Chicago Flavors: 10 Windy City Favorites

Chicago will definitely be your kind of town after you chow down on one of these local favorites.

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Chicago Italian Roast Beef Sandwich

"It was a chilly, windy October morning when we ventured from our downtown Chicago hotel to see the sites. We arrived at the Navy Pier cold, tired and hungry. Little did I know that the steaming hot roast beef sandwich I ordered from an Italian vendor there would be one of the tastiest lunches I had ever had."

-Gunslinger's Wife

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Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza

"Superb! This recipe's versatility is equally matched with its deliciousness. For the last five minutes of baking, I took the pizza out briefly and coated the top in a thick layer of sauce, just like Giordano's or Gino's East in Chicago. It brings out my nostalgia for Chicago like no other recipe can."

-russ2246

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Chicago Beer Burgers

"Dream burger! Beer and cheese make everything better -- no exception here."

-Brooke the Cook in WI

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Marshall Field's Chicken Salad

"When I was small, my mom and I would go to on a shopping trip to Chicago twice a year, and we always ate lunch at one of the big department stores. I remember loving this chicken salad then (I thought putting grapes in the chicken salad was the funniest thing!) and I still love it now."

-dedemiami

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Ed's Chicago Cocoa Chili

"Excellent! As soon as I saw 'chocolate chili,' I said 'Chicago!' I have put cocoa in my chili for many years. I would like to try this cocoa chili spice mix on a few other things as well."

-glitter

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Bears' Style Sub

"Fantastic. You can''t go wrong with a sub made with Genoa salami, mortadella, capicola and provolone. I love it."

-Thorsten

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Chicago Chicken Casserole

"Absolutely incredible! This is so comforting I think I ate until I almost burst. It has moved right to the top of my favorite casserole list!"

-Michelle S

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Coffee Cake Chicago

"FANTASTIC coffee cake recipe! The cake part was extremely moist and yummy -- not dry and full of big air holes like lots of coffee cakes (ick). I did double the streusel topping -- just because I'm sinful like that!"

-Susan Lee

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Berghoff's Creamed Spinach

"I used to live in Chicago and used to order the turkey platter at the Berghoff just because the creamed spinach -- the best I have ever had -- came with it. This doesn't taste exactly like the Berghoff spinach, but it is really good. Very quick and easy to make too."

-Kasha

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Chicago-Style Hots Dogs & Fries

"The famous Chicago-style hot dog was born when street cart vendors came onto the hard times of the Great Depression. Money was scarce, but business was booming for these entrepreneurs, who offered a delicious hot meal on a bun for only a nickel. They'd start with a Vienna beef hot dog, nestle it in a steamed poppy seed bun and cover it with a 'salad on top.'"

-Rita~

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