Via Chicago

by Henry Farrell on April 15, 2004

I’m flying to Chicago for the “Mid West Political Science Association”: meeting tomorrow, and will be there until Sunday morning. If any of you spot me wandering between panels, feel free to accost me. Other non-native attendees may also want to check out this “NYT article”: on eating out in Chicago.



eszter 04.15.04 at 1:58 am

Since you’re so well read up on Chicagoland restaurants, does this mean you’ll be picking the location of our outing?:)


Henry 04.15.04 at 3:22 am

Nah – I’ll leave that to the real expert!


dargie 04.15.04 at 6:03 am

He’s right about the hotdogs, though he missed Superdawg on Milwaukee and Devon. But he’s wrong (and deserves a couple of good smacks) for his comments on Chicago pizza. Try Pequods pan pizza.


eszter 04.15.04 at 6:26 am

Since the author of that article had nothing positive to say about pizzas, I would love to get recommendations on that front… I have yet to try the famous great Chicago pizza myself. Any other suggestions, Dargie, or anyone else?


tew 04.15.04 at 9:16 am

Firstly, if two pages of encomia to Chicago’s hot dog hadn’t preceeded it, I would have been very angry about the disparaging paragraph about our pizza. I will allow, though, that reasonable people may disagree about the desireability of Chicago-style deep dish pizza (I live in a blended deep-dish/thin-crust hosehold myself). I will brook no disparagement of our hot dogs, however.

The article does hit the appropriate highlights, but will probably have the unfortunate effect of making Hot Doug’s even more crowded than usual. Superdawg is really more of a kitsch adventure than a true hot dog stand. Plus, no tomatoes on the dog — heresy!

As far as deep dish pizza goes, you’ll find the best at these two places:

The Art of Pizza (3033 N. Ashland)
Pequod’s (2207 N. Clybourn)

The Art of Pizza is mostly just take-out/delivery, but you can pop in for a slice. It’s traditional Chicago-style, but with a buttery, flaky crust that makes it much less heavy. Pequod’s is also all about the crust — a caramelized wonder. Pequod’s is a tavern, so you knock back an Old Style or two along with your meal.

The lovely thing about Chicago is that it’s a city of neighborhoods, and just as you have a local dry cleaners and a local tavern, you’ve also got a local hot dog stand. One of the purest moments of joy I have had in my life was the first time the owner of my local stand asked me if I wanted “the usual”.


Fuster 04.15.04 at 10:25 am

Can’t see the NYT article without logging into it so I may be doubling up on information here…. If you find yourself craving something dirty, I’d highly recommend:

1. The Weiner’s Circle
Late night post-drinking hot dogs (*excellent* substitute for a doner)
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2. The Billy Goat Tavern
Burgers near the Herald Tribune Building
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3. Demon Dogs
Friendly little hot dog joint by the El (Fullerton) but threatened with closure last time I was there
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Fuster 04.15.04 at 10:36 am

For pizza I’d say Gino’s East but it’s touristy (where isn’t though?). Other people might tell you Lou Malnati’s (predictable choice) or Home Run Inn (damn good and I’d be temtpted to put it top).

Disclaimer: I can’t really handle deep dish so am probably not the best person on pizzas. Be warned also – pizzas cause arguments in Chicago.


Laura 04.15.04 at 2:41 pm

I’ll also be in Chicago this weekend for a wedding. In between rehersal dinners and such, I’m going to try to run to Pilsen for Mexican food and to Shaw’s Crab House for a cocktail. The Billy Goat Tavern is always cool. Cheeseburger. Cheeseburger.


Nasi Lemak 04.15.04 at 5:00 pm

I have heard it said that attendance at MPSA will be well down because APSA is also going to be in Chicago this year (and in fact Law & Society too, though that only affects a smaller f(r)action)… has this turned out to be true, Henry?


Chris 04.15.04 at 6:27 pm

I’d second Malnati’s–there’s one up in Lincolnwood for you, Eszter. Also Connie’s is pretty good; go for a middleweight or thinner crust there. I find their leftovers to be better than the original thing.

There’s also the Best’s Kosher factory on 39th Street for a dog on a yellow roll. Don’t forget Taylor Street either for a beef sandwich. Darn, all of this is making me hungry and I’m in California.

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