You already know Chicago is famous for a lot of things: Pizza, the Blackhawks, Hot Dogs, Skyscrapers, but there are some historic products of Chicago that you may not have known…
Not really found in too many other cities, giardiniera is a pickled & jarred topping that comes mild, spicy, and ridiculously hot. The addition of giardiniera is synonymous with Chicago fast food staples like Italian Sausage and Italian Beef Sandwiches, but Chicagoans also love to put in on pizza. Although Chicago did not invent it (Italy is the originator), Chicago has a very unique style: giardiniera flavor has to do with the small size of the vegetables, the oil they’re packed in, and, of course, it’s connection to Italian beef. Iconic Chicago food makers Vienna Beef as well as Al’s Beef create & bottle their own giardiniera. Here’s a recipe that takes about 4 days to make, if you’d like to try and replicate it.
Whether you want a chill place to sit & sip delicious coffee, or bring back a great travel gift, here are some of the best cafes the Windy City has to offer….
Now a nationally recognizeable force, Intelligentsia may be the best coffee served stateside. Whether it’s their distinct flavorful House Blend, or the memorable richness of the El Diablo Dark Roast, every cup is brewed to order & everyone should try one. 3123 N. Broadway Ave. Enjoy a hot cup in their spacious cafe & buy a bag of their fresh beans to bring back home.