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Al’s #1 Italian Beef

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  • Little Italy, UIC
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Al's Italian Beef on Taylor St.
Photograph: Jaclyn RivasAl's Italian Beef on Taylor St.

Time Out says

Though it was franchised at the turn of the millennium, this location of Al’s is the oldest (having opened in 1938) and the only direct descendant of the original (a wooden stand at Laflin and Harrison). These days, you’ll find Italian beefs all over town, but there’s something about eating one at this surviving piece of Little Italy. A six-inch bun piled with tender, thinly sliced beef is only better as a “combo” (topped with char-grilled sausage), “dipped” in beef jus and finished with hot giardiniera. Skin-on fries smothered with cheese are required eating for a meal lingering locals would be proud of.


1079 W Taylor St
Cross street:
between Carpenter and Aberdeen Sts
Subway stop: Racine Subway lines: Blue to Racine Bus info: 12 Roosevelt, 60 Blue Island/26th, 157 Streeterville
Average sandwich: $6
Opening hours:
Lunch, dinner (closed Sun)
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