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
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.
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
Record Swap, 606 1/2 E. Green St., Champaign, IL 61820
Second Hand Tunes, 2602 N. Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
See Hear Inc., 217 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL 60610
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
Longman and Eagle is a hipster bar/restaurant with 6 rooms to rent upstairs from $95 dollars (added 12/2016)
Other live music-
Bottom Lounge–1375 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
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.
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
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
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
Scatchell’s Beef & Pizza -4700 W Cermak Rd, Cicero, IL 60804 Italian beef where the giardiana is just celery freshly pickled lightly
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
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
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
The Alley-858 West Belmont Avenue-Leather shop in “alternative” mall.
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
Chicago Postcard Musuem-Huge collection of Vintage Linen postcards
IMSS: A Museum Dedicated to Surgical Science
International Museum of Surgical Science -1524 N Lake Shore Dr Chicago, IL 60610
Creepy museum. Free on Tuesdays
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
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)
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)
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
Six Flags Great America
542 N Route 21, Gurnee, IL 60031
Big, Standard Six Flags Park
Murphysboro, Illinois (near Evansville)
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
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
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
Curt Teich Postcard Archives at the
Lake County Forest Preserve
24237 West Ivanhoe Road, Wauconda, IL
(847) 968-3411 · lcfpd.org
The largest collection of the Curt Teich Postcard company who produced millions of Linen postcards