Joliet, IL 60435-great burgers and shakes.  Many different styles.

Murphysboro, Illinois (near Evansville)

Eats-
17th Street Bar and Grill– 32 North 17th Street, Murphysboro, Illinois  62966, 618-684-3722- Features world championship winning BBQ.

River Grove IL (near Chicago)

Gene’s & Jude’s- old-school hot dog stand that is Steamed with mustard, onion, relish and sport peppers, and served encased in  fries. Ketchup is banned from the premises.  They also Serve Tamales- 2720 River Road, River Grove IL 60171

Romeoville, IL

Eats-

The Original White Fence Farm-1376 Joliet Road, Romeoville, IL 60446
630 / 739-1720-Old fashioned fried chicken dinner restaurant.

Springfield, IL
Springfield has its very own sandwich: the Horseshoe.toast on a plate with a hearty hamburger patty resting on top,  underneath a mound of French fries covered with a thick cheese sauce, now there are variations available with Ham and other things.  Available at D’Arcy’s Pink, 661 West Stanford Avenue

Charlie Parker’s Diner, 700 North St,  217 241 2104.  diner food served in a quonset hut
other food
Cozy Dog Drive In, 2935 South 6th St., 217-525-1992 cozydogdrivein.com, on historic Route 66. Their specialty is the Cozy Dog, a cornbread-encased hot dog known elsewhere as a corn dog. $3-$8.  Also try their vinegar fries and chili
Head West Sub Stop,  submarine sandwiches, plus other locations
530 E Capitol St,  217 789 9101.
Joe Roger’s Chili, 820 S. 9th Street,217 522 3722, classic Springfield chili parlors. with or without beans, with or without meat  with six different levels of spiciness.
Maid-Rite Sandwich Shop, 118 N Pasfield St, 217 523 0723.  loose meat sandwiches of spiced ground beef. Used to be lots of these.  Sandwiches are similar to sloppy joes

Sabatino’s- 4441 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60641
Old-school Italian fare served in a retro supper-club setting with live piano music on weekends. They serve complementary pizza bread

Wauconda, IL
Musuem
Curt Teich Postcard Archives at the

Lake County Forest Preserve

24237 West Ivanhoe Road, Wauconda, IL
(847) 968-3411  · lcfpd.org

Willowbrook, IL (greater Chicago)

Eats-Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket -Historic Route 66 fried-chicken dinner joint,  645 Joliet Rd, Willowbrook, IL 60527

 

The largest collection of the Curt Teich Postcard company who produced millions of Linen postcards

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