Because ordering from the menu is for literates, chefs from all over Chicago decided to whip up top-secret sandwich specials just for Thrillist readers. Sadly, reading this also requires literacy, so get hooked on phonics and start sounding this out.
Lillie's Q: Grilled Pimento Cheese
The BBQ barons've co-opted their typically appetizer-reserved pimento cheese spread and slathered it between pieces of brioche along with bacon they cured themselves. But not the pigs...those guys totally died.
Southport Grocery: The Swoll
Weighing in at 2.5lbs, this monster consists of two hoagie rolls grilled with ham, roast beef, house-smoked brisket & pastrami, and applewood bacon, plus chipotle cheddar, butterkase, chipotle cream, and pickles (so clearly you won't be getting your swoll from the gym anytime soon)
The Fifty/50: The Dirty Bird
The raucous sports bar starts with a chicken fried steak sandwich on a knotted roll, smothers it in sausage gravy, tops it with a fried egg, and are naming it for Jamal Anderson, guaranteeing your beef will be devoid of any tendons.
Old Town Social: The Pig Mac
The upscale sports pub's piling up a dual-layered sesame seed bun'd sammie, with the bottom half holding a burger, cheddar, house-cured bacon, lettuce, and special sauce, and the top stacked with smoked pork shoulder squirted with BBQ sauce and topped with bread & butter pickles, though considering how weighed down you'll be after eating it, good luck skipping out on the dill.
Lokal: The Lokal Belly
The euro-tinged gastro-lounge's offering a toasted pork belly sandwich with pecorino, greens, tomato, and an apple cider gastrique, a final touch arrived at after much mulling.
Small Bar: The Woolly Mammoth
SB's Fullerton and Division outposts take a 1/2lb burger, leave it open-face, top it with bacon/fried egg, and cover the whole shebang in poutine, the french fry/cheese curd/gravy concoction made famous by Canada for not being a moose, or hockey.