Garrett Popcorn Garrett Mix
It feels a little cheaty to put Garrett’s on a list without deep dish, but the smells that perennially waft up and down Michigan Ave alone justify this pick. As does the addictingly sweet-and-salty combo of Garrett’s handmade, namesake blend of caramel corn and cheese popcorn. If the aroma doesn’t give you away, your orange fingers will.
Maxwell St Polish sausage
This classic Chicago sandwich fittingly traces its origins to the Maxwell Street Market in the 1930s. Dueling University Village side-by-side stands Jim’s Original and the Express Grill (which opened later) both lay claim this sandwich, which stars a kielbasa-like, grilled beef and pork sausage that’s unique to Chicago. Ask for da works and you’ll get just two toppings -- yellow mustard and a mound of grilled onions -- plus optional (say yes) pickled sport peppers.
These crescent-shaped dumplings have a long history in Chicago, thanks to the city’s sizeable Polish-American population, not to mention the inarguable, comfort food-esque appeal of dough stuffed with sweet and savory things. Traditionally filled with sauerkraut, meat, mushrooms, potato and cheese, or fruit, more adventurous pierogi-makers are cramming them with everything from beef cheeks to Champagne kraut.