Me? I grew up right next to the city. My mom and dad were Southsiders. Real close to Comiskey Park (don't even call it anything else).
Being from Chicago, I have opinions. This is food, not math. While in matters of taste, I am always right, I realize other people have their own taste buds. We have the four biggies back home, but not here.
We also had Portillo's, White Castle, the Plush Horse (ice cream in the burbs). What else? Some guy selling dogs from a cart in Grant Park.
Anyway, as I asked around, I learned there are quite a few supposed Chicago-friendly places.
You'll see hot dog joints, pizza parlors, steakhouses, and chains with strong Chicago roots or theme. Or maybe I just think they’ve got a great Italian beef sandwich.
Ads are another matter. To have an ad listed here, you've got to pony up. I want two things: Your money and some gift certificates. The ads don’t mean I’ve eaten there. It means they paid me money for you to see the ad.
Ads might not have a direct connection to Chicago but they offered me a deal I couldn’t refuse.