Food & Drink

The 9 best sausages in Chicago

Published On 03/04/2014 Published On 03/04/2014
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Jim's Original's
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1. Links Taproom 1559 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

Links is a taproom that's got tons of lip-licking brews, fries that're topped with Italian sausage, bacon, cheddar, giardiniera, and green onions, and an awesome selection of non-brew beverages as well.

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2. The Radler 2375 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60714 (Logan Square)

The Radler's a beer hall that's serving up tons of different sausages, sessionable and unique brews, and an opportunity to chant "PROST!" outside of Oktoberfest.

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3. Westminster Hot Dog 11 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60602

With from-scratch hot dogs and innovative toppings, Westminster Hot Dog in Chicago takes the char-dog to new heights.

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4. Gene's Sausage Shop And Delicatessen 4750 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60625 (Lincoln Square)

Gene's is pouring the experience honed from their own 37-year-old family-run biz into their new-to-them two-story temple of cased meats (walls of exposed steel, wood, and stone, gigantic chandeliers, and the Meyer's neon sign above the deli), where the goods are whipped up by Euro-trained sausage makers and smoked on the premises, a past time that also got you kicked off the high school lacrosse team. The Liverbest Sandwich has a thick slab of creamy liverwurst with sliced pickles on a pretzel roll, so it's prepped for you to slather on one of the assorted mustards and wash it all down with a Pilsner. Plus, Gene's rooftop beer and wine garden is undoubtedly one of the best summer drinking spots in the city.

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5. Chicago Brauhaus 4732 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (Lincoln Square)

Chi's Bavarian-est restaurant rocks heaping portions of various -wursts, bountiful German beer, and yodeling.

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6. Franks 'N Dawgs 1863 N Clybourn, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

Chef'd by a Blackbird/Sixteen alum, FND looks like an unassuming hot dog stand decked out in red, black, and steel and ornamented with photos of local graffiti (would also be American Graffiti, but shockingly Opie isn't anywhere).

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7. Jim's Original Hot Dog 1250 S Union Ave, Chicago, IL 60607

Jim’s Original is there to fulfill the 4am Polish sausage craving you’d be lying if you said you’ve never had. The 24/7 stand has perfected its recipe in the decades since 1943, and its most illustrious Polish sausage sandwich buries a smoked pork and beef Polish sausage in a white bun smothered with yellow mustard and heaps of sweet grilled onions. If sausage isn’t for you, order up a hamburger or a chicken sandwich at the counter. Take napkins for the road; since there’s no place to sit, you’ll want to dive in immediately upon reassuming the driver’s seat.

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8. Bari Subs & Italian Foods 1120 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60642 (West Town)

Bari constructs some of the best cold subs in the city, but you should also try their menu beyond their sandwiches considering they also make great salads and soups.

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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.