Chicago Eats

Uncommon Spins on Chicago Classics


Chicago, Illinois is home to many attractions such as Navy Pier and the Sears Tower. Some may think around these attractions are the best places to eat yet, they are mistaken. Chicago is home to many "hidden gems" that hold some of the best qualities of food that some overlook when visiting the city. Some also hold historical significance while offering unique spin on Chicago classics. Here is a look into the "hidden gems" that Chicago has to offer.


Andorka's Sandwich Shop

Residing in a house on 2110 S Halsted Andorka's Sandwich shop is a life style, not a clock-in job, as described by Matt Andorka (5). Matt Andorka loves making fresh bread therefore all bread is made in house to ensure quality and freshness. Also, Andorka strives to use local products and produce sealing in the freshness of the shop. Every second Friday of each month the sandwich shop hosts a comedy night.

Big Star

A once gas station now converted into a restaurant filled with food inspired by authentic Mexican cuisine. Big Star credits its success to its community and therefore gives back to the community by supporting numerous local organizations.

Located at 1531 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Beyond the Loop - Lincoln Park: Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder

Pizza And Oven Grinder

An old house littered with Chicago history. No one knows exactly when the house was built, yet it has many notes of the Victorian Era, with high ceilings and narrowed windows. The building is right across the street where the infamous St. Valentine's day Massacre occurred in 1929. In April 1972, the building was bought by Chicago attorney Albert H. Beaver and the restaurant Pizza and Oven Grinder was constructed. A wide variety of different food is available including the Pizza Pot Pie made from scratch (pictured)(1).

Located at 2121 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614

Chicago's Best Southside: Nana

Nana Organic

A family owned restaurant that only uses fresh, locally grown, organic ingredients in it's breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. Throughout each menu is American food with hints of Spanish and Latin influences. The menu is large and ever changing due to the changing seasons. As an effort to give back the community, Nana participates in various philanthropic events and partnerships (2).

Located at 3267 S Halsted St. Chicago IL 60608

Small Cheval

Rustic style containing a very short menu cheeseburgers, hamburgers and fries. Guests have the option to add bacon, lettuce and tomato. This casual fast paced burger joint keeps to the basics. First opened August 1st, 2015 and only seats about 100 people inside and out (3).

Located at 1732 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60647