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Chicago’s both the Windy City and the City of Big Shoulders. It’s only fitting, then, that the city’s most iconic foods are the hearty type that power you through a cold day and a tough workweek. From burgers to hot dogs, we’ve rounded them all up here.

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Deep Dish from Lou Malnati’s

New York pies be damned—this is the best pizza there is.

Multiple locations; loumalnatis.com

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Hot Dog from Superdawg

Three rules: Absolutely no ketchup; it must be Vienna Beef; and it better come smushed in a box with fries (and pickled tomato).

6363 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-763-0660 or superdawg.com

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Ice Cream from Original Rainbow Cone

For the original Original Rainbow Cone, head south to Beverly. If you’re in a hurry, you can also get your fix at the Navy Pier outpost.

9233 S. Western Ave.; 773-238-7075 or rainbowcone.com

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Italian Beef from Al’s #1 Italian Beef

Starting with a Little Italy storefront in 1938, this now nearly ubiquitous chain claims to have invented the beloved sandwich.

Multiple locations; alsbeef.com

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Smoked Salmon from Calumet Fisheries

This legendary smokehouse has been churning out some of the city’s best seafood since 1948.

3259 E. 95th St.; 773-933-9855 or calumetfisheries.com

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Cheesecake from Eli’s

The name now known for cheesecake originally belonged to a Streeterville steakhouse. Eli’s The Place for Steak no longer exists, but the dessert lives on.

6701 Forest Dr.; 773-308-7015 or elicheesecake.com

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Cheeseburger from Billy Goat Tavern

The burger that launched John Belushi’s career.

430 N. Michigan Ave.; 312-222-1525 or billygoattavern.com

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Hot Giardiniera from J.P. Graziano’s

No Italian sub is complete without the spicy, crunchy mix.

901 W. Randolph St.; 312-666-4587 or jpgraziano.com

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Frango Mints from Macy’s

RIP, Mr. Fields.

Multiple locations; macys.com

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Fried Chicken from Crisp

The perfectly caramelized Korean fried chicken has a serious cult following.

2940 N. Broadway St.; 773-697-7610 or crisponline.com

Steak Jibarito from El Nuevo Borinquen

Steak Jibarito from El Nuevo Borinquen

This beloved Puerto Rican sandwich gets layered between fried plantains instead of bread—genius.

1720 N. California Ave.; 773-799-8390

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Chicago Mix from Garrett Popcorn

Lines have been known to wrap around the corner, and then the next corner, for the crunchy nutty goodness.

Multiple locations; garrettpopcorn.com

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Maxwell Street Polish from Jim’s Original

If you think this is just another hot dog, you must be new to the city.

1250 S. Union Ave.; 312-733-7820 or jimsoriginal.com

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