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Discover Chicago's best tacos, Italian beef sandwiches, and hotdogs: WGN readers vote!

Jennifer Geer

WGN readers select their top Chicago eats in latest polls.

(CHICAGO) Chicago is home to a lot of great food. Although the city has its share of Michelin-starred fine dining restaurants, you can't overlook its casual eats. After all, Chicago is considered the birthplace of the iconic Italian beef sandwich.

But where is the best spot to find iconic Chicago favorites, like the Italian beef sandwich? WGN has polled its readers to find out.

Read on for the top five reader picks for the city's best tacos, Italian beef sandwiches, and hotdogs.

Chicago's 5 best tacos (chosen by WGN readers)

Raymond's Tacos

Location: 2406 S. Blue Island Avenue

La Pasadita

Location: 1140 N. Ashland Avenue

Paco’s Tacos

Location: 4556 S. Ashland Avenue



  • 5925 S. Pulaski Road, Chicago
  • 3949 W 71st Street, Chicago
  • 6212 W. Cermak Road, Berwyn
  • 3837 S Harlem Avenue, Berwyn
  • 8460 S. Harlem Avenue, Bridgeview

Taqueria El Milagro

Location: 1923 S Blue Island Avenue

Chicago's 5 best Italian beef sandwiches (chosen by WGN readers)

Al's #1 Italian Beef


  • 1079 W. Taylor Street, Chicago (the oldest location)
  • 3420 N. Clark Street, Chicago
  • 548 N. Wells Street, Chicago
  • 5948 W. Touhy Avenue, Niles
  • 2804 N. Western Avenue, Chicago
  • 7132 183rd Street, Tinley Park

Johnnie’s Beef


  • 7500 W. North Avenue, Elmwood Park
  • 1935 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights


Locations: (various locations throughout Chicagoland)

Pop’s Italian Beef & Sausage

Locations: (various locations throughout Chicagoland)

Scatchell’s Beef & Pizza

Location: 4700 W. Cermak, Cicero

Chicago's 5 best hot dog stands (chosen by WGN readers)



6363 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago (original location)

333 S. Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling


Locations: (various locations throughout Chicagoland)

Jimmy’s Red Hots

Location: 4000 W. Grand Avenue, Chicago

Fat Johnnie’s Hot Dogs

Location: 7242 S Western Avenue, Chicago

Gene & Jude’s

Location: 2720 N. River Road, River Grove.


Find the original polls from WGN here: tacos, Italian beef sandwiches, and hotdogs.


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