Chickies Beef

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Chickies Beef
Photograph: Courtesy Chickie's

It’s only been dishing out sandwiches since 2012, but this Hillside spot is actually a reincarnation of a stand that once ruled the Italian beef scene in Little Village. The beef sandwiches here could be described as matter-of-fact but satisfying: Shreds of lean beef are folded into fresh Gonnella rolls soft with a clear, mildly salty jus that doesn’t fuss around much with herbs and spices. The one point of intrigue is the unusual house giardiniera, a mix of razor-thin celery and jalapeño slices that contributes a briny, vegetal note (and surprisingly, only a hint of heat). If you need a little extra incentive to journey out to the ‘burbs, here’s a good one: Chickie’s also serves cannoli milkshakes.

By: Cate Huguelet


Venue name: Chickies Beef
Address: 1801 S Wolf Rd

Opening hours: Mon–Thurs 10:30am–9pm, Fri–Sat 11am–10pm, Sun 11am–8pm
Transport: Metra: UP-W to Bellwood.
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