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The Maxwell Street Polish, a Chicago original

While there are a few more days of National Hot Dog Month left, I’m going to talk about Chicago’s second favorite sausage sandwich. In some ways, the Maxwell Street Polish is even more uniquely Chicagoan than the Chicago-style hot dog. Sure, the unique combination of toppings says Chicago, and even the wieners are a little […]

The history and mystery of Chicago’s Tootsie Rolls

Everybody knows about Tootsie Rolls, the chewy, chocolaty logs that have been a childhood favorite for well over a century. Yet this well-known, made-in-Chicago candy is surprisingly hedged about with mystery, beginning with its very origins. Company history from the time Tootsie Roll began manufacturing in Chicago in the 1960s is fairly solid, but the […]

Chicago slides cafeterias into America

This summer marks the 120th anniversary of the World’s Columbian Exposition. The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 introduced quite a few new foods, both directly and indirectly. The six-month-long fair put the blue ribbon on Pabst Beer, brought Chicagoans tamales and Vienna Beef hot dogs and led to the invention of the brownie. The fair […]

Twinkies are back, less palatable than ever

Twinkies, the iconic, Chicago-born, creme-filled snack cakes, return to grocers’ shelves as of today under the auspices of the Hostess company’s new owners. We’ve no word yet whether restaurants such as Dick’s River Roadhouse in Mount Prospect, which formerly served deep-fried Twinkies, plans to add them back to the menu. The Twinkie revival comes to […]

Chicago cracks out a prize candy-coated treat

This summer marks the 120th anniversary of the World’s Columbian Exposition. The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 introduced quite a few new foods, both directly and indirectly. The six-month-long fair put the blue ribbon on Pabst Beer, brought Chicagoans tamales and led to the invention of the brownie. The fair also brought the DeJonghes, who […]

Chicago’s gum is No. 1

This summer marks the 120th anniversary of the World’s Columbian Exposition. The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 introduced quite a few new foods, both directly and indirectly. The six-month-long fair put the blue ribbon on Pabst Beer, brought Chicagoans tamales and Vienna Beef hot dogs and led to the invention of the brownie. The fair […]

Chicago food on the hoof: Scrrrrrrrream for Moo & Oink!

 1970s commercial for Calumet Meat, “The Home of Moo and Oink,” with its memorable jingle.   Win a year’s worth of Moo & Oink! In their Sizzling Summer Giveaway on Facebook, the meaty company is offering the winner a year’s worth of hot links, chitterlings, burgers, hot dogs, chicken fritters, rib tips and other favorites. […]

That momentous, filamentous introduction in Chicago

This summer marks the 120th anniversary of the World’s Columbian Exposition. The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 opened to the public in May, and introduced quite a few new foods, both directly and indirectly. The six-month-long fair put the blue ribbon on Pabst Beer, brought Chicagoans tamales, Vienna Beef hot dogs and Aunt Jemima pancake […]

Chicago mixed it up at World’s Columbian Exposition

This summer marks the 120th anniversary of the World’s Columbian Exposition. The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 opened to the public in May, and introduced quite a few new foods, both directly and indirectly. The six-month-long fair put the blue ribbon on Pabst Beer, brought Chicagoans tamales and Vienna Beef hot dogs and led to […]

We are the cone home

What would summer be without ice-cream cones? Chicago’s contribution to this seasonal essential comes from the Keebler factory at 10839 S. Langley Ave. The world’s largest bakery of ice cream cones, producing sugar cones, waffle cones, waffle bowls, vanilla cups, vanilla cones and fudge-dipped cups, the plant’s 28 ovens bake more than 3 million items […]