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1. Mr. Beef Chicago 666 N Orleans St, Chicago, IL 60654 (Near North Side)

Nationally famous for its Italian beef sandwich, the menu features a wide array of Italian/American comfort food.

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2. Jay's Beef 2255 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Wicker Park)

Jay's has been around since '76 and they've been doling out some of the best beefwiches (their signature sandwich) ever since.

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3. Roma's Italian Beef 4237 N Cicero Ave, Chicago, IL 60641 (Portage Park)

In business for more than 45yrs, Roma's is one of the premiere destinations for Italian beef sammies, not to mention their Italian sausage sandwiches, Neapolitan pizzas, hand-cut fries.

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4. Tony's Italian Beef 7007 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60629 (Near South Side)

Tony's been slinging Italian beef in Southside since 1975, so you know you can trust them to hook you up with juicy beef on a fluffy, chewy roll, topped up with spicy, tangy giardiniera peppers.

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5. Bari 1120 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60642 (West Loop)

Bari's an Italian grocer known for delicious sandwiches like their Italian beef -- house-made giardiniera, thick-cut beef with savory gravy, and a sturdy roll that will hold up to all that hearty stuff inside. The West Loop hot spot, therefore, serves up some of the best sandwiches in the city, and the sheer variety on the menu makes it difficult to just pick one sandwich to choose from. We recommend going for the footlong prosciutto and fresh mozzarella, which perfectly combines salty and creamy flavors.

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6. Hot Dog Station 4742 N Kimball Ave, Chicago, IL 60625 (Albany Park)

This reliable hot-dog joint is right across the street from the Kimball Brown Line stop, and will impress you with a few gourmet-style dogs. Traditional Chicago dogs are served alongside the "Long Island" (kraut, chili, onions), other geographically-named wieners, and popular Italian beef sandwiches.

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7. Dukes Drive-In 8115 Harlem Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60455 (Bridgeport Sox)

WHERE'S THE BEEF?! At Duke's Drive-In, naturally, where you can score hamburgers, sausage, hot dogs, meatballs, and more, all of which they'll gladly serve you on something called "gravy bread", which is almost certainly worth the cholesterol.

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8. Al's Italian Beef 1079 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607

University Village’s Al’s Italian Beef is a strong believer in letting you choose how juicy you want it to be, it being their famous original Italian Beef sandwich, of course. The beef, which is thinly sliced and dry-roasted in a secret recipe blend of pure spices and natural juices, undergoes a hot-and-sweet-pepper-gravy transformation at increments ranging from “dry” and “dipped” to “regular” and “wet.” The counter-serve restaurant also offers fresh cut fries, char-grilled burgers, tamales, and chili. Sit down indoors or outdoors, or take out; Al’s isn’t picky.

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9. Joe Boston's Italian Beef 2932 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Humboldt Park)

This Humboldt Park sandwich slinger has been one of the best spots in the city for meaty sammies since they opened way back in 1949.