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Where to Find the Best Ice Cream in Chicago

Matt Kirouac 16 comments

From old-school ice cream parlors to newfangled scoop shops, Chicago's cone runneth over with sensational, scream-worthy ice cream destinations. More

4 Great Places to Try Canelés in Chicago

Cate Huguelet 3 comments

While everyone's been busy banging on about cronuts, wonuts, and other faddish, gut-busting sweets, a classy little cake has been creeping quietly onto the racks of some of Chicago's most gifted bakers. It's called the canelé, and if you haven't yet tried it, you'd be well-advised to pick one up post-haste. More

What It's Like to Work at a Hot Dog Cart

John Carruthers 22 comments

A few weeks ago, I decided to pull the trigger on a long-time dream of mine: stepping behind a cart as one of Chicago's hot dog-slinging vendors. After graduating from Hot Dog University, it was time to take cart life from theory to practice. I was ready to start selling some hot dogs. More

How I Got My Degree From Hot Dog University

John Carruthers 19 comments

I've been to college and have a master's degree, but to really learn how to run a hot dog cart, I needed to enroll in Hot Dog University. It was partly to get instruction on profit margins and strategy, partly to figure out the nuances that separate successful vendors from unsuccessful ones, and partly because I was really digging the idea of telling people I graduated from Hot Dog University. More

Chef Curtis Duffy of Grace on Where to Eat in Chicago

Amber Gibson 2 comments

At Grace, chef Curtis Duffy makes food that's so pretty it could be an exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art. When he's not at work, he mostly prefers to eat lighter, healthier fare, though he won't deny his kids an occasional Dairy Queen fix. More

Hot Dog Taste Test: Chicago's Vienna Beef vs. New York's Sabrett

J. Kenji López-Alt 36 comments

I've had this idea griddling in my brain for quite a while now. New York and Chicago both have a proud hot dog culture that highlights all-beef, natural casing franks. But whose dogs are really better? More

The Best Deep Dish Pizza in Chicago

Nick Kindelsperger 81 comments

Deep dish pizza is as accurately named as any food I know. Even if you've never experienced one in person, you already know to expect something imposing and thick, with generous layers of sauce and cheese. But which pizzeria in Chicago serves the best? I tried 13 different places to find out. More

Where to Eat Outdoors in Chicago, 2014 Edition

Matt Kirouac 4 comments

Coming off the most frigid winter most Chicagoans have ever experienced, we are extra hungry for some al fresco sunshine this year. Fortunately, the city is packed with some truly spectacular options, from tall rooftop bars to cozy neighborhood spots. More

RIP Hot Doug's: A Love Letter

Nick Kindelsperger 17 comments

That ripple you felt through the encased meat world last week? It's true. Hot Doug's, Chicago's and perhaps the country's most famous hot dog stand, plans to close on October 4. More

Cheezeborger, Cheezeborger, Cheezeborger: What's the Best Burger at the Billy Goat?

Joe Roy 9 comments

What's the best burger at Chicago's iconic Billy Goat Tavern? Single, double, triple, or quadruple? Kaiser roll or kids' bun? What about adding bacon and caramelized onions? Nine burgers and two days later, I now feel confident to speak definitively on the matter. More

How to Make Chicago-Style Italian Beef at Home

Nick Kindelsperger 17 comments

Chicago's iconic Italian beef is one of the most unwieldy sandwiches ever created by man. At first glance it looks like the less dignified cousin of the French dip, but instead of coming with a nice little side of au jus for you to wet the sandwich's ends with, this bad boy is saturated from the start. Ask for it "dipped" and the whole sandwich is dunked in meaty juices, soaking the bread to the core. There's no respectable way to eat one of these, but it's well worth the mess. If you don't live in the Chicagoland area, here's how to make one at home. More

Homemade Italian Beef

Serious Eats Nick Kindelsperger 7 comments

Recreating an authentic Italian beef at home sounds easy, but it's surprisingly hard to do without an industrial meat slicer. I don't know about you, but that's one piece of kitchen gear that I don't have. Fortunately, if you give up on roasting the beef yourself, there's another way. More

We Eat All of the Tortas at Xoco in Chicago

Nick Kindelsperger 9 comments

I've loved every torta I've tried from Xoco over the years, but which one is best? To figure out for sure, I decided to taste all the options side by side, hoping that this would allow me to tease out the best options from the pack. More

The 12 Best Places to Brunch in Chicago

Matt Kirouac 10 comments

In Chicago these days, people take brunch as seriously as hot dogs and gripes about the weather. But even if you're a brunch diehard, the surplus of options can prove challenging. I'm here to help you navigate through the sea of syrup and the forest of flapjacks to determine some of the best brunch spots in Chicago. More

Chicago's Best Bars for Whiskey, Gin, Tequila, and Other Spirits

Drinks Emma Janzen 3 comments

Chicago might be a whiskey city, but there's a new crop of great bars celebrating the virtues of other spirits. Here are some of the best spots for whiskey, gin, tequila, rum, vodka, and more. More

Chicago Drinking Guide: The Best Spots for Cocktails Right Now

Drinks Emma Janzen 3 comments

A new sense of saucy irreverence is at play in Chicago—cocktails on tap, in bottles, and dance nights with shots of Old Fashioneds are all fair game. Here's our guide to the best places to drink cocktails in the Windy City right now. More

Solid Pub Burgers at Goose Island in Wrigleyville

A Hamburger Today Dennis Lee 6 comments

If you're looking for a bite in Wrigleyville that's not necessarily jammed with a fist-bumping bro-dawg vibe, Goose Island makes for a good oasis with lots of beer choices and some solid bar food. More

Mindy Segal's Top Picks for Valentine's Day Sweets in Chicago

Sweets Erin Jackson 1 comment

Mindy Segal, owner of Mindy's Hot Chocolate in Chicago, shares all the treats on her Valentine's Day wish list, from soft serve ice cream kissed with cinnamon and caramel, to salty-sweet Basque cake. More

How Do You Feel About Chicago-Style Pizza in NYC?

Slice Jamie Feldmar 42 comments

It took the internet a little while to catch on (whoops), but news is finally spreading that a Chicago-style pizzeria called Emmett's recently opened in New York. We're planning to taste Emmett's pies next week (stay tuned!), but in the meantime, the news is causing some mixed emotions at SEHQ. More

Paulie Gee's Announces Chicago Expansion, With Slice'r Derrick Tung at the Helm

Slice Niki Achitoff-Gray 35 comments

Just weeks after announcing a nationwide expansion of his acclaimed Brooklyn pizzeria, Paulie Gee's—with Slice founder Adam Kuban due to head up a Portland outpost, no less—Paulie is ready to publicize another familiar addition to his growing "brotherhood of pizza enthusiasts." More

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