From the pizza to the popcorn, we just do it better.
When it comes to food, Chicago doesn’t mess around.
From the pizza to the hotdogs, Chicago just does it better — and after living there for several years, I'm here to say that Chicago is hands down the best food city in the country.
Because every summer we host the world’s largest food festival.
It's a massive five-day event called The Taste of Chicago — with all of the best food in one place.
Because we know that the secret to making delicious popcorn is equal parts cheese powder and caramel.
A little bit of cheddar cheese dust on your caramel corn is actually delicious — and it seems like Chicago is the only city that has figured that out.
Because we have Portillo’s.
Without a doubt the best restaurant chain in the country.
Because we understand that pizza can be so much more than a flat disc of dough.
Sure, regular pizza is fine — but deep-dish pizza is on an entirely different level.
Because we have one of the world’s BEST burgers.
People travel from around the world to eat one of Au Cheval's burgers — and for good reason! The burger has been dubbed one of the best in the world over and over again, and people are willing to travel for the experience.
Because you can find a gourmet hot dog basically everywhere.
Complete with neon green relish and NO ketchup.
Because our meatpacking district is still home to premier butcher shops and actual meat.
If you visit the meatpacking district in other cities (*ahem* NYC), you'll only find fancy clothing stores and ritzy bars — but if you go to Chicago's, you'll see actual meat and world-class butchers. Yes, restaurants and galleries have started to creep in, but you'll still see butchers casually carrying whole pigs throughout the streets.
Because you don’t have to wait hours (or even months) to get into popular restaurants.
Chicago doesn't really do lines. Maybe because Chicago is freezing and simply too cold to wait outside — but Chicagoans would never be caught waiting hours for a damn rainbow bagel.