Al’s #1 Italian Beef

Sandwiches in West Loop & Near West Side

Piled high with savory beef that soaks through the thick bun, Al's sandwich is one of Chicago's culinary hallmarks. This is the original location of the local chain, which has now spread beyond the city. Note there's not much seating at the no-frills joint – just a handful of counter stools, plus a few outdoor seats in warm weather. Cash only.