You can learn a lot about a city through its everyday food—the stuff that locals eat without much thought. Oftentimes, these inexpensive delicacies get knocked off best-of lists for fancier fare and gastronomical bragging rights. But like a seriously tasty trip to a museum, the best cheap eats in Chicago paint a picture that's rich in history and embedded with culture. From the top hot dog stands in Chicago and one of the oldest restaurants in Chinatown to an inconspicuous taco stand inside a corner market, these are the culinary building blocks of a great city. The best cheap eats in Chicago are easy on your wallet, too, with everything on this list ringing up under $10. There's never been a better time to get to know the city on a more intimate level, and there’s no sweeter way to do that than through your taste buds.
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