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It’s too cold for cold cuts. This time of year, we stick to a strict hot-sandwiches-only policy; and our quest for the meltiest, most decadent meals between two slices has led us all over the city. Here, ten steamy sandwiches you should try before spring.

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West Loop

Spicy giardiniera gives the hearty meatball sub ($8.50) at newcomer Nonna’s Sandwiches & Sundries a crunchy kick. 925 W. Randolph St.

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Fulton Market

The Fugazzetta panini ($11, lunch only) at La Sirena Clandestina is a next-level grilled cheese oozing with mozzarella, Parmesan, provolone and melted onions--and it’s served with tomato soup, of course. 954 W. Fulton Market

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Wicker Park

Chop Shop's ode to slow-roasted beef is served on crusty Turano bakery bread with a side of housemade au jus for dipping--the family recipe is three generations old. 2033 W. North Ave.

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Northfield

The Happ Inn’s tilapia sliders ($9.50 for three, shown at center) are a great balance of texture with their lightly breaded fish, crunchy slaw, creamy chipotle mayo and crisp onions. 305 Happ Rd., Northfield

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University Village

Simple and saucy, the MK rib sandwich ($10) at County BBQ needs only a pile of pickles to contrast with its super-tender chunks of St. Louis-style rib meat. 1352 W. Taylor St.

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Gold Coast

He had us at “pizza dough sandwich.” Chef Tony Mantuano’s calzone-like creations ($11) at Bar Toma come stuffed with meatballs, chicken or veggies, and they take on a smoky finish after being baked in the restaurant’s wood-burning oven. 110 E. Pearson St.

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Lakeview

We’d eat breakfast at any time of day if it were Crosby’s Kitchen’s classically great fried-egg sandwich with cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and red onions on soft marble rye. 3455 N. Southport Ave.

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Oak Park

Who says a sandwich needs meat? Marion Street Market makes a crave-worthy melt ($10) with gently fried cauliflower, sweet honey and curry aioli, tart apple bits and a layer of Somerset cheddar cheese. 100 S. Marion St., Oak Park

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Mag Mile

The lunch menu at our new favorite Michigan Avenue mega-restaurant, Labriola, has a fabulous short-rib sandwich ($15) on a fresh-baked baguette with house-made giardiniera, caramelized onions and rich taleggio cheese. 535 N. Michigan Ave.

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The Loop

The lunchtime smoked salmon BLT ($16) at our go-to pre-symphony restaurant, The Gage, bursts with the cool and salty contrasts of a pile of crisp bacon, dill-marinated cucumbers and caper aioli. 24 S. Michigan Ave.

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