\r\nChicago is known for a few perks: its incredible art and\r\nscience culture, its abundance in museums, and its beautiful Lakeshore path,\r\nperfect for cyclists, runners, and dog walkers, alike. Yet, it’s also home to\r\nsome of the\r\nbest restaurants in Chicago, receiving both Michelin praises and high marks\r\namongst residents and tourists. If you’re visiting the Windy city, there are\r\nsome legendary foods\r\nyou must eat in Chicago before heading back home. Make sure to hit these 7\r\nstops. Your taste buds will thank you!\r\n \r\n \r\nChicago-Style Hot Dog \r\n \r\nThere’s nothing quite like a Chicago\r\nstyle hot dog to really whet your appetite. Whether you go to Wrigleyville Dogs, Chicago’s\r\nDog House, or Belly\r\nShack, among others, you really can’t go wrong. With a dill pickle spear,\r\ntomato slice, chopped onions, yellow mustard, relish, sport peppers, and a dash\r\nof celery salt, it’s the perfect combination. Remember: steer clear of the\r\nketchup!\r\n \r\nGoat From Girl & The Goat \r\n \r\nThat’s right, a goat offering from Stephanie Izard’s renowned\r\n“Girl & The Goat”\r\nrestaurant along Chicago’s “restaurant row” in the West Loop. With a whole menu\r\nsection dedicated to “goats,” you’ll have plenty of options. It’s not only\r\nincredibly trendy and innovative, but it’s the perfect setting to try something\r\nyou’ve never dared to eat before. Make sure to book in advance, as reservations\r\ncan be hard to come by on short notice.\r\n \r\nPortillo’s\r\n \r\nHeading to Portillo’s is necessary when visiting Chicago.\r\nOrdering the Italian beef sandwich, fries, or the delicious, creamy, chocolate\r\ncake shake will probably be one of the best things you’ve ever tasted. Finding great food to\r\neat in Chicago isn’t hard, but missing out on Portillo’s could be\r\nheartbreaking. Use your time wisely, and get your stomach ready for a truly\r\nmemorable experience the whole family will love. Want more Italian beef? Head\r\nto Al’s Italian Beef, which is another\r\nworthy Chicago staple.\r\n \r\n \r\nBlack Dog Gelato\r\n \r\nWho cares if it’s the middle of winter? There’s always an\r\nopportunity to enjoy Black Dog Gelato\r\nand savor all its unique, sensational flavors. One of the best\r\nthings to eat in Chicago can definitely be ice cream, and when it comes to\r\nflavor combinations, such as Goat Cheese Cashew Caramel, Maple Cayenne Bacon,\r\nand White Chocolate Banana Curry, it’s pretty hard to not be pleased with your\r\nvisit. Brace the outdoors, no matter the weather, and enjoy every spoonful. If\r\nyou want a different icy treat, you can also try a Chicago classic, the Original Rainbow Cone, anytime between\r\nMarch and November.\r\n \r\nA Real Chicago Donut\r\n \r\nWithout a doubt, it’s a fact that Chicago\r\nhas the best donuts. Besides being gigantic, the original flavors and\r\ntextures make them stand out. With so many donut shops and treats to choose\r\nfrom, it might be hard to make a decision. A solution? Get a box, and share\r\nwith others, or try a different donut, from a different locale, for each day of\r\nyour trip. Great options include Stan’s\r\nDonuts, Glazed & Infused, and Firecakes. To get both your bites and\r\nsteps in, there are tons of free\r\nactivities in Chicago that will keep you moving and digesting.\r\n \r\n \r\nA Great Chicago Burger\r\n \r\nIt’d be a shame to not try one of the best\r\nburgers in Chicago during your trip. Known as one of the elite burgers in\r\nAmerica and a food\r\nyou must eat when visiting Chicago, Au\r\nCheval is famous for its cheeseburger and classy knife presentation,\r\nsplitting the bun right down the middle (but we doubt you’ll want to share it).\r\nFor a more innovative, creative style, opt for a patty at Kuma’s Corner, or go for a more\r\nsophisticated bite with burgers at Eight\r\nBar and Patio or The\r\nLoyalist.\r\n \r\nGarrett Popcorn\r\n \r\nNo Chicago\r\nfood list would be complete without Garrett\r\nPopcorn. Not only can you get a whiff of the delicious, caramel and cheese\r\ninfused blend from a mile away, but you can taste Garrett’s perfect flavor\r\ncombination, the “Chicago mix,” at one of the many locations around the city.\r\nIf you’re on the Magnificent Mile stop, it makes for a delicious snack when\r\nyour energy stores from shopping are running low. \r\nA bonus? If you’re lucky to score a reservation at Avec, try the chorizo-stuffed medjool\r\ndates. It’s a signature item that’ll be there on all your travels!