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Like most great food cities, Chicago is a veritable melting pot of cultures. The metro area is home to strong, vibrant immigrant communities that have not only shaped the city's neighborhoods but have also infused the food scene with rich, traditional eats. It's no surprise then that over the past 100-plus years, Chicago has birthed some of its own originals, dishes that were first concocted here and remain fixtures on menus around town. Ask a local about the best pizza in Chicago and you'll find the house divided between deep dish and tavern-style. When you start talking handhelds, you'll get a history lesson in Chicago hot dogs, the Italian beef, the jibarito and something called the Gym Shoe sandwich. If you haven’t already guessed, we like to indulge. Check out the most iconic Chicago foods you have to try.